This week in television kicked off on Sunday with a closer look at several of the love stories on Once Upon a Time; a classic Jake/Holt team-up on Brooklyn Nine-Nine; and an episode of The Good Wife that put both Jackie and Veronica in the spotlight. On Monday, the contestants on Dancing with the Stars paid homage to some of the most famous dance routines in pop culture history; Jane the Virgin introduced us to “Bachelorette Jane;” and Castle showed us that it doesn’t take an expert in sniffing out the truth to know that Castle and Beckett still care for each other. Tuesday’s episode of The Flash gave us more insight into both the West and Snart families, and Wednesday’s episode of Nashville continued to tackle heavy material—as Deacon and Scarlett worked through their issues, while Avery and Juliette seemed unable to work through theirs.
While there were plenty of strong moments on television this week, my favorite was basically a forgone conclusion from the moment it aired on Sunday night. I’m a sucker for romance; I love a good love story. And there’s something truly special about getting to watch a new fairytale romance being created right before our eyes every week on Once Upon a Time through the relationship between Emma and Killian.
This season of Once Upon a Time is full of darkness, but what I love so much about this show is that it never feels hopeless. There’s always something sweet to balance out the bitter. And in this episode, that sweetness came from Emma and Killian’s scenes in Camelot. Whether it was Killian’s adorable enthusiasm upon learning about Henry’s crush (Could Colin O’Donoghue have a more perfectly expressive face? I think not.) or his insistence that he and Emma could get back to a “white picket fence life” (O’Donoghue’s sincere line delivery made me cry once again in that moment), I was struck by the beauty of this character who battled darkness for centuries embracing the light within himself just in time to help Emma hold on to the light inside of her.
The idea of love being a light in the darkness was shown in such a beautiful way during Emma and Killian’s scene among the flowers. The cinematography during that scene was stunning, with both characters bathed in a gentle, glowing light. Sometimes all we need to let go of the demons in our own head is to share our struggle with someone—to open up and let someone help us. Emma was able to do that with Killian, and she was rewarded for putting her faith in their love with a much-needed moment of peace.
The sweeping camera work during their kiss solidified this moment as one of pure fairytale romance, and sometimes that’s all you want from a show called Once Upon a Time. At a time when a lot of the shows I watch are having trouble balancing heavy and hopeful storylines, Once Upon a Time has achieved that balance this season, and much of its success has come from its focus on the way love can provide a light for us and give us strength in the darkest times in our lives.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?