Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

I, Tonya Is The Olympic Season Gut Punch We Deserve

My first thought upon hearing about this year’s release of I, Tonya? “Nope.” As a lifelong figure skating fan, I am, quite frankly, sick of the Tonya Harding story. I’m sick of feeling like a sport that I love only exists once every four years, when “the insane true story” — as the I, Tonya trailer calls it — gets dragged up for rubber-necking fodder.

At least, that’s what I thought before I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of the film. I, Tonya is exactly the strange, sensationalized dark comedy that, with the movie’s first trailer, caused me to roll my eyes. But somehow, that created the Olympic season gut punch that we all deserve. All of us, from the skating fans that wish people would see our sport the way we do — not solely as tabloid fodder — the folks who eat this shit up, and even the people who might think they flat out don’t care one way or another.

It is, after all, quality entertainment.

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Once Upon a Time

Can Once Upon A Time Survive This Season?

This is a tricky one. On one hand, this season of Once Upon a Time is actually ten times better than the series has been for the last few years. On the other hand, you got rid of 66% of the beloved cast, and there are people that are very upset. That being said, the ratings are in the toilet. Can Once Upon a Time recover from this? I don’t know. I’ve seen it done before. Sometimes, fan favorites, regardless of how crappy their numbers are, get the renewal anyway. This will come down to if ABC really wants to invest. Of course, with the graveyard slot it, seems like the network’s faith in the fairytale drama is fading.

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Outlander: Top Five Moments of 3×13 “Eye of the Storm”

Outlander fans, we have arrived at the third season finale, and I only have one question to ask: How in the world did we get here so quickly? It feels like yesterday I was anticipating the end of a very long Droughtlander, but truthfully, I wouldn’t trade a second of this fantastic season and finale.

This finale was a fitting end, which brought some of my favorite twists and character moments to date. So without further ado, here are my top five moments of “Eye of the Storm.”

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Modern Family 9×09 Review: Tough Love 

We open in the Dunphy household where Phil has decided to go to Yosemite for a week in order give himself a dose of confidence.  We are treated to a bit if physical comedy with a life raft blowing up on the kitchen counter.

Over at the Pritchett-Tucker household we learn that Pam is suffering from a neck injury and Cam and Mitch take their adorable nephew off of her hands while she seeks treatment. Mitch accuses his husband of being a gullible pushover. Mitchell accidentally switches a lifelike baby doll with their nephew. Thus leaving, the infant in young Lily’s charge.

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Outlander: Top Five Moments of 3×12 “Bakra”

Well, talk about dramatic events, mesmerizing character moments, and cliffhangers Outlander fans, Bakra had it all! Forgive me if I babble, but frankly, Outlander inspires the fangirl in me to yell at the screen each week, and I have absolutely no shame. But why don’t we get to the top five moments from this fantastic hour of Outlander?

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Outlander: Top Five Moments Of 3×11 “Uncharted”

“Uncharted” was indeed a journey into unknown waters — pardon the obvious pun — as Claire fought to survive on a tropical island, bare of people, to get back to Jamie. I won’t regret being glued to the screen for the entire episode, as Outlander excels in using every second of screen time to its advantage. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s dive in to the top five moments of Outlander‘s “Uncharted” shall we?

  • Claire & Jamie’s beach reunion: If there’s one aspect in which Outlander will never fail, it’s writing heartwarming and squeal-inducing reunions for Jamie and Claire. Running on the beach into each other’s arms felt like a perfectly written scene out of fanfic, only it was in canon. And I was screaming “YES” at my screen when the reunited characters hugged. These two have fought so hard to be together, I wouldn’t expect being stranded on a random island, Claire’s injury, and wine-filled soup to stop Jamie and Claire from enjoying the moment.
  • Marsali & Claire bonding over pre wedding jitters: It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good lady-to-lady conversation scene, and I was really touched by how Claire reached out to Marsali over what can understandably be a nerve wracking event. In turn, Marsali’s honesty was refreshing to see since the reigning opinion of women and marriage was more prevalent than it is today, and frankly I think those two deserve happy married time before rushing into parenthood. Anyone who disagrees can walk the damn plank.
  • Claire surviving on sheer determination, intelligence and inner fire to find Jamie: I mean, there aren’t words for how phenomenal the writing was this hour, especially when Claire was focused on surviving from what felt like one minute to the next. Caitriona knocks it out of the park consistently every week; but in “Uncharted” in particular, it was as if I could feel everything Claire was going through until she was thankfully found by the kind priest.
  • Marsali & Fergus’ wedding: In the middle of all the life-threatening drama, crazy escapes, and weird circumstances, it was a wonderful reprieve to have a wedding. Seeing these characters get married in the middle of an island, truly motivated by a deep love, is the kind of happy moment you don’t often see on television these days. There wasn’t any huge fanfare, but it was entirely real. And that’s all you need to celebrate love in any universe.
  • Yu Tien Cho apologizing with a chicken for eating a goat: I know it wasn’t a long scene, but his respectful apology over killing Father Fogden’s beloved goat was hard to watch without giggling like a five-year-old. I know, I know: I’m slightly ridiculous. But how serious Yu Tien Cho presented his apology was incredibly respectful and made me love his character that much more so the good Father could marry Marsali and Fergus ASAP.

How about you Outlander fans? What were your favorite moments from “Uncharted?”

Outlander airs on Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.