Once Upon a Time is back! And so is Agents of Shield! Yay! 🙂
Also, I am considering lightening the load of what I comment on every single week. I haven’t decided anything yet, but I might drop the drama-fest of Nashville for one, and I may do the same with the emotionally intense iZombie. Thoughts?
On that note, I am also working on altering my style a bit to keep these more blurb-y and less like novellas, ya know? It’s a work in progress. 🙂
“The Dark Swan”
They came out swinging with this one!
And they’ve taken lessons in “ominous.”
That whole scene with Emma and who we may assume to be Merlin, though it could be someone else, as he tells her she will have a chance to pull Exaclibur but must not! Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone (hang on, how’s Emma supposed to pull it out if Arthur already did?) only to find it broken, and we can reasonably believe the end of it was used to make the Dark One’s dagger (ooooh!). Emma having a hallucinatory Rumplestiltskin to contend with as he tries to lure her down the path of darkness, and nearly gets her to kill Merida (will we see her again, or was it just a one time thing?). The entire struggle of the rest of the gang to get from Storybrooke to the Enchanted Forest again, saving Emma, being welcomed by King Arthur and his knights, entering Camelot… and suddenly finding themselves six weeks later, back in Storybrooke, with Emma as a full Dark One.
Yes, lots of “ominous” here.
I’m guessing that whatever happened in those six weeks, it involves Emma going dark(er), being imprisoned, and getting out. Bent on revenge of some sort.
And apparently, Emma and company are suppose to bring Merlin back to Camelot?
We got to see what happened on Beckett’s side of things last episode, and that was slickly done with shots of her friends investigating and finding clues which result from her activities. I was a bit psyched out at first, because I suspected Vikram Singh was the actual traitor, trying to use Beckett, but that turned out to be a red herring. That was more or less confirmed when they brought up the idea of it so early in the episode, because Castle almost never does something like that without it being a ruse. Even worse, though, the mastermind gets away unseen even with Castle and his friends coming up with some clever plans.
Beckett meets the step-mother Castle doesn’t know he has, and she is, like his father, a super secret agent outside the system. She’s been working to find the CIA mole, who has been around awhile and has connections with former-Senator Bracken. This mole has enough pull that they can frame Vikram, use another agent as a patsy when that fails, take out an entire CIA team, send a dozen mercenaries after the lone survivor and Beckett, and kill Bracken even while he’s in solitary. Bracken. The big bad of the first several seasons of the show, the boogie man that haunted Beckett for most of her life and which, once she identified him, needed another couple years to defeat. Bracken is dead. By this mole’s command. And all to cover up even the existence of one of its operations.
That is freaking scary, ya know?
Beckett had to make a difficult choice by the end of this episode, and I am mentally screaming at the people behind the show for the choice they had her make. She has happiness, peace, a life with Castle, but, if she’s going to pursue this mole on her own, despite having Jackson Hunt’s wife on the job already, then to protect him, she has to separate herself from him. At least until the job is done.
(warning: soap-box moment!)
Come on! I know the business thrives on drama, but can’t even one network have one show where one couple actually stays together?! Is the idea of couples staying together and raising families so alien to the whole of the industry that I actually can’t think of one example where they actually show it happening?
(calming) Sorry, sorry, soap-box moment over now.
But seriously, they took so long getting these two together, and now they split them up within minutes. That is a bit frustrating, ya know?
They are not pulling any punches, are they? This had to be one of the most riveting episodes of the show, which, not only do they keep getting better and better, but it well should be so compelling, considering the slaughter at its climax.
Jerome leads the Maniax, as the escaped loonies dub themselves, on a spree that involves throwing innocent workmen from a great height, nearly burning a bunch of high school kids alive (oh, thank you! They had Gordon and the GCPD make it just in the nick of time! Whew!), and then shooting up the GCPD, including the torment and murder of new Commissioner Essen, disguised as cops. The escapees are getting rather thin in numbers now, as two more of them are killed off, but with their benefactor’s support, they are leaving quite a bloody wake. It becomes increasingly likely that Jerome is the young Joker.
The benefactor, Theo Gallivan (I think that’s what his name was?), has a plan: to create chaos, then offer the surviving people hope, that they might submit to him. (I am actively resisting a political commentary…) I think he may have just bitten off more than he can chew, especially if Jerome is the Joker. The people who try to use the Joker generally do not fare so well.
Nygma is trying to shut up his split personality to protect Miss Kringle, and he runs through gunfire, taking a bullet, to save her life. I would be more optimistic about that if he weren’t crazy and going crazier.
Alfred tries to stop Bruce, who isn’t very reasonable right now, which gets him dismissed. But Bruce comes for him at the train station and brings him back, on condition that he stops getting in the way and helps him get stronger, strong enough to bear the burden he seeks. Alfred counters with a condition that Bruce must do what Alfred says, when he says it. Deal struck. To get the computer repaired, Bruce meets Lucious Fox. And the duo gets a much-needed addition to their ranks.
Now here’s a riddle: we know Gordon eventually has a daughter named Barbara, named after the one who is currently stalking him and Leigh and in league with the Maniax. So, will Barbara turn around at some point? Make the ultimate sacrifice? Or are they just going to ignore that? It’s entirely possible.
Oh, and Bullock returns to the force. After the massacre. Major kudos to the man for that.
“Laws of Nature”
A little time skip, not a huge one, but enough for the scattered threads of last season’s finale to become immediately pertinent. And there are so many!
And was there a special sale on “Ominous Classes” or something? Everyone’s doing it, and so well!
The terrigen poison is scattering throughout the entire world’s oceans, setting off a dramatic, terrifying, dangerous metamorphosis for the whole human race, as Inhumans emerge all over the place. One such, Joey, is causing a great deal of destruction as he just tries to get to a hospital (ummm, maybe you should keep your walking meltdown away from people in critical condition?) which draws the attention of two powerful shadow agencies.
Shield is one, and they manage to scoop him up and keep him safe. The other seems to be more Hydra-like at first, but once Coulson and their lady in charge, Rosalind, have some face to face time, involving a verbal contest to see who can intimidate the other and Coulson showing us that it’s pretty much useless to cuff a guy when he has at least one false hand, it turns out that they both have a mistaken impression of the other. Then again, I can’t help but suspect that Rosalind’s Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU) is at least highly reminiscent of the Gonzales faction of last season, which may have lacked Hydra’s malice, but also lacked the compassion of Coulson’s Shield. She flatly said “I won’t hold the dead ones against you,” referring to the Inhumans she believed Coulson’s team had killed. So, she’s not interested in the Inhumans as people, only as threats to be neutralized, and lethal force is always authorized.
While I’m sure the relationship between Shield and the ATCU will be most interesting, there’s clearly a third party involved in the hunt for Inhumans. There’s a large humanoid creature, the Inhuman called “Lash,” I believe, finding the new Inhumans and killing them. It shows up at the normal hospital Lincoln in working at, and displays some impressive, lethal powers. It took both Lincoln’s and Daisy’s (Skye goes by Daisy now) powers simultaneously to the chest, and just kept coming. I suspect it only retreated, after being dropped through the floor, because it found two Inhumans to be an inconvenience. Only an “inconvenience.” Not a serious threat.
Nothing puts things into perspective quite like having two of the most powerful representatives of last season’s climactic menace (and Daisy very well represents the power of Shield) be utterly outclassed. There’s big trouble brewing.
Daisy (it is so weird to call her that instead of Skye!) was at the hospital hoping to get Lincoln’s help in helping Joey and what is sure to be a flood of new Inhumans Shield is ill-equipped to shelter and guide. But Lincoln had a tremendous blow dealt to his faith and his worldview last season, and while he chose the right side, he lost his entire world. He’s hurt and angry, and trying to leave it all behind, little knowing that he can’t. He’s Inhuman, and that’s forever. And now that he’s turned down Shield, the ATCU is hot on his heels.
Oh, and Lash, who hunts Inhumans and can apparently locate them quickly and with relative ease. Between that thing and the ATCU, I think I’d go with Shield and, maybe, get back to the main body of Inhumans while I was at it. All hands on deck, you know. I understand Lincoln is trying to deal with something, but if lives are being lost and his is at risk, then he’s being both selfish and stupid, not to mention stubborn. So… human, right? 😉
Hunter and Morse don’t seem to be talking to each other for some reason… which turns out to be, “Hunter is nervous.” Why? Well, Hunter has been pursuing Hydra leads (can’t it just die already?!). So he can find Ward and put him down. Which means he’s leaving the main Shield crew fairly soon. And Morse wants something to hold on to. Such as… her old ring, the one she wore when they were married, and which he kept.
…ok, I can understand some nervousness on that count, LOL.
Morse isn’t going with him, though, as she’s still recovering from everything Ward did to her last season. The entire world is trying to recover from what’s been going on, and it’s only getting worse. (set up for Civil War, anyone?) Morse, at least, is physically functional, though not back at one hundred percent. In the meantime, she works in the lab.
Which Fitz has been darting away from frequently, pursuing countless threads to find Simmons. He hasn’t given up, and, frankly, it looks like he’s still in denial. That said, he’s definitely a brilliant bad-ass in this film, tricking some extremists and stealing what he wants in exchange for some dummy splinter grenades. What he wanted was a piece of parchment that could tell him with the Monolith (the Kree Tablet) is… and there’s only one word, in Hebrew: “Death.” Coulson tries to help him, and it seems to work, but Fitz is hurting so badly that he goes to the Monolith and just screams out his anguish, trying to beat it into giving Simmons back.
Simmons, we see at the end, is running across an alien landscape with planets in the sky, scared, ragged, and dirty, with a cut above her eye, which she puts mud onto. Where is she? What is she running and hiding from? How can she get back home?
And, I repeat: big trouble brewing.
Oh, also repeating: the best storytellers are sadists. Ominous-loving sadists.
Final note, I swear, I love Mac! That line about a shotgun-ax combination of some sort! 🙂
(and so much for the AoS “blurb!” LOL)
“Til the Pain Overcomes the Shame”
Drama, drama, drama.
Juliette was so close! She came home, and Avery brought Cadence back with him, and they were starting to be a real family again, but then she just panicked and ran away, again! She was always a fighter, but she’s stuck on what she’s done wrong, what she can’t do, what thinks she doesn’t deserve, so she’s stopped fighting for it. I like what Avery said, “Stop sayin’ what you don’t deserve, and just accept that you have it.” But Juliette just can’t seem to accept finally having real happiness right there within arm’s reach. So close!
Rayna is having some serious doubts about her label, but then she gets inspired to sign a rocker to Highway 65, and it costs her quite a bit. It’s a bold move, and very risky. Life is like that, everything’s a risk and failure can be total. Mostly, I would think this was a brilliant move, but it looks and feels kinda like she’s taking her focus away from her other artists like Leyla and the Exes. That seems a bit like she’s straying from her path, even if she means to come back to it.
Beverly finally wakes up, and makes peace with both Deacon and Scarlett. Not bad for one final act in life, which it may very well be, as she suddenly dies right in the middle of a conversation, and medics come rushing in, trying to bring her back. We’ll see what’s happened next week. (cliffhanger)
It seems I was right to be suspicious of Caleb. He doesn’t think much of Scarlett’s dream for a musical career, calling it a fantasy, when he’s talking to Gunnar, away from Scarlett. Gunnar is very much right in what he says, then, about how he, himself, might not be the right man for Scarlett, but neither is Caleb. I still don’t like how Gunnar put the moves on Scarlett while she’s with Caleb, but Caleb was pretty disdainful towards musicians. That’s not what you want in your significant other. And I’m guessing that this is not going to convince Gunnar to back off Scarlett. Oh boy. Just what we need.
Assorted other stuff: Daphne overheard to older girls disparaging her and Maddie for their father, Glenn met Leyla and offered to be her manager if she ever wants, Jeff actually seems to be trying to get Juliette back on track and failing miserably (because, after all, he has no comprehension of anything which does not directly benefit him in the short-term), Luke caves to some pressure and drops a heart-broken Will, etc. In regards to that last, I’d call it a major mistake, going back on his principles instead of taking a risk he can probably afford.
Drama, drama, drama. That bit with Juliette reconciling with Avery and Cadence had me so happy… and then they had her run away.
…yeah, seriously considering that idea of dropping Nashville from “This Week on TV.”
Seriously, TV, one couple. One. One serious, stable, long-term, family-raising couple. Just one. Is that too much to ask?Nashville certainly has enough couplings to spare one!
“Under the Lake”
Well, this was pretty creepy.
So, the future, an underwater abandoned military training facility built in the middle of a town that got flooded by a burst dam and now it’s being used for science and as a base for a petroleum company. The crew finds an alien craft and when they examine it, a ghost starts killing them and turning them into ghosts as well, all repeating a single message over and over, but inaudible. Fortunately, there’s a deaf officer on hand to offer a proper lip-reading. Once the Doctor and the remaining crew are able to pin them down long enough, that is. It seems to be coordinates of some kind, and at those coordinates, they find a stasis pod, which would theoretically house the pilot. But something else entirely is going on, as evidenced by the ghosts, and the Doctor feels in his gut that whatever is inside this pod, it is not the rightful pilot, but something else, the thing that is responsible for killing people and using their souls as transmitters.
Yeah, complicated, and they didn’t even solve the mystery. They ended on a cliffhanger, as the Doctor goes back in time, forced to leave Clara and two others trapped as he takes two others with him. Then, just as the Tardis vanishes, a new apparition appears in the water: the Doctor’s ghost.
…so, I am guessing that there is a bit more to the whole “ghost” thing than meets the eye. And something strange occurs to me: how did the translation not work on those markings which the Doctor was able to understand once they were spoken in plain English? Something’s up here… could it actually be the Doctor in that pod now? None of this is making sense right now, of course, and it won’t until they explain it next week.
I do think the Doctor might be noticing something about Clara. She did seem a bit too gung-ho for this adventure, or something even bigger. Hmmm. I wonder.
And with how creepy this one was, and the ghost-Doctor at the end, it seems almost everyone wanted “ominous” this week! 🙂