This Week on TV, Oct. 31, 2015

Spoiler Alert!

Five weeks. That’s all it took for them to start skipping weeks for certain shows, like Castle. Pet peeve of mine, that.

On a brighter note, Grimm is back! Grimm! Is! Back! Yay!

It is a Happy Halloween!

Or, as I like to put it, HAPPY HOOOOOWLOWEEN! 😀

Once-upon-time-logoOnce Upon a Time

“Dreamcatcher”

Just when things look like they’re getting better, they are, in fact, getting worse.

Back in Camelot, Emma has stopped shrinking from using dark magic. She uses it to immobilize her enchanted parents and free Merlin, but she’s still using it, and without hesitation.

..and wait, what? They freed Merlin, and things still went as bad as this? How?!

Simple answer: Emma did not fully choose to rid herself of the darkness and its power. And it’s already taken root, as evidence by how she manipulated Henry into asking Violet on a date, then ripped out the teenager’s heart so she’s break Henry’s, all to harvest the tears of his broken heart, to free Merlin. She did something terribly dark “for the greater good.”

And then, in present day, she let Violet’s horse escape so she could help Henry find it and impress both Violet and her father. Manipulation, supposedly on behalf of someone else, but really to serve her own ends and driving the people who love her away. Much like Rumplestiltskin.

Back in the present, Regina, Hook, Belle, and Robin break into Emma’s home and find Excalibur. Hook nearly tries to pull it out, thank goodness Regina acted in time, but they are left with a number of questions. Arthur, the Mad King hiding in plain sight, is able to answer them, and they figure out Emma’s plan to free the sword, put it back together with her dagger, and snuff out the light. (interesting how Arthur used the exact same phrasing as the Darkness…)

Speaking of, Emma wants Merida to train Rumple up into a brave hero who can pull the sword from the stone. Rumple is uncooperative, so Merida looks him up in the story book, finds out his connection to Belle, and steals the chipped cup they so cherish. That puts some spine into Rumple quickly enough as he fights on behalf of his love, which, really, that’s what courage is all about.

A few things I am wondering about now. Emma has just driven Henry away from her, pushing light out of her life, and I think that, too, is what the Darkness wants, especially as the dreamcatcher that revealed this to them was lying right out in the open like that. Merlin was freed, but where is he now? And where’s Lancelot and Zalina? Merlin had apparently given prophecies to Arthur, his “great hope,” but that obviously failed, so there are certainly flaws in his foresight. And finally, who was the Dark One that turned Merlin into a tree in the first place?

We saw, at the beginning, that he wanted to kill the Dark One for “destroying her,” the woman he loved. But he couldn’t do it for some reason. He dropped the dagger and broke down crying, and the Dark One used his tears to cast a spell on him. Why trap him instead of kill him? Considering who did that in the original legend, namely a young woman of surpassing beauty… well, I have a theory.

My guess is that Merlin battled the Darkness, and anchored it to the dagger. But then that dagger fell into the hands of the woman he loved, and she became the Dark One. She was destroyed by the darkness, and yet she wasn’t dead. He made to kill her, but could not. Instead of killing him, she changed him into a tree. It makes sense, and also explains why they kept her masked in that particular flashback.

gotham-logo-screencapGotham

“By Fire”

Wow.

Ok, I’ve sometimes felt like Galavan takes the show back to the beginning of season one, which was over-the-top campy drama, but he certainly did not diminish this episode very much! Right at the end, the emotional tension was almost like a tangible weight. It felt like we were going into a season finale!

Galavan’s machinations are proceeding according to his master plan. For one, he’s gaining more of Bruce’s trust, even as he flaunts Tabitha, who is very scary, right in front of Bruce as he doesn’t recognize her from when she invaded Wayne Manor. Not only might this give Galavan some open influence over Wayne Industries, but it means Bruce will support his bid for mayor, alongside Gordon and a strongly “persuaded” congressman. (the persuasion involved standing him on a stack of books on a chair with a noose around his neck)

Oh, and Bruce is clearly chafing at the bit to tackle his inherited mission, but Alfred tells him he’s not ready. So when Galavan pushes Bruce towards action, saying he is ready… well, that’s just what Bruce wants to hear, isn’t it? Such are the ways of seduction.

For another, chaos continues to erupt on the streets. And this week’s case was merely a side effect of Galavan’s scheming, much like Jerome’s rampage was just a smokescreen, which makes me shudder to consider what happens when Gotham finally feels the full brunt of Galavan’s wrath, and that of the Court of Owls.

Bridget, the Firefly, goes on a tear through the city. First she’s with Selina, who shelters her, helps her steal some cash from some human traffickers, and then means to send her on her way. But then her brothers, the same brothers who abandoned her at the drop of a hat, kidnap her, say she can’t walk away, abuse and intimidate her… and think they’ve broken her will to resist. Instead, they broke her sanity, and she burned them alive to get free of them. Then she went back to the traffickers, caused some mayhem there, and finally had a standoff with the police, which only ended when she burned herself. That may have been an accident, but I think she noticed her leaking fuel and chose to go out that way.

I love what they did with Selina this episode. She’s been a bit stagnant lately, but her relationship with Bridget gave her an emotional shove for some development. She tried very hard to save Bridget. But she failed. She trusted Gordon, and it didn’t work. Now she is determined to never trust a cop again. After all, even the honest ones let her down, even when they promise to save her friends.

Gordon tried his best. He was on the war path to avenge Garrett, at which point his subordinates reported him to Barnes, who puts a note in his file and makes it clear that they are not going to go outside the law, ever. Barnes also wasn’t interested in Bridget’s sob story, yet he also tried to keep anyone from dying. I still have my suspicions, but it looks more and more like Barnes might actually be on the level. Gordon, however, now knows that Penguin ordered the arson, and things between them are about to come to a head.

Speaking of Penguin, his lackey Butch was also hard at work this episode. He got caught, though, trying to find Mrs. Cobblepot, which led into the revelation of Butch having been brainwashed. Tabitha, is seems, might be able to “help” with that, in a process not entirely dissimilar to how Zasz programmed Butch in the first place, which was highly unpleasant. Butch manages to “escape” by the end, but as he has magically “found” Penguin’s mother during the hour or two of his captivity, that seems highly suspect to me.

Also suspect: that video of Mrs. Cobblepot seems an awful lot like the same clip shown to Penguin, indicating it’s a tape and she’s already dead. We’ll find out soon enough, as Penguin is readying his troops to storm her supposed location and rescue her.

Finally, Nygma takes his beloved Kringle to bed just by being a little more assertive and offering to tell her something he’s kept hidden. However, right after, she shares her fears of her ex returning, and he assures her that she has nothing to fear, as Nygma already killed him. She’s disbelieving at first, then angry and afraid, rightfully so. It may have served her better if she’d been able to put up a facade, to get herself safely out before turning him in, but, well, who’s ready for when the person they just slept with confesses to being a murderer, with a smile? He doesn’t let her leave. He grabs her tightly, says he did it to protect her, that he’ll never hurt her… even while he chokes her. She dies, and the last thing she saw was Nygma, smiling and promising and professing his love. Nygma can only howl in misery as he holds her lifeless corpse.

So, Selina is grief-stricken and distrusting, Gordon knows he has to go after Penguin, Penguin is about to declare war and probably walk into a trap, and Galavan’s scheme is reaching towards a climax as he draws Bruce towards him like a fish on a hook. Step into my parlor, said the spider to the fly.

Yeah, heavy.

Oh, and Bridget is still alive. Kept in an underground house of horrors. To be experimented on to see if she’s fireproof, like other human guinea pigs. And on the wall, words we haven’t seen or heard since almost halfway back in Season One: “Indian Hill.” A Division of Wayne Enterprises.

…uh, gulp?

I just want to end with a little theory of mine about the feud between Galavan and the Waynes. It goes back to a forbidden coupling, Caleb and Celestine, right? Caleb said they were in love, Celestine said he’d forced himself on her. He was punished, along with his entire family. Puzzling, though: Celestine died an old maid, never marrying. My current theory is that Celestine did love Caleb, and could never marry after he was gone from her life. However, someone powerful promised to outright kill Caleb if she did not go along with the plan, which was all a ruse to get the Waynes to wage war on Galavan’s ancestors. Either another Wayne, or someone from one of the other families, perhaps? That’s my theory.

agentsofshieldseason3bannerAgents of Shield

“4,722 Hours”

That’s how long Jemma Simmons was trapped in an alien landscape.

When I saw the title of this episode, I did some quick math and saw it comes out to about six and a half months.

Now it makes sense for Fitz to be the only one still doggedly trying to save her without any concrete leads at that point.

As for why she wants to reopen the portal, well… she has a friend in need.

Outside romances, one of the most difficult ideas I have tried to work with as a storyteller is a survival story. There is just something terrifying, brutal, and totally foreign to me about the simple struggle to survive when you have nothing to work with.

Simmons does far better than I would.

First she waited for rescue as long as she dared. Then she left a marker as she went off in search of water. She found some right after a sandstorm. Of course, my first thought would be of potential predators, but she goes for a swim. And proves me right as something tries to drown her. But, then again, this plant-thing provided some food, so she improvised a weapon, used herself as bait, and killed it.

Then she fell into a trap and was kept in a cage until her captor could be certain she was real and not affected by something he calls “It.” His name turns out to be Will, which is a very good name for someone fighting for every second of life he can squeeze out of this alien world. He came with a team from NASA, who apparently once possessed the Monolith and sent a team to explore, back in 2001. The rest of the team is dead.

They learn to work together, and I can only imagine the stories they swap (“Hey, Will, the world knows about aliens now, and we have superheroes too!”) though Simmons initially dismisses his claims about the “It” that he fears. That is, until she goes where he’s warned her not to, gets caught in a sandstorm, and sees It. And It is terrifying.

They grow close, and Simmons uses the tools we saw were given to that one English dude that went through the portal to divine a solution, combined with the old equipment Will still has. They come pretty close to going home, or at least sending a message through, but It seems to have barred their path to prevent them, and they just barely fail. Simmons breaks down in despair at that point, and Will is the one to help her get back up and keep surviving.

Then, lucky break, they see Fitz’s flare and race towards it. But It steps into their path, tries to trick them and kill them. Will fights to give Simmons a chance, using his one and only bullet. This proves just enough, as Fitz comes through, grabs Simmons, and pulls her back to Earth. She’s safe now. But Will was left behind. Simmons doesn’t know what happened to him, but we see him alive, seeing the sun for the first time in fourteen years… for just a moment, and it’s gone. Just like the hope Simmons brought to him.

Simmons is determined to go back, and Fitz will help her. But oh, they need to be careful to not let It come back with Will.

And now something of the Inhuman fear of the Monolith makes perfect sense. Everywhere it has gone, people have continued to send people through, like something was telling them to make sacrifices to It. The Hebrew scroll made it clear that they knew Death, and Will calls It “Death” in theory at one point, was on the other side. And one of the scientists that came with Will had a theory that the planet was once a paradise, and Will presumes It changed that, killed everything and left the planet a desolate wasteland.

So what would happen if It came through the portal? Death would come to Earth as a being unlike anything humanity has ever faced, even with the Avengers and Shield protecting them at the height of their power. Which, Shield has fallen and the Avengers will crumble in the Civil War, so, not a good time to bring It to Earth, thank you very much!

How much you wanna bet It gets through?

Flash-TV-Show-Teaser-TrailerThe Flash

“The Fury of Firestorm”

Ok, I completely forgot that the Firestorm thing has actually passed from person to person, when a previous person dies. So I assumed that Ronnie Raymond was, in fact, still alive. It would seem I was mistaken. Which means Ronnie can, in fact, be dead.

I was so surprised by this idea that I went back to watch the trailer for Legends of Tomorrow again, paying especially close attention to Firestorm. This time, I noticed they don’t really show him clearly. There closest thing is one brief clip on his back as he turns around. And looking closely, pausing, I see it now: that is not Ronnie Raymond.

Crap.

To save Stein, who needs to bond with someone else now that Ronnie is dead, they look at two promising candidates. One is a young man who lost his football-playing future the night of the particle accelerator explosion, but is trying to make ends meet as a mechanic. The other is a pretentious academic whose first line is a proclamation that he always knew he was meant for greater things… greater than the medical profession where he saves lives. I disliked that second one from the moment we met him.

And guess what? He was a self-entitled, selfish, egotistical, violent, angry man who wore a polite face to make sure he was “chosen” to be a superhero. When the attempt to merge with him failed, fortunately, his dormant abilities were activated and he went on a rampage.

Contrast this with the humble boy who didn’t go to college just because his family couldn’t afford it, who works hard every day to make a living, and who never intended to be a hero. Yet he was brave enough to protect Cait, and selfless enough to do what was needed to save Stein’s life. Yeah, he was the right man for the job.

I loved that scene where the Flash and Firestorm took on their foe together. It was so much more like the typical Flash I know and love, making jokes and taunting enemies. 🙂

The new possibilities presented by Jacks, the new Firestorm, seem to be helping Barry open up to some new possibilities himself. I mean, Iris is available now, but that goes into a lot of emotional baggage, so it’s understandable that he hasn’t made any moves on her, and she hasn’t made any on him. So now he’s entertaining the possibility of possibly going somewhere with Patty instead. Mind you, I like Patty more than Iris anyway, so I would certainly go for it in Barry’s place, but pretty much any match up except Iris and Barry feels a bit like Lana and Clark from Smallville: enjoyable, but doomed to failure from the start and therefore drama-fodder.

Wells had a shadowy background presence. He walked the halls of Star Labs, silent and unseen. He stole some sort of energy weapon, but didn’t display any super speed, and didn’t hurt anyone for it. And then, when King Shark, whom Patty was only theorizing existed, showed up ready to kill Barry, and kill Patty for getting in his way, Wells used that weapon to take him down with a surprise attack. And now that Barry has met the alternate Wells, complete with a gut-punch cliffhanger, I am filled with questions.

It’s a powerful “coincidence” for Wells to show up at such an opportune moment with a weapon he stole the previous night and save Barry and Patty like that, which makes me suspicious. But, at the same time, he didn’t hurt anyone or anything at Star Labs, he didn’t hurt anyone when he stole that weapon, and he’s not displayed any super speed, despite the obvious benefits of doing so, which are all things Zoom would probably do. Then again, Jay Garrick lost his speed in Barry’s world, so maybe he’s slowed down too? It would explain why he’s sending metahumans after Barry instead of doing it himself.

Still, the question is: is this Wells a friend or an enemy?

Also very interesting: Iris and her mother. She does not let her mother into her life, and she makes that choice and takes responsibility for it like a mature adult. When her mother plays the, admittedly legitimate, card of “I’m dying soon,” Iris verifies her story. But she also finds out that her mother had a son eight months after leaving her and Joe. So, it turns out the introduction of the mother was to set up the introduction of Wally West, also a speedster like Barry. Yay! 🙂

Arrow-logo-header-Season-4Arrow

“Beyond Redemption”

This was a definite step up from the more recent episodes, very strong, and certainly better than last week.

Of course it’s miniaturized Ray communicating with Felicity on her phone. And trying, so very desperately, to get her attention with all the computer glitches and such. We know that, but she has every reason to believe he is dead. So even as Curtis Holt manages to solve the cyber riddle, she resists hearing Ray’s “last words.” That is, until Curtis shares his own experience with his brother, and how he would do anything to hear something from his brother that he’d never heard before. So, she types in the password, which is “Password,” LOL, and the first words are a message to Felicity, and “this is all my fault.” Yes, Ray, shrinking yourself like that is most definitely your own fault. 😉

Heh, I love Curtis trying to guess who the Green Arrow is with Felicity.

Olly reveals his bid for mayor, and does not get the support he was expecting from Team Arrow. At least, not at first. He does, however, get them excited when he reveals the new lair. As Sebastian Blood needed a secret lair beneath his campaign office, Olly just bought that and refurbished it, with some help from Cisco and Star Labs. And, I have to say, it really is a significant improvement. More space, more tech (though Ray keeps making it glitch), more everything good.

Even before his campaign begins, however, Olly’s resolve is dealt a crushing blow. When he sees Lance with Damien via a security camera, his faith is broken. I think that’s what I love most about this episode, Olly dealing with something truly human, and not revolving around his past or present mistakes. In fact, a lot of people’s faith has been broken over the course of the last few years. Lance finds out he has dirty cops in his department, who murdered two detectives, two of their own people, as they stumbled onto their illicit deeds. Words and fists are exchanged, hitting home in everyone’s hearts.

I also love how, out of everyone, Lance is the first one to get back on his feet, to reclaim the faith of hope. In the face of that, the dirty ringleader surrenders, and Olly gets back up too.

And Lance wasn’t already dealing with something big, as Laurel reveals her sister’s resurrection to him. But seeing feral Sara try to kill Laurel, and hearing Damien’s words about what the Pit does to people, Lance nearly puts her back in her grave. He only doesn’t because… he can’t. I mean, who could? Outside some seriously sick people like Malcolm, Ra’s, and Damien, I mean.

Hmm, that reminds me, Damien said he was a father, didn’t he? Interesting detail, that.

Anyway, inspired by Lance, Olly moves forward with his plans, and before Lance turns himself in for working with Damien, convinces him to keep in with Damien and find his weakness.

Olly got a good surprise when he showed up the next day at his new office. Thea appointed herself his campaign manager and used social media to drum up some interns to staff the place. Olly made himself presentable and gave an honest, pointed speech. Who knows? With no one running against him, he just might win! Of course, now he has a campaign to run while being the Green Arrow vigilante, and his campaign manager is cursed with chronic blood lust. Yeah, no chance of anything going wrong.

To top it all off, Laurel finds Sara has escaped. How much you want to bet she’s going after Thea?

Finally, back in the past, Olly keeps the woman safe, barely pulling the wool over their enemy’s eyes, but that enemy has now discovered his gear and communications equipment. Great.

Oh, and Thea nearly let slip that Olly has a ring meant for Felicity’s finger. Loose lips sink ships, Thea! 😀

heroes-rebornHeroes Reborn

“June 13th, Part. 1”

And several riddles are solved.

How Claire died: Phoebe’s dark power suppresses Evo abilities, like an eclipse does, including regeneration, and she died in childbirth.

Who Noah had to forget: I’m betting it’s himself, his future self, and his grandchildren. To hide them from Erica, he hid them from himself.

Erica’s goal: to save a special, chosen few and leave the majority of mankind to burn.

How both sides know which Evos need to be protected until they can save the world: Angela Petrelli’s visions. How appropriate that the children of her visions are her own great-grandchildren.

How Hiro was captured and trapped in a game: he was betrayed by a friend, Hachiro Otomo.

The origin of Miko: I’m betting she was created as Otomo realized he had been tricked and needed to undo his mistake, and free Hiro. He even used Hiro’s own sword to do it.

What did Hiro see, or fail to see, when he said, “Too many butterflies,” and left? We will never know the specifics, but everything he tried, in that moment of overlapping time travels, just made things worse.

Malina and Tommy (original name is Nathan) are Claire’s children, taken back in time by Hiro and Angela. Now the question is, how did each of them come to their current circumstances? Raised by a nurse and moving from town to town all his life? Protected by a guardian angel as she trains in the arctic? What happened back then?

Also, Renautus hunting Evos through bad cops makes perfect sense now. They can’t find the right Evos, so they wipe out or incapacitate the entire population of them. But they don’t have the resources to do that alone, quickly and effectively and without a fuss, so they tap a wider resource base, taking the fight to every street in the world simultaneously.

Casper’s role is also explained, as he and Noah go back a few years. Noah just confided in him, and a few others, had him or Matt Parkman wipe his memory, and Casper goes off to watch over one of the children.

Mohinder made a convenient scape goat because he was apparently killed. Dead men can’t defend themselves. The worst part is, he had one final chance to turn back from that fate, if only he’d listened to Angela’s warning, but she’s proven herself untrustworthy far too many times.

It broke my heart to see Molly again, knowing the fate that waits in her future. But that thread has yet to be tied off, it seems.

grimm_title_cardGrimm

“The Grimm Identity”

Of all the shows I’ve been looking forward to, Grimm stands pretty much at the top, rivaled only by Agents of Shield. So, naturally, it premiered last of all, the day before Halloween. Or course. But, at least I can say, it was worth the wait!

Grimm is really good at its cliffhangers, and entire seasons flow together into one continuous narrative. We picked up exactly where we left off last season, with Nick holding Juliette dead in his arms, and Chavez arriving with a lot of men to storm the place. They swarmed in, drugged Nick, and carried Trubel bodily out the door. When he awoke, they’d removed all trace of things, including Juliette’s body and Kelly’s head. That would just be freaky, ya know? To lose his mother, to lose the woman he loved, and to have all trace of them and his dear friend simply gone while he was in a drunken stupor… well, it would be understandable if Nick went off the deep end after that.

He manages to figure out Chavez’s role, but it was a pretty threadbare suspicion for having not seen her the previous night. Everyone was worried about him, but he was right, and he managed to find some more stable mental footing amidst the crisis. That, I think was partially due to Adalind and Rosalee.

In Adalind’s case, it would be by going into labor. Their son picked quite a tumultuous time to make his entrance into the world. In dealing with that, Rosalee accompanied Nick to the hospital, and told him to forget everything else, focus only on this one thing, at least for the moment. Wise advice that. I think he was able to get some clarity from that, because once he was able to focus on anything, he was able to direct that focus as needed.

And need it, he did.

Chavez came clean, in a roundabout way, after she was faced with the whole gang of Nick, Hank, Wu, Munroe, and Rosalee together. She took a phone call from her friends and decided to “bring Nick in” to something. They go to a meet together, just Nick and Chavez, as Rosalee waits with Adalind at the hospital, there being some complications with the delivery. But when the pair show up for the meet, they find Chavez’s friends dead, and they’re attacked by… I think I counted at least four wesen, all very aggressive warrior types. I also think I counted three of them going down and one escaping. Unfortunately, Chavez went down as well, and wasn’t even able to tell Nick what he wanted to know, just say something ominous about, “They’re coming here, rising everywhere, it’s war,” or something like that. There’s a mark, too, like the jagged gashes left behind by four slashing claws.

As for who Chavez was working with, unless I mistake my guess, that was Meisner on the other end of that phone call, which means she was with the local Resistance. My first thought would be that their enemy was the Verrat, but the symbol doesn’t match, and seems much more primitive. The Wesen Council, maybe? Or some sort of renegades? No idea. We’ll have to wait for that mystery to be revealed.

Word hasn’t broken about the King being killed in the last episode, but the Jack the Ripper crimes are successfully pinned on Kenneth. We don’t know where Diana is, or where Trubel is, but there’s something very dangerous being kept locked up by Chavez’s group. They seem to be getting desperate about “what’s coming,” and if it isn’t the Royals they’re worried about, that is most foreboding. What could be worse than the Royals? Still, what they’re keeping seemed… familiar somehow, with the sound it made. My first, incredibly strange, thought is, “Did they use Diana to bring back Juliette so she could be their weapon?” Seems a bit out there, but anything’s possible.

And speaking of possibilities, Adalind and Nick seem to come to an understanding. I loved that little exchange between them, where they were… well, making peace for the sake of their son. Adalind even came up with a name for him: they named him after Nick’s mother, Kelly.

Granted, this is a girl’s name, so he’s going to be teased about forever, but perhaps when they explain that it’s the name of his grandmother, and fierce and dangerous person who died in battle shortly before he was born, perhaps he’ll be all right with it.

Either way, it was a powerful bonding moment.

Now they just all need to survive whatever the heck it is that’s coming to Portland.

Doctor-Who-logoDoctor Who

“The Zygon Invasion”

Well, that’s one question answered: why were we seeing the asthma girl, Osgood, alive again in the trailers? Well, there were two now, one of them being a zygon. Missy killed one of them, but the other remains alive. The two of them together, and now the lone survivor, represent the peace between human and zygon.

Unfortunately, that peace has broken down.

It basically boils down to: the younger brood of zygons felt oppressed, so they’ve gone renegade, murdering their elders, specifically their high command, and intend to take the entire world for themselves. They’ve slaughtered towns and troops and taken a huge chunk of London hostage underground. UNIT is being slaughtered wholesale across the globe, falling into traps and being taken from behind.

This one definitely gut-punched us a few times. The zygons have taken men, women, and children screaming into the underground. The men and women of UNIT were only able to realize the traps they had fallen into just in time to scream and beg. Kate Stewart saw dumpsters full of human remains, an entire town murdered, and the suspiciously-helpful survivor was a zygon just making sure she was alone before taking care of her. Even Clara was taken, and her zygon doppelganger launched a missile at the plane the Doctor’s on with Osgood as it approached England.

Cliffhanger.

Among my thoughts is one I’ve thought several times about the soldiers in Doctor Who: they’re all dimwits. Dimwits! All of them, dimwits! DIM! WITS! Which, frankly, does real-life soldiers a considerable disservice. They survive based on their wits and their ability to adapt to unexpected situations. Depicting them as idiots always irritates me.

That one soldier’s “mother” comes out the door, he doesn’t have to kill her. He can just injure her, neutralize her, whether or not she can answer his questions. But nope. It’s all or nothing, either kill or let your guard down. And they all plod into the church together, instead of taking any sort of precaution like, say, only sending one person in with orders to come back out and either explain or be shot. That’s at least three imbecilic mistakes that got the lot of them killed.

That said, they did do a good job making the zygons even more terrifying than before, because now they possess every possible advantage: numbers, surprise, deception, new technologies, and being spread all the across the world already. At this point, I’d say there are only two possible ways to save the world: either the rest of the zygons rise up against the murderous renegades, or that box the Osgoods were talking about gets opened and whatever’s inside it gets used. I wonder what it does? Is it the gas? Or something that transports all the zygons away in an instant? Have to wait to find out.

Oh, come on! A third candidate for the Hybrid prophecy?! Missy, Ashilda, and Osgood? Then again, Osgood seems to be mostly a philosophical Hybrid, rather than a literal one, so I’m guessing it’s not her. Still, I do wish they’d ease up on creating candidates for this ominous prophecy.

Oddly, I also wish they’d cut it out with the two-part episodes. Don’t get me wrong, they’re nice and all, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, ya know?

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