12 Monkeys

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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Quotes of the Week: July 10-23

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 Last Ship
Allison: What do you wanna give ’em?
President Michener: Nothing. Except maybe my middle finger.

12 Monkeys
Charlie: When it comes down to it, the only thing you’ll be wishing for is more time. Trust me.

Jennifer: So much for backgammon in Palm Springs!

UnReal
Chet: This has to stay in the family.

Graham: What do you think, Rach? Is that okay for an act break? Tension over who to choose?
Rachel: Yes, Graham, it’s fine, but don’t think, okay? It makes you look fat.

Happy Town
Handsome Dan Farmer: I’m a firm believer that all of a society’s ills could be quelled if everybody just had a little pudding.

Bones
Brennan: I don’t need to hear him tell me that I was right. It’s enough to know that *he* knows I was right.

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Quotes of the Week: June 26-July 10

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.

Game of Thrones
Qyburn: Sometimes, before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest.

Jon: I’m not a Stark.
Sansa: You are to me.

Veep
President Meyer: Kent, can you give a girl some warning next time before you jam it in the back door?
Kent: Data gives no warning, ma’am.

Preacher
Emily: This doesn’t feel like you.
Jesse: It’s not me. It’s God.

12 Monkeys
Cole: Kill me. Kill the witness. It doesn’t matter because you’ll still be afraid of yourself.

Old Jennifer: Hello, egg. I’m chicken.

Young Jennifer: We’re not brave.
Old Jennifer: But you can be a better me than I was.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Samuel: This is not about them, Robert. This about something greater than them, and us.

Abe: I killed him! I killed Thomas. I killed my brother. I killed…I killed Thomas. I started the riots at King’s College. It was a prank that went wrong, but I started it and I…felt responsible for his life, so I took it. I took his intended. I took his inheritance. I took his good Tory name, but it wasn’t me! It was never me. You ask who I am, but I don’t know. I buried that man along with my brother. I thought that maybe one day I’d meet him again in the soul of the son that I named after him, and on that day I’d tell him that I lied. Then I lied to try and make things right, but it didn’t work. It didn’t work. But I can’t lie anymore. And as for these crimes that I’m accused of committing, my only regret is that I didn’t commit them sooner.

Casual
Laura: You could go talk to her.
Alex: Grow down, will ya?

Animal Kingdom
Deran: Hey, can we not talk about our mom in the strip club right now? Thank you.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Sarah: If you’re gonna be a hero, you gotta learn how to drive stick.

Killjoys
D’Avin: So, we’re not gonna talk at all about your people flooding me with magic green shit while floating naked in a tub?
Khlyen: That would be my preference.

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Quotes of the Week: June 12-25

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 Americans
William: The absence of closeness makes you dry inside.

Game of Thrones
Brienne: Don’t die for pride when you can fight for blood.

Jaqen: Finally, a girl is no one.
Arya: A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home.

12 Monkeys
Jennifer: If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that nothing frees you to be crazy like learning that you’re not.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Talmadge: I know there’s nothing more painful for you, nor is there anything more necessary for the cause. We make sacrifices so that others don’t have to.

Orphan Black
Krystal: Wait, who are you again?
Sarah: I’m Sarah. I’m your clone.
Krystal: Right, whatever.

Alison: (deleted scene) What can we do, Sarah? I have the runs, but I’m packing heat.

The Last Tycoon
Monroe: Some things exist just to be beautiful. They don’t have to make any more sense than that.

Outlander
Ross: What happened to him?
Rupert: I decided to take a closer look at a musket ball.

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Quotes of the Week: May 29-June 11

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. (Apologies for posting this late. I was in an ATX Television Festival bubble all weekend and forgot.)

12 Monkeys
Deacon: Die as a pacifist or live as a man.
Dr. Eckland: Violence doesn’t make a man.
Deacon: No, but it’s a good way to unmake one.

Peaky Blinders
Tommy: You can change what you do. You can’t change what you want.

Casual
Beth: Is this your daughter?
Alex: Niece, but we’re actually the same person.
Laura: Uh, no, I’m better adjusted.
Alex: She is.

Preacher
Tulip: What happened, Preacher? Jesus take your wheel?

Game of Thrones
Lady Olenna: I wonder if you’re the worst person I’ve ever met. At a certain age, it’s hard to recall.

Jamie: A Lannister always pays…
Bronn: Don’t say it. Don’t fucking say it.

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Quotes of the Week: May 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.

Game of Thrones
Jaqen: Does death only come for the wicked, and leave the decent behind?

Preacher
Jesse: I don’t hate you, Tulip. I wouldn’t know how.
Tulip: Don’t make me teach you then.

Jesse: Promises matter. It’s the currency of faith.

Veep
President Meyer: I love it. Domestic abuse jokes. They just tickle me!

12 Monkeys
Cole: We?
Ramse: You’re all leap, no look, little brother. You’re gonna get yourself killed.
Cole: My hero.
Ramse: It’s either that or Jonesy sends me back in time to save your ass again.
Cole: You’re crazy about me. Just admit it.

Jennifer: Death is, like, everything. It’s a time clock that makes us better. Makes us love harder. I don’t know, I think it’s, like, maybe, what makes us human.

Blindspot
Oscar: Phase two is about burning it to the ground so we can start again.

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Quotes of the Week: May 15-21

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.

Game of Thrones
Grey Worm: You will not use them. They will use you. That is what they do.

Daenerys: You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki. But I am. So I will.

Veep
President Meyer: You’re gonna cancel this recount like Anne Frank’s bat mitzvah!

Jane the Virgin
Rogelio: Why do you have a sex basket from my mortal enemy?
Xiomara: That’s not a sex basket.
Rogelio: I know a sex basket when I see one!!

Rogelio: Jane, please stop running! Your makeup will melt! Let me carry you!
Jane: No way. Then you’re makeup will melt!
Rogelio: You’re right! We’ll reapply when we get there!

12 Monkeys
Dr. Jones: This is what happens when you play God and you don’t know your lines.

Cassie: You are a pain in the ass in *every* time period.

Jennifer: Maybe every version of me thinks you’re kind of a bitch.

The Flash
Joe: The is where I play stupid and you explain science.

Barry: We’re supposed to think we’re something we’re not until we become that thing.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson: You think vengeance is the missing piece of the puzzle, that it will make you whole again but all it does is break you further.

Lincoln: Saving the girl I love and the world at the same time? Feels pretty right to me.

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Quotes of the Week: May 8-14

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.

The Good Wife
Alicia: You think you can play the emotional card with me? You think I’m gonna break down and cry? Look at me. Do I look like I’m breaking down?

Lucca: Who do you want to come home to every night? Who do you want to see when you open your door?

Alicia: I’ll love you forever.
Will: I’m okay with that.

Game of Thrones
Tormund: They think you’re some kind of god. The man who returned from the dead.
Jon: I’m not a god.
Tormund: I know that. I saw your pecker. What kind of god would have a pecker that small?

Lady Olenna: Margaery is the queen. You are *not* the queen because you are not married to the king. I do appreciate that things can get a bit confusing in your family.

Jaqen: If a girl is truly no one, she has nothing to fear.

Veep
President Meyer: Can I *really* blame another country for something they didn’t do?
Ben: It’s been the cornerstone of American foreign policy since the Spanish-American War.

Elementary
Morland: Being loved by you is a dangerous thing, Sherlock. Probably why I’m still alive. Men like us, we’re not meant to make such connections.

Jane the Virgin
Xiomara: Where are you going?
Jane: To make sure Petra doesn’t corrupt Rafael’s soul.

12 Monkeys
Cole: We need to bury the past. It’s the only way to save the future.

Blindspot
Weller: These *look* like they belong in a museum.
Patterson: Thank you! I collect a lot of cool stuff.

Castle
Alexis: We’re going to open it now, right?
Castle: Well, duh. When an axe-wielding psychopath is killed by a demon trying to get inside, clearly, whatever’s in there is worth seeing.

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Quotes of the Week: April 5-11

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Good Wife
Diane: The law is supposed to be fair, not impersonal.

The Originals
Klaus: Honestly, it’s all temper and no timing with this one. I, for one, am glad you gave her away so that I could be born. You should think of me as an upgrade.

Jane the Virgin
Narrator: There is a famous saying: if you can’t be with the one you love, love the identical twin of the guy you were cheating with.

Outlander
Jamie: I swear on the cross of my Lord Jesus, and by the holy iron which I hold, that I give you my fealty and pledge you my loyalty. If ever my hand is raised in rebellion against you again, then I ask that this holy iron may piece my heart.

Jamie: Seems I cannot possess your soul without losing my own.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson: You always travel with whiskey and shot glasses?
Hunter: Never know when you need something to keep you warm on a cold night.
Coulson: Two glasses?
Hunter: The other one’s for the person keeping me warm…but in your case I’ll make an exception.

New Girl
Fawn: You don’t really strike me as the “networking” type. You’re more of a “follow a butterfly around for a day” kinda gal.

Schmidt: How about a fake beard? Get some double-sided tape, we can shave Winston’s cat…

iZombie
Blaine: I made you a zombie, but I would never make you a whore.

Younger
Maggie: Last time I was in New Jersey, it was illegal to pump your own gas.
Liza: It still is.
Maggie: Still? So, same-sex marriage is legal, but pumping your own gas isn’t?
Liza: Yup.
Maggie: I like New Jersey!

12 Monkeys
Ramse: It took time travel to create time travel. There are no straight lines.

Quotes of the Week: March 22-28

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Musketeers
Vargas: You bring women to fight your battles?
Constance: Perhaps I bring men to fight mine.

Once Upon a Time
Poseidon: As long as you live in my ocean, you will live by my rules.

Hook: Maybe she was right. Maybe villains can’t get their happy endings.
Ariel: Maybe that’s because villains always go about getting them the wrong way.

Mary-Margaret: First thing you learn as a bandit: the back door’s usually unlocked.

Shameless
Frank: You’re my favorite dying person I’ve ever met.

Veronica: Why would anyone want to be with you?
Frank: Well, why wouldn’t they?
Kermit: Chlamydia and herpes for starters. Poor hygiene, alcoholism, lack of a moral compass…
Frank: Fine. But my good qualities vastly out weigh my bad ones.
Veronica: Name one.
Frank: How about, uh, a lust for adventure, a bottomless libido.
Kermit: Geez.
Frank: I show up with drugs, companionship, pro bono sex. What more could a dying woman want?

Looking
Kevin: You’re going on about honesty, maybe *you* should look in the mirror.
Patrick: I just did and I look fine. My hair is looking a little middle-aged-lesbian but, whatever.

Glee
Sue: You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that “glee,” by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now, it’s no secret that for a long time, I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I can see, the Glee Club is nothing more than a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away, and delude themselves that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that out in the real world, there’s not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak and failure. You know what? I was exactly right. That’s exactly what Glee Club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realize, now that I’m well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world, not as it is, but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Glee is about imagining a world like that, and finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That’s what Glee Club is. And, for the longest time, I thought that was silly. And now, I think it’s just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.

Community
Chang: Could you guys be bigger nerds?
Abed: No, most of us have achieved our maximum potential.
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