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These are the TV moments we can't stop talking about
Afraid you might've missed something major on TV this week? Not to fear! Here, we break down all the biggest moments of the week, for better and for worse, by dishing out some prizes to those small screen moments that stood out the most.
The preview we can't stop thinking about: Thanks to the Super Bowl, there were a lot of new commercials and trailers to savor this week, but the one that has stuck with us most is the first-look at Jordan Peele'sThe Twilight Zone. If this series reboot wasn't exciting enough with all of its buzzy cast members and what storylines we know we can expect, this spoiler-free and rather simple preview really sent the message home that this take would have exactly the right tone and texture to serve as an eerie socio-commentary of our time. Game of Thrones might've upped its WTF factor a bit with that completely unexpected Bud Light crossover, and The Handmaid's Tale's melting record-style sound effect was well-played, but Peele was the secret hero of the whole Super Bowl with this trailer (and the one for Us, AND the one for Toy Story 4).
The stunt that almost gave us a heart attack: The first two episodes of CBS' new reality competition series The World's Best had everyone holding their breath as British daredevil Matt Johnson, aka "The Drowning Man," decided to lock himself into a water-filled tank so that they could prove himself a bona fide escape artist. As time ticked past the 2-minute mark on his submersion, and he proceeded to fumble for the dropped key that would save him, the expressions on James Corden, Drew Barrymore, Rupaul and Faith Hill's faces said it all: This guy is either really brave or completely nuts (or both), and it's not clear if he's going to pull this off or die right now. The good news is, he ultimately made it out. Gasping, but still alive. Phew.
Most GIFable moment: Terry Crews shaking his stuff on America's Got Talentis one of the best things that happened all week.
Pettiest company drama: Here we go again with Netflix getting more shade from its competitors. This time, it was FX CEO John Landgraf who cast some doubt on all those jaw-dropping viewership numbers the streaming service has been touting lately. Hmmm.
Biggest groan: Speaking of Netflix, the company has decided to transform itself into Goop TV this fall for some reason.
The most awkward first kiss: The Bachelor really outdid itself this week by having Heather receive her first kiss EVER on the show. Unlike Elyse, who didn't seem to get the memo that she'd have to share Colton Underwood (or that he hadn't proposed to her yet), Heather was happy to swap spit with Colton in Thailand... after what felt like 20 minutes of tension-building awkward silence, of course.
Best first kiss: Shout out to Riverdale for finally getting Archie (KJ Apa) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) to go there (hopefully this has no bearing on Josie's decision to move to New York), but we gotta give the best first kiss of the week prize to DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) on Grey's Anatomy. This is the thing MerLuca fans have been waiting for, after that straight-up mean elevator tease. DeLuca got pretty spicy in the build-up to it, though, no?
The coolest cameo onslaught: Arrow's 150th episode was straight-up bananas with the key character cameos. The docu-style episode featured Oliver (Stephen Amell) being followed around by the film crew, with interviews of Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Sin (Bex Taylor-Klaus), Rory Regan (Joe DiNicol), Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Diggle (David Ramsey) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). Plus, the episode's action got Rene (Rick Gonzalez), Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) back into their vigilante masks without them ending up in prison. Hooray! All was well until we got a look at the future, as Blackstar (Katherine McNamara) and Connor Hawke (Joseph David Jones) visited the now-run-down Arrow cave and hinted that there are some dark days ahead for our heroes.
Valuable lesson time: Like its parent program, Grown-ish decided to slow down and try and teach us all a little something with its latest episode centered around a thoughtful and nuanced discussion of the college's new policy about consent. Good talk.
The unsurprising surprise: The Masked Singer has certainly surprised us before, but not this week. The revelation that the Raven was Ricki Lake was a surprise to exactly zero people who'd been paying attention to her little clues.
Biggest letdown: Chicago P.D.'s second effort to address the Black Lives Matter movement was a well-intentioned mess and blew yet another opportunity to take a stand.
Manliest man tears: Supernatural's 300th episode was full of attractive grown men crying. Jeffrey Dean Morgan made his first appearance as John Winchester since Season 2, and the family reunion that ensued was cathartic for both Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). But once everyone realized that John couldn't stay because it screwed up the timeline, there wasn't just a Single Man Tear™ trickling down a chiseled jawline. Oh no, there were lots and lots of man tears flowing. And OK, maybe we shed some tears too. It was emotional, all right?
Binge(s) of the week: Once again, we gotta give this one to Netflix as they roll out the third season of One Day at a Time. But props are also due to Amazon Prime, which adds The Expanse's third season its streaming offerings this week as well.
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