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I admit that I rolled my eyes at the trailer for Carnival Row —Cara Delevingne as a fairy, how unexpected. But within the first five minutes, we see this pixie is a fearless, albeit damaged, veteran. I also had to revise my memory of Orlando Bloom as a pretty elf; he’s the emotional heart of the story. While it leans a little too hard on the immigration analogy at times, the show has some complicated things to say about assimilation and belonging. Missing Game of Thrones? Carnival Row’s world is just as gorgeously realized—and the women characters get treated better.

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / Hannibal: "The Wrath of the Lamb" / Douglas Menagh

Hannibal, played by brilliantly by Mads Mikkelsen, is a poetic, modern, and cool Lucifer. Like Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost, all the best lines in this episode belong to Hannibal. William Blake said of Milton, “he was a true Poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.” The difference between Paradise Lost and Hannibal is the latter belongs to the devils, and knows it.

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / Vampire Diaries: "The Return" / Phoebe Cramer

Though the myth of Katherine Pierce haunts the show from its pilot episode, showing up in flashbacks to Stefan and Damon’s human days, “The Return” is Katherine’s first appearance in the present, the first time her actions are allowed to speak for themselves, freed from the framework of the Salvatore Bros.’ memories. 

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / Master of None: "Buona Notte" / Kaylee Craig

Love doesn’t always save you, sometimes it makes you feel worse. In the case of Dev and Francesca, love can prove to actually be an escape from reality. There is no doubt that love is present between these two, but by the end of this episode we see it in a whole new light when it is placed out of its fantasy and given the ultimate test in reality.