The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (7/20 – 7/27)

This week in television started off with the annual “Men Tell All” episode of The Bachelorette on Monday. On Wednesday, new group routines added some spark to this season of So You Think You Can Dance, and alliances continued to shift on a new episode of Suits.

Overall, this wasn’t a terribly exciting week in the world of television. In fact, it was pretty darn boring. Thankfully, there was plenty of fun media content to be found on the Internet—thanks to all of the interviews and panels coming out of San Diego for Comic-Con. I know it’s bending the rules a little bit to pick something not on television for “the best thing I saw on TV this week,” but for this week, let’s change it to “the best thing I watched this week.”

I watched so many amazing Comic Con panels over the last few days—from the emotional Orphan Black panel to the adorable Once Upon a Time panel. However, the best content to come out of San Diego was brought to us courtesy of Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ. While I loved the Orphan Black Nerd HQ panel (especially Levi talking about how special the cast seems because that feels so true), I’m not sure anything I’ve watched on any platform this summer compares to the inspiring perfection of Nerd HQ’s “Conversation with Badass Women Mystery Guests.”

The list of panelists featured some of my favorite women in television: Yvonne Strahovski, Retta, Missy Peregrym, Jennifer Morrison, Ming-Na Wen, and Sophie Turner. What I loved most about the women on this panel was the fact that they represent so many ways that women can be badasses. From the moment I saw that Turner was on this panel, I knew I was going to love it because Sansa Stark doesn’t get enough credit for her strength. I’ve always believed there are so many ways women can be strong, and it was nice to see all of those kinds of strength represented on that panel. It was also lovely to see the women themselves acknowledge that strength doesn’t just come from taking down bad guys; it’s often shown in being vulnerable and open with others.

As the panel went on, I found myself more and more impressed by each woman on that panel. They were all so articulate, so passionate, and so different. It was amazing to see that these women didn’t just represent characters who prove there’s more than one way for women to be strong; these women themselves each exuded their own kinds of strength and confidence. But they all have one important thing in common: They all have the courage of conviction to be exactly who they are. It was very inspiring for me to see these actresses talk with such confidence about owning who they are and the choices they make.

It was beautiful to watch the women in the audience talk so openly about how these actresses have inspired them because I relate so strongly to that. Whether it’s Sarah Walker or Sansa Stark as characters or Jennifer Morrison as an actress, I saw my own respect for these women and their fictional counterparts reflected in the emotion on display by those in the audience who asked questions. I closed my computer after that panel last night and went to bed feeling more inspired to be true to myself and proud of my own strengths than I’ve felt in a long time.

I’ll leave you with these beautiful words spoken by Morrison, which serve as perfect advice for us all and remind me of exactly what I strive to do every day as a writer and blog runner:

Be brave enough to be yourself, and be good to each other.

What was the best thing you saw on TV or from Comic-Con this week?

5 thoughts on “The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (7/20 – 7/27)

  1. You know this is my pick too. I am so glad we were watching this together in real time because it was nice to know I wasn’t crying alone. I liked all of these women before this panel, and after this panel I just wish I could give them all hugs and thank them personally for being so inspiring.

    I love that not only did they talk about what makes a great strong female character on TV, they all showed those same traits themselves. I will always respect someone who shows true vulnerability, and they all did in that panel. And that is what made it so special. This panel wasnt just about being witty or funny or entertaining their audience, they shared real emotion and experiences, and thats what clicked. Thats what made this panel just feel special on a level that you dont normally see coming from from a press event like comic-con.

    Sadly the magic of that panel is something thats hard to recreate. You cant force moments like this one, and even if Nerd HQ was to have another ‘badass women’ panel next year there is no guarantee it will be as great as this one. A part of me will always kick myself for not being there in person, but the fact I was still able to experience it at home is something I will cherish for a very long time.

    • I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your “JMo is on this panel!” tweet because otherwise I would have missed watching all of this perfection unfold live. Watching with you was wonderful because I always like to know someone else is sharing my (very intense) feelings.

      Your whole second paragraph is perfect. What was special about this panel was that it didn’t feel like just another group of actresses talking about roles they play; it was a group of women talking about who they are and the roads they’ve traveled to grow comfortable with themselves and their priorities. These women seem to genuinely love and accept themselves for exactly who they are, and that’s something I greatly admire. That kind of self-acceptance came through in every word they said without any of them ever starting to feel preachy or fake about it, and that’s what affected me the most. They don’t just talk the talk about being strong women; they walk the walk, showing all the ways women can be strong.

  2. I finally got to watching this panel and it was very interesting. I didn’t know very much about some of these actresses (or anything at all about a couple of them) but it was a really good watch. I would have loved to hear even more from Yvonne, Retta, and Ming-Na about their family backgrounds. I’m always a bit uncomfortable watching these kinds of panels, especially if there is any hint of conflict between any of the participants, but I watched while I was doing other things and found so much of it really great. I want to see so many more Retta interviews now. I would love to watch her talk with other comedian “bitches getting shit done” like Amy and Tina.

    It took me ages to realize that Yvonne was my favorite character on the season of 24 that just wrapped up. She was really great. I didn’t realize she was on Chuck or that she’s Australian.

    And geez, Comic-Con really is like Christmas in July for Once fans, huh? Even better than I could have hoped for. I keep catching myself grinning maniacally while scrolling through all the tumblr goodness. Thank you again for sharing your love of this show! 🙂

    • First of all, it never fails to make me smile to hear you talk about how much you’ve come to love Once Upon a Time. I’m so glad to have played any small part in you finding a show and fandom you really enjoy. 🙂

      Like you, I could have listened to Yvonne, Ming-Na, and Retta talk about their parents for another hour. In fact, I wish this whole panel could have been longer. I would have watched these fabulous ladies talk all night!

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