Quotes of the Week: February 12-18

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Black Sails
Captain Berringer: The time calls for dark men to do dark things.

The Royals
Lord Westcott: We saw a king today, and it wasn’t you.

Jane the Virgin
Alba: It will always feel different. You’ll always feel different. But you will be okay. And your life will be beautiful again. Just in different ways.

New Girl
Kim: I don’t have to explain myself to a chimney sweep!

Timeless
Wyatt: We gotta get outta here right now.
Rufus: We’re just supposed to leave him here like this?
Wyatt: What do you wanna do? Wait for the cops? We don’t have IDs. I’m wearing button-fly jeans from The Gap! There’s nothing we can do.

Arrow
Oliver: We don’t run from hard choices. We rise up and we face tomorrow together.

Riverdale
Kevin: What was it like before she got here? I honestly cannot remember.

The Vampire Diaries
Damon: People do forgive, and when they do redemption *is* possible.

8 Muslim Characters…

This was, unfortunately, a much harder list to put together than my lists of Jewish and Christian characters. While we have started to slowly move away from the stereotype of Muslim characters only being depicted as terrorists, there still are not very many who are lead or recurring characters on mainstream television shows. I will preface this by saying I do not watch all of these shows, so I apologize if my descriptions of any of the characters is wrong.

1. Nasir Khan – The Night Of, played by Riz Ahmed
Nasir is Pakistani-American college student, born and raised in Queens, NY, who is accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side. He is denied bail when the District Attorney uses his Pakistani background to claim that he is a “flight risk.”

2. Nimah and Raina Amin – Quantico, played by Yasmine Al Massri
Arab-American twin sisters from Michigan who begin training for the FBI as one person to see if they could do the same while undercover in the field. Raina is the more conservative of the two, and the one that wears a hijab.

3. Arastoo Vaziri – Bones, played by Pej Vahdat
One of the Squinterns working at the Jeffersonian, he is originally from Iran but was exiled for his political views. His family still resides in the country, and Arastoo is allowed to visit Tehran when his brother is diagnosed with a brain tumor.

4. Aliyah Shadeed – American Crime, played by Regina King
The sister of drug addict Carter Nix, who has been accused of murder, she is relentless in trying to prove her brother’s innocence. She is American-born and a convert to Islam.

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Quotes of the Week: February 5-11

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Mercy Street
Chaplain Hopkins: In her grief is found our purpose. To comfort, not to confront.

Supergirl
M’gann: I’m brave because you showed me how to be.

Timeless
Josephine Baker: You know, Ernest calls them the Lost Generation, but I think he stole that from Gertrude.
Lucy: Lost Generation. I get it.
Josephine: Oh? How so?
Lucy: All seen too much violence. Aimless, confused, don’t know what’s right or wrong, good or bad.
Josephine: Sounds like you’re not just talking about them.
Lucy: I’m, uh… I-I was a teacher.
Josephine: Hmm.
Lucy: A good one. I loved the research, the facts. I love facts, they’re solid. You can trust them. Your personal life might be a mess, but you always have the facts. It’s like… standing on concrete. But then you realize you’re standing on quicksand, and nothing’s true.
Josephine: You know, you’re wrong about one thing.
Lucy: What’s that?
Josephine: When Ernest calls them the Lost Generation, he doesn’t mean aimless. He means battered. Broke down. But getting ready to stand back up. There’s a difference.
Lucy: I like that.

Wyatt: You can call it fate, or God, or the Force, but I am meant to do something. I am meant to protect the both of you. I see that now, and I will.
Lucy: You realize you sound like a crazy person, right?
Rufus: Mm-hmm.
Wyatt: I sound like you.
Lucy: Exactly.

This Is Us
Sophie: You better be dying. And soon. But you’re not, are you? No. Look at you. You’re glowing. God, that’s is so annoying. Why don’t you age?

Bones
Brennan: You’d think after 12 years you could handle a little viscera with your oatmeal.

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Quotes of the Week: January 29-February 4

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Black Sails
Silver: If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t considered killing you in months.

Victoria
Victoria: I have decided to go to Windsor.
Lord M: On a Wednesday?
Victoria: Yes. You know how fond I am of trees.

Albert: For me, this is not a marriage of convenience.
Victoria: No. I think it will be a marriage of inconvenience. But I have no choice.
Albert: Neither do I.

The Royals
Jasper: Maybe that’s what you need to see. She’s moving on, you can move on and never look back.
Liam: You give some shit advice sometimes, you know that? “She’s moving on”?… Eleanor had a date today.
Jasper: What? With who?
Liam: Just some naked prince. You tell me. That help you?
Jasper: No, you’re right. That was shit advice. It just actually made it so much worse.

Supergirl
Mon-El: I thought James was a professionally handsome desk person.

Livewire: You know what I love? Little boys who think they can do a better job than the woman who’s an *actual* superhero.

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Quotes of the Week: January 22-28

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Victoria
Queen Victoria: I would like my reign to be a merciful one.

The Royals
Eleanor: We have to trust somebody sometime, right?

Supergirl
Winn: I’m not the red shirt! I’m not the red shirt! You! You’re the red shirt!

Timeless
Wyatt: Why is everyone looking at us like they want to kill us?
Bass Reeves: Because the two of us are black, and one’s Indian.
Rufus: Huh. So, it’s like the scary version of Blazing Saddles.

Bass Reeves: Who the hell ever said “easy” and “right” were the same thing?

The West Wing
President Bartlet: The only thing you ever had to do to make me happy is come home at the end of the day.

The Flash
Barry: See, I’m livin’ with somebody now, so I can’t have criminals constantly interrupting our alone time.

H.R.: I think that a man often meets his destiny on the very road he takes to avoid it.

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Quotes of the Week: January 8-21

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Royals
Robert: Okay, everyone, we’re going to be extremely British right now and pretend that none of that just happened.

The Man in the High Castle
Ron: Used to be I thought victory was winning. Then I convinced myself it’s surviving. The truth is, I know I should do more.

No Tomorrow
Kareema: Detroit?! I can’t go to Michigan. That state’s shaped like a mitten, it’s way too adorable.

Talia: He is a model of the typical post-election American. Totally terrified that the end of the world is coming via a fiery orange nightmare barreling straight toward us.

This Is Us
Toby: I would totally marry you, if that’s something you’re down with.
Kate: You would?
Toby: I’d marry the hell outta you, Kate Pearson.
Kate: You would? Wait, just like that?
Toby: Just like that? It was just like that from the moment I met you, kid.

Shooter
Jack: You’ll never shoot. You’re a housewife.
Julie: I’m a Swagger.

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Quotes of the Week: December 18-January 7

These are my favorite quotes from the past few weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Shameless
Frank: It’s like a family heirloom, only drugs!

Frank: Every time I look at one of you kid’s faces, I see her face looking back at me – smiling, laughing. She was strong. And you’re strong. And she was brave, and you’re brave. I know you didn’t think much of her, but…she loved you. And you wouldn’t be who you are, and I wouldn’t be who I am, if she hadn’t come into our lives. So, hate her if you want…but she’s in you, and that’s a good thing.

The Royals
Eleanor: Don’t ever doubt your words again. They’re perfect. Just believe in them.

No Tomorrow
Evie: You’ve convinced yourself the past doesn’t matter because you’re too afraid to confront it.

Vikings
Ragnar: Everyone will always underestimate you. You must make them pay for it.

Crazyhead
Raquel: Do demons like figure skating? Did you really just ask me that?
Amy: I’m not familiar with their leisure pursuits.

Suzanne: Just because I died doesn’t mean we can’t snuggle.

Sense8
Wolfgang: Happy fuckin’ New Year.

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8 New Mid-Season Shows…

Earlier in the week, I posted my list of the returning shows I am excited about, so here are some new shows to check out.

1. One Day at a Time, the first season was released today, January 6th, on Netflix, stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky. A newly single Latina mother struggles to raise her teenage children with the help of her mother. It is a re-imagining of the 70s show of the same name, from Executive Producer Norman Lear. I have heard great things about this series and have already watched the first episode, which was really funny but also had a lot of heart. Once I finish writing this post, I plan to watch the rest of the episodes.



2. Taboo, premieres January 10th on FX Networks, stars Tom Hardy, Jessie Buckley, Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Franka Potente, Jason Watkins, Jefferson Hall, Ed Hogg, Michael Kelly, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Woodeson, Stephen Graham, and Tom Hollander. Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who was believed to be long dead, but he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. His father’s legacy has been ruined, and James must protect himself from enemies while discovering his family’s dark secrets. Even after reading that description, I do not really know what the show is about, but it stars Tom Hardy, so I am in.



3. Victoria, premieres January 15th on PBS, stars Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Nell Hudson, Peter Bowles, Catherine Flemming, Daniela Holtz, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tommy Knight, Nigel Lindsay, Eve Myles, David Oakes, Adrian Schiller, Peter Firth, Alex Jennings, and Rufus Sewell. This series is a look at the early life of Britain’s Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at eighteen through to her marriage to Prince Albert. I loved the movie The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt, so I am not sure how I will feel about Jenna Coleman in the role, but I will give it a try. As I have said before, and will surely say again, I just find the history of the British monarchy fascinating, and will pretty much watch anything involving them.



4. SIX, premieres on History, stars Walton Goggins, Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge, Dominic Adams, Brianne Davis, Nadine Velazquez, Jaylen Moore, Donny Boaz, and Nondumiso Tembe. This series is inspired by the real missions of Navy SEAL Team Six. Each season will be about a different mission, with the first season focusing on a 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan that goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. This was originally supposed to be released last summer, but it got delayed. I wrote about it then, and am still really excited about it. The cast is awesome, and I hope it will be a fantastic series.

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8 Returning Mid-Season Shows…

I know you have all been waiting for this, so here is my list of returning shows that I am most looking forward to in 2017. Sometimes, I look back at these lists and mourn the shows we have lost too soon or found their natural end. Hopefully, there are not too many of them this year.

1. BONES, season 12 premieres January 3rd on Fox, Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Michael Grant Terry, Eugene Byrd, Carla Gallo, Pej Vahdat, Ryan O’Neal, Joel David Moore, Ignacio Serricchio, Laura Spencer, and Eric Milligan. In this final season premiere, Dr. Brennan has been kidnapped by former squintern Zack Addy. No one knows what Zack is up to, but Agents Booth and Aubrey, with the help of the Jeffersonian team, must find her and bring her home safely. This has never been one of my “must-watch” shows, but it has been consistently well-written, and the chemistry among the entire cast is always excellent. I am interested to see how they bring this series to a close.



2. HOMELAND, season 6 premieres January 15th on Showtime, stars Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham, Sebastian Koch, and Elizabeth Marvel. Carrie is back in the United States with Franny, and is working as an advocate for Muslim Americans. Saul and the CIA have a new President-Elect to brief, and she is not necessarily on their side. Quinn is awake, and dealing with the reality of his health situation. It all sounds like it might hit a little too close to home for our country right now, which means it should definitely be an interesting season.



3. MERCY STREET, season 2 premieres January 22nd on PBS, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, AnnaSophia Robb, McKinley Belcher III, Patina Miller, Hannah James, Norbert Leo Butz, Josh Radnor, Lyne Renée, Tara Summers, Bryce Pinkham, L. Scott Caldwell, Brían F. O’Byrne, Luke Macfarlane, Jack Falahee, Donna Murphy, Brad Koed, Gary Cole, Suzanne Bertish, Shalita Grant, and Peter Gerety. I did not watch the first season as it aired, but once I realized what a fantastic cast it had, I decided I need to give it a try. Set during the Civil War, this show takes places at a hospital in Virginia, where both Union and Confederate soldiers are treated. The nurses, doctors, and the freed slaves that work at the hospital all have differing views about what it means to do good during this time of conflict. The second season picks up in June of 1862 and everyone is realizing that things in the country are going to get much worse before they get better.



4. OUTSIDERS, season 2 premieres January 24th on WGN America, stars David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Kyle Gallner, Thomas M. Wright, Gillian Alexy, Joe Anderson, and Christina Jackson. The first season ended with a stand-off on the mountain between the Farrells and the local law enforcement and, from the trailer, it looks like there will be a pretty epic fight in the first episode back. The coal company and the town are still looking for a way to contain the Farrells, which causes some fighting within the clan. I loved the first season, and this second one looks even more action-packed, so I am very excited to see what happens next.

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8 Episodes from 2016…

My list of favorite episodes each year is usually a combination of things that made me think, and things that just made me really happy. I always like to preface my list with the recognition that these are simply *my* favorite episodes, and not necessarily the best episodes, because I know that there is way too much good TV to make that statement, and that other people have different tastes than me. So, here we go…

1. Game of Thrones “The Winds of Winter”
The previous episode “The Battle of the Bastards” was also fantastic, but this is my favorite because everything starts to come together in the season finale. Cersei refuses to stand trial, and instead blows up the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, and most of the Tyrell family. Tommen then kills himself, and Cersei takes the Iron Throne. Aria exacts vengeance on House Frey for the Red Wedding. Bran has become the Three-Eyed Raven and learns that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Jon and Sansa have reclaimed Winterfell for the Starks, and Jon is named the King of the North by the rest of the Northern families, with a little help from Lyanna Mormont. Daenerys makes Tyrion the Hand of the Queen and begins sailing across the Summer Sea with her dragons and her army, aligned with Dorne, Highgarden, and House Greyjoy. Everything seems to have fallen into place, and it set-up what will hopefully be a eventful season seven. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

2. Black Sails “XXVIII”
I had not read a lot about the show before starting to watch, and have never read Treasure Island, so I actually did not know that the show is a prequel to the book until the end of the most recent season. I mostly just like pirates and decided to finally catch up on the whole series this year. In this season finale, there is an epic battle between Flint’s and Rackham’s crews, the Maroons and the British. After the British are handily defeated, with help from Blackbeard, the pirate captains sit down together and begin to figure out a plan to take back Nassau. Meanwhile, Billy Bones and a few select others have been instilling fear in the people of the island, and Silver is finally given the name ‘Long John Silver.’ Lines have been drawn in Nassau, and if you are not with the pirates, you are against them.

3. 12 Monkeys “Blood Washed Away”
For me, this is the best science fiction show on television right now. Every season I think they cannot possibly blow my mind any more, and then they do, over and over again throughout the season. Cole and Cassie are stuck together in 1958, with no way back to the future unless they stop the primary from causing another paradox. When they fail, they FINALLY admit to each other that they are both in love, and they face those feelings head on. Back in 2044, everyone else is searching for Titan so that they can kill The Witness. This is not the season finale, but it ends in such a way that you have no idea how they could possibly go on from here, and yet they do somehow, and it is excellent.

4. Lovesick “Frankie”
This show makes me laugh a lot. This episode in particular made me cry with laughter. The reason this episode has made my list is because of one specific scene where Angus has eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms and somehow manages to get into the freezer at a grocery store. He is enjoying the cold temperature, and tells Dylan that it’s like being in Narnia. When the grocery store employee tells him to get out, he tries to hide by putting a bag of frozen peas over his face. Later, after Dylan’s car gets a flat tire, Angus is afraid that they are being watched so he runs into the woods and climbs a tree. I chuckle just thinking about it.

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