Welcome back to Last Week in TV where I search out the best (and sometimes worst) in the TV I watched and award it. This week the comedies were particularly strong. With the Olympics in full gear, the TV load is going to be light for a few weeks so don't forget to nominate those TV gems not already in my schedule. I may be able to do more than one. Thanks for reading and don't forget to hand out your own awards in the comments.
Melissa takes care of Stiles, helping him sleep, and he calls her, "Mom" in his delirium
The Teen Wolf parents are the best on TV right now, and Melissa has embraced the whole pack, werewolf and human. What makes this scene so poignant is that Stiles feels like he is literally going crazy. He's so out of his element and Melissa does everything a mom would in the situation. From tucking him in and palming his forehead to going to check on him later. When Stiles, in his delirium, mistakes her for his own dead mother, it hits hard. Was there anyone out there who didn't want Melissa to just adopt him on the spot? Great acting by Dylan O'Brien and Melissa Ponzio. Nothing else on TV came even close to the emotional punch of this scene.
Enlisted - 1.05 - Rear D Day - Pete: "You've got to embrace the suck."
There were a lot of great entrances this week. Derek slid into the action at Scott's home (TeenWolf), Nyssa descended on an overgrown scarf (Arrow), and Anana looked like a yeti before punching Sergio out (Helix), but May gets my vote. First off there was far too little May in the episode before she took out the Italian diplomat. Secondly, she took care of the shady politician before we had to deal with him for long. Thanks May. However, the real reason she gets the best entrance is because she is beaten and bloody, but so matter of fact about her return. It's like they should have expected her to just appear and so life continues.
Arrow does kick butt females very well, and Nyssa was no exception. She was well trained by her father, as seen when her bow and arrow fight with Olvier changes to hand-to-hand combat. I adore Arrow's action scenes and this one was even better than most. Her ability to change mid-fight shows her to be a very worthy opponent. I cannot wait until she comes back.
Nominated Show: Black Sails - 1.01 - Pilot
Almost Human took a huge leap forward in having a mytharc this episode. With the introduction of John Larroquette as the cybernetics scientist nursing a huge grudge, they have a potential Big Bad. It helps that Dorian somewhat looked at him like a father and Rudy, as a hero. Having personal stakes in the villain usually makes the story more compelling. Plus, Dr. Vaughn is smart. Here's hoping it isn't too little, too late for the series, which keeps getting better.
SHIELD experimented with a non-linear form of storytelling in this episode that started out very confusing to me but in the end worked. We had a return of several characters and we got a Stan Lee cameo. However, the big punch focused on Skye being shot. The only problem is that I don't care one iota if Skye dies so it fell a little flat for me.
Funniest Scene - Ward and Coulson try to work the holotable
After 7 years, it feels like Sheldon might be growing as a character. Woo hoo!
Enlisted - 1.05 - Rear D Day
This episode is another example of Enlisted tackling tough subjects with a lot of humor and heart. If you are not watching this show, you really need to. In this one we see the role of gender in the military and the difficulties of family life when a parent is deployed. Both are handled with great laughs. Plus we all need to remember to embrace the suck sometimes.
We are starting to get a lot of answers on Helix, and the missing children plot is impressive. I really like the new character, Anana. I can't wait to see what happens when she sees Daniel, or when Daniel is confronted with the lies Hatake told him. Julia was also impressive in this episode, although she is a little slow on what we all already know. She was experimented on as a chils. Time to fight through the memories and get to the bottom line. Why is Hatake so creepy about Julia? It's disturbing. The other problem, Alan is still as insufferable as always. He actually brings my grade down all by himself.
MVP - Julia, who drove the plot of the episode in almost every scene, even ones she wasn't in
Biggest Awww - Alan says goodbye to Doreen (VetLady)
Best New Addition - Anana, Arctic Warrior
-Ice Doctor, you would have won hands down on any other episode with your Three Stooges and vodka. Sadly, warrior women stole your spotlight.
Best Twist - Daniel is a missing twin and Anana's brother
Biggest Shock - CDC Junio admits to administering a lethal dose of morphine instead of hiding it
-All CDC people cause massive problems when they hide things. For the first time, one of them did not.
Creepy Child Alert - It's never a good sign when a child is laughing in genre shows. Never.
The "How Many Horcruxes did You Create?" Award - Pete, who just won't die
The "Not Them Again" Award - rats! Why is it always rats or monkeys on this show?
Most Creepy - Hatake humming over an unconcious Julia, while stroking her hair
Worst Thanksgiving/ Funniest Scene - Julia's dream dinner complete with sibling rivalry, starving guests, and goo-filled turkey.