Another fantastic week in television has come and gone, and with it came some excellent season premieres and episodes that continue to have me hopeful for this entire TV season as a whole.
Last Sunday’s Once Upon a Time premiere had me on the edge of my seat and completely buying into the idea that this season will give me the emotional content and character development that last season often lacked. That hopeful feeling extended into my viewing of the season premiere of The Good Wife, which also reminded me of all of the things I first fell in love with about the show.
Monday’s Dancing with the Stars episode made my love for Bill Engvall only grow stronger, and Castle was everything I’d hoped it would be and more. Tuesday’s TV lineup included an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featuring the cameo I’d been waiting for since I’d heard about the show, as well as episodes of New Girl and The Mindy Project that packed quite the emotional punch.
Wednesday’s Nashville episode was a great followup to a fantastic season premiere, even though the scene between Rayna and Deacon broke my heart. Thursday reminded me of all the ways TV can make me laugh (Ron Swanson’s accidental Vine on Parks and Recreation) and all the ways it can make me feel (the entirety of Scandal‘s breathtaking season premiere).
I only started watching Scandal with this week’s recap show and season premiere (besides YouTube clips of the most talked-about scenes and about 3/4 of last season’s finale), but I’m so happy I decided to tune in when I did—because it was the best thing I saw in a great week of television. Everything about that premiere was smart—the twists, the dialogue, and even the wardrobe choices (that white trench coat!). And it all culminated in one phenomenal scene between Fitz, Olivia, and Mellie in a secret bunker. My favorite thing about that scene was the way there were so many things being said without words between all of the characters, especially between Fitz and Olivia. It’s a brave thing for a network drama to have a scene so long featuring nothing but three people talking, but when the acting is this good, it’s hard to believe anyone would be able to turn away.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?