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Spring ’16 Finale Roundup: Week Three

| May 16 – 22 |

We’d like to officially declare this finale season as “unwanted TV death season” since it seems to be a common denominator amongst all the series we’re watching. Death on television isn’t always shocking, sometimes we’re able to see it coming from a mile away, but Once Upon A Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Quantico writers have decided to be ruthless.

Most Noteworthy Performance by an Actress
“Ascension” | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Chloe Bennet

Chloe Bennet’s character went through a plethora of emotions throughout S.H.I.E.L.D.’s two-hour special, but it was the incredibly organic reaction to Lincoln’s sacrificial choice that broke us. We hate to compare, but did anyone else get flashbacks to Steve and Peggy’s goodbye in Captain America: The First Avenger when contact officially broke? Bennet’s breakdown solidified the strength of Daisy’s adoration beautifully. And in that moment, it was clear Lincoln’s death would impact her in a way that’s bound to change things forever. Even if we hadn’t seen the final moments, Bennet’s breakdown alone showcased plenty.

Most Noteworthy Performance by an Actor
“Yes” | Quantico
Tate Ellington

I was prepared for a death in Quantico, but I wasn’t prepared for Simon’s. He was the last character I imagined would lose his life because I firmly believed he’d be just as safe as Chopra’s Alex Perrish. And unsurprisingly, I was a mess throughout Simon’s entire goodbye. Tate Ellington has layered Simon wonderfully, but his work in “Yes” has left me speechless. The moment it became clear Simon would make the sacrificial choice, I was already in tears, but Ellington’s goodbyes over the phone were some of the most impeccable work on this series to date. Ellington managed to fortify a great amount of love for his fellow agents exceptionally. The amount of raw compassion and pain Ellington conveyed through his conversations with his friends layered his character even further showcasing that this is a man who’s always cared profoundly for his friends. The amount of fear exhibited through the terror in his voice and his expressiveness managed to make each second incredibly organic.

Most Exquisite Moment
“An Untold Story” | Once Upon A Time

When a character as broken and as armored as Emma Swan opens her heart up, you know it’s going to be magical. And when a man with a colossal amount of self-hatred learns he’s profoundly adored, there’s great beauty in the realization. Emma finally being able to tell Killian she loves him without a threat standing in either of their way made for an irrevocably breathtaking moment. It wasn’t just a simple “I love you”, it was a promise that an immaculate, ardent adoration will be the foundation which their future will always be built on.

Most Stunning Montage
“Ascension” | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Lincoln’s death wasn’t something I wanted or expected, but the scene itself was undeniably gorgeous. To see people come to the realization that they care so deeply for Lincoln was something we had waited long to see, and though it was tragic that it occurred during his death, the moment he rose and connections broke, there were tears. Tears because he was finally free from the trouble he’d faced all his life, the addictions he fought, and the isolation he felt. It was tragically liberating, and heartbreaking, but nonetheless, symbolically stunning.

“Wait what? What just happened?”
“Yes” | Quantico

Quantico’s ending was expected. I can’t say I’m surprised that Liam was involved, but I am surprised that Simon’s now gone and Alex is no longer part of the FBI. But can Simon really be gone? Is there a chance we’ll see him again? While we know she won’t accept the CIA’s offer (the show is called Quantico), what I want to know is whether or not someone else is involved to kick start a new quest for her with the FBI. And whether that’s a whole new case or something that’s been growing under their noses the entire time, I’m excited to learn.


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