Wait, you mean there are things to watch beside the trailer for Terminator: Genisys? Of course! The Fall Finales are coming in droves. Most of our “regulars” take a month (or two) off after this week, which means that we’re getting epic cliffhangers that will torture all the fanboys and girls until they return. (I’m specifically looking at Sleepy Hollow when I say that, because that show caused me a Moffatian level of emotional pain. I don’t know if I’m going to make it until it returns on January 5.) So here’s the breakdown of the Fall Finales, with a couple of shows that aren’t heading to hiatus this week.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday 12/7 at 8/7c on ABC) has me doing what I didn’t think was possible: enjoying a storyline with Frozen at the forefront. The last time we were in Storybrooke (which I thought was the Fall Finale because it was two hours long…way to confuse me!), the Snow Queen released the Shattered Sight Spell. In addition to playing on my squeamishness about eyes by having mirror pieces go into Anna’s eyes, this means that the town is going somewhere dark indeed. Not only does the Evil Queen come back, but we get Dark Snow as well. Next week is the Fall Finale of this one, so I’m sure they’ll be amping the action up.
I have some Castle (Tuesday 12/9 at 8/7c on ABC) fans among my friends, and this Fall Finale brings them a pivotal moment for Lanie and Esposito’s relationship, Castle in a bar with sexy Santa strippers, and some sort of a reveal about his disappearance and memory loss. This will be worth it for Nathan Fillion in a strip bar alone. (Thanks to Katy for giving me the tip-off on this one!)
The Flash (Tuesday 12/9 at 8/7c on CW) promises a turning point for Barry when he comes face-to-face with The Man In The Yellow Suit and more time with Firestorm, who cameo’d in the Flarrow crossover. Apparently Firestorm is going to play a large part in the second half of the season, so get on this train now! PS, word on the street says this one’s running two minutes over, so make sure your DVRs are set accordingly so you don’t miss a minute!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday 12/2 at 9/8c on ABC) was surprisingly slow-paced last week (although we did have the stunning revelation that Coulson does not consider himself a hat guy). As someone who has only a passing familiarity with Kree and Inhumans, I didn’t get as much entertainment out of it as someone well-versed in the Marvel universe might have. But this week we’ve got S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA facing off in the alien city, which has to be action packed. At the very least I’m hoping someone is going to punch Ward in the face for all of us.
Sons of Anarchy (Tuesday 12/9 at 10/9c on FX) is having its series finale this week, and since Nancy is a huge Sons fan, I asked her to tell me her feelings about its ending. She wrote me what she calls “an obituary for the series” and it was so good I couldn’t paraphrase or cut it: “I know a lot of people think this show jumped the shark with the wild turns and twists but the brilliance of it is in the small stuff and the way it plays out in the emotional beats. It’s not how graphic a murder is or how extreme the massacre. It’s about all the dominoes that fall in its wake. It also manages in the quiet moments to make us root for the pure love of a vicious killer and a transgender pre-op woman. And how the racial divides in bikers and other gangs is built on nothing and belong to the past. It’s about family, love and loyalty and now badly those things can screw you up and how much they can save you. I’m glad it’s ending on its own terms but I will miss it deeply and television is better for it having existed.” R.I.P., SoA, R.I.P.
To top last week’s Flarrow crossovers, Arrow (Wednesday 12/10 at 8/7c on CW) show runner Marc Guggenheim is promising “the most epic episode we’ve ever done…literally a game changer in the sense that the series will never be the same afterwards.” He told TVLine that the entire Arrow cast and crew “feel like it is our strongest midseason finale yet.” With hype like that, I think you need to watch.
Grimm (Friday 12/12 at 9/8c on NBC) had me at the title of this week’s episode: “Chupacabra.” In case you didn’t know, chupacabras are rockstars in folklore and cryptozoology—so big that Syfy made movies about them long before Sharknado was even thought of. It’s about damned time we get to meet the goat-sucker. Plus, after a brief stint where he was powerless, Nick’s back to being a Grimm again. I’m in, they just need to speed up the Adalind storyline a bit.
Constantine (Friday 12/12 at 10/9c on NBC) is over halfway through its short 13-episode season, and the eps just keep getting better. After the epic battle between angels and the teasers about Zed’s past in “Blessed Are the Damned,” this one looks like it’s bringing in the Resurrection Army from the Hellblazer comics, which might lead to a big Zed reveal. Just wait, it’s about to get real. And if you’re watching, don’t forget to let NBC know via social media. They’re paying attention to fan interaction, and the Hellblazer army has the ability to bring Constantine back for a second season, we just have to be vocal. #SaveConstantine!
That’s what we’re watching this week. Fall Finales are where it’s at, but the shows that aren’t headed into hiatus just yet look like they’ll be bringing it as well. This is one of the best seasons I can remember on TV, a year when my DVR is always full and I am rarely disappointed in a show. Sit back and enjoy the ride.