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TV Rundown: April 13 - 18: 'Dallas' Shocks

Biggest Shockers: Dallas: It was one explosive moment after another during the series’ mid-season finale. The shockers definitely left viewers with something to mull over, until the second half of the season kicks off in August. After this installment had started out strong, it experienced some mellowing with the adultery storyline involving John Ross and Emma. If the finale is any indication, there is hope the show is getting back on track after it slightly deviated off-course.

It’s About Time: Revenge: Finally! Victoria became wise to the motives of the frustratingly elusive Emily Thorne. It was a discovery that she should have made long ago. Now that she has the knowledge, it’s time to finally enjoy what she does with it and it needs to be good.

Best Payoff: The Tomorrow People: Continuing at the series' breakneck pace, “Modus Vivendi” checked off one of the major plot points of the season. Finding out where all of the chess pieces land after this episode is a query bursting with possibilities. The reveals of certain characters true motives were handled with surprising results. The only thing the series needs to nip in the bud is the Stephen/Cara relationship. It is not working and it makes Cara look worse every time it re-immerges.

Character of the Week: Emma, Bates Motel: No other character had quite the fiery run that Emma did this week. Between comforting Norma in her hour of need, making up with Norman or attempting to stir a despondent Dylan to his family’s defense, Emma was firing on all cylinders.

Olivia Cooke’s unique ability to portray Emma’s genuine sweetness and fierce strength with equal measure continues to impress. She manages to make a character that in lesser hands might’ve seemed fragilely unavailable, into a strong character with a forceful edge and a dignified wisdom. 

On another note, the final moments of “Presumed Innocent” once again offered immense cliffhanger material. Lately, there’s been a sense of foreboding doom that textures each episode. The beauty of “Bates” is that it is keeping viewers so close to the action, deducing the future chain of events is next-to-impossible.

Best Production: Dancing with the Stars: Did you see James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd's contemporary-style dance to the smash hit “Let It Go” from “Frozen”? What about the ice mansion rising from the stage? If you thought it was amazing, you were not alone.

The set design and use of projection has always been stunning on DWTS. This week however, it blew past its already breathtaking standards, taking itself to extraordinarily new heights. It was easily one of the most stunning visuals the show has ever pulled off.

Little Blunders: Arrow: This week’s episode opened with the team taking off their masks, moments after penetrating a target location. As one might imagine, it turned out not to be a good decision given there were still guards crawling the place who could ID them.

Elsewhere, Laurel stared at an Oliver-inspired ‘vision board’ trying to determine if he was “The Vigilante”. In a season that has seen its share of rough spots; little things like this have proven to be the most frustrating of all.

Game of Death: Game of Thrones: The death of the epic series’ main villain came with a bittersweet resolution. Sweet because the villain in question was one of the evilest to ever grace the small-screen and it was pleasant to finally see them receive their comeuppance. The bitter part was that it was not a bad or torturous enough departure from life. After he'd just dealt another devastating humiliation to Tyrion, he didn't deserve to go so swiftly.

Awards Rewind: The MTV Movie Awards: The annual movie award send-up commenced on Sunday. You can read the full rundown of the Best and Worst Moments here

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