I like frank and Laurel. I don't think he viewed her as expendable at all. I got the impression Laurel was the daughter of a cartel leader so I mean, not much room to judge. Alex & Piper and Olivia and Fitz are just flat out toxic relationships. Period. Same for the couple on Heroes, not to mention they have zero chemistry. I wouldn't even guess they were married if we weren't told that they were. I hate it so much. Jackson and April never should have pursued anything romantic to me. They always came across like siblings. He had a nice big brother thing that reminded me of how Alex is with Meredith, and then they ruined it. I'll be glad if and when it's officially over so we can move on. They've never been compatible. Ryan and Natalie. I don't even understand it now do I find it interesting. She's awful. Her sad story about her daughter that we have yet to see doesn't excuse her being awful. I don't get stiles and Malia either but I'm not a big Malia fan. I'd have rather seen her figure out how to be a functioning human being and focus on her family without the unnecessary romance.
I will take anything regarding Miranda if it meant I didn't have to see Caleb and Shelby crap. At least there's something to Miranda. There is too much focus on the romantic entanglements, because there are too many going on at once and only one of them is somewhat interesting and unique. I mean we have a standard love triangle with Ryan, Alex, and Natalie. We have the most boring, uninspired, and bordering on unhealthy relationship that is Caleb and Shelby, then woo hoo they made that into a freaking love triangle too. With his father. No thank you. Then we have bisexual shady Simon and his thing with the amin twins. I found that one at least interesting compared to the others. And don't get me started on whatever the hell Miranda and Liam are. We don't need all of them. Trim the fat. Shelby on her own and with Alex etc is interesting, but Shelby and Caleb are the biggest time suck of an episode when their time can be used on something else. I wouldn't cut Miranda time because Miranda is interesting and I think Liam somehow is responsible for coming between her and her son. She said she found a note that he was planning to shoot up a add hook that happen to include Liam's daughter, and Liam is the shadiest most trifling character on here and that includes Simon. Liam is breaking up families left and right, I'm willing to bet he's responsible for having Miranda believer her son was guilty when he wasn't. Natalie is the worst. I'd like her more I if her competitive nature was about ambition more than its about being catty and jealous. I'm not q fan of her personal vendetta against Alex. The Simon and amin twins relationship is complicated and somewhat interesting. I had mixed feelings about Raina and Simon's romantic scene. On one hand it's been interesting compared to other romantic crap, if not a bit problematic at times. On the other, she's a hijab wearing muslim woman, she barely knows Simon. Since its Simon, she doesn't know him at all. Why portray her as being willing to unveil her hair so he could see it and her for that matter? That's not, that's nor how wearing hijab works. I'm not muslim and I don't wear one but I know enough to know that this could be controversial if not a bit offensive given what we are supposed to believe about Raina amin who is the more traditional rule follower of the two twins. So as someone who finds the characters and their relationship interesting I found it intriguing but the hijab bit irritated me as well. Also, if it was their day odd couldn't Simon have reasonably believed that her twin sister was visiting or something? He freaked out big time, but it was overkill. Honestly the way he had been watching her (them) like a hawk I found it hard to believe it took him this long to figure it out. This episode was meh.
1. I rather enjoyed Jax. He's the comeback kid, the team player, the kid that caught a rough break as a result of being a good person. How can you not root for him.2. The send off just....happened. I thought them learning to work together was cool and then they were gone. Okay. 3. I love Iris' arc. She was deserving of something and I'm glad there's more flexible Candice to do. She was poised but held firm. She's handling it with grace but she's hurting and I miss her having someone to confide in because Barry hasn't been that person. They're best friends but his flash thing is taking precedence, and Iris really needs another friend. Would it hurt to use Linda for that or someone? If this show needs anything it needs at least one solid female friendship. 4. Wells. I mean, it's Tom Cavanaugh. 5.On the Patty/Barry front I don't see it romantically. It's not that I'm opposed to him having other love interest, but I don't feel any romantic vive between him and Patty. It never even crossed my mind that it could be mutual until Joe started talking. It feels really forced. I like Patty but they come across platonic at best. I'd rather he have another go with Linda of its that serious. Cisco and Patty would be adorable however. But what I personally took notice of in the episode was Caitlin's elitist behaviour towards Jax. It was, well it was really awful. I did like that Barry took note of it a couple of times and eventually gave her some advice, and fortunately she came around in the end, but prior to that it was horrible to watch. All those buzz words and phrases being hurled at working class people to imply that they are less than, Caitlin had them all down.
Flaurel, yes. I'm on board with it. I love Frank. They always have smoking hot risqué scenes together. I don't think everyone ganged up and turned on annalise. I think it's part of a really twisted plan that she might be in on. For one, I remember one of the flash forwards showing that Connor didn't want to leave her side. He was concerned. He said something about it all being her fault but he was concerned and didn't want to leave her and michaela had to make him. Also, I highly doubt we have to put up with half a season of them treating annalise like she's the spawn of Satan even though she's been protecting them, all because her methods are immoral only to turn on her and do something immoral because the hypocrisy would be too ridiculous for words and they wouldn't be any better than her. Plus I can believe anything on this show but you will never be able to convince me that Frank Delfino, Annalise's ride or die, the Clean up man, but also her protector who is loyal beyond comprehension would be in on trying to kill annalise. Bonnie either. I can believe any of the the others would but I'd never buy that frank and Bonnie would betray annalise beyond repair like that. Fall out, sure, but not to the point of attempting to kill her or not caring of she dies. Frank's fake freaking out would have been realistic to me or it wasn't something planned, the second he slipped into cool calm and collected in suspected that he was going along with something that Annalise was privy to. He also used that moment as his alibi to dump Catherine who they are clearly setting up. My issue with Nate is his failure to be accountable in the part he played in his affair. I understand he's grieving and mad at annalise, but once he got into how he missed time with his wife because of annalise I kept thinking about him servicing her in her office or sleeping with her repeatedly all last season. That was time he could've spent with his wife too so.... There wasn't enough time spent on the case of the week. I loved the parallels between her and the client though. I don't even know what to say about Asher. The second you might get comfortable in thinking there is an untarnished character, it flips that right around real quick. The only innocent, good person on here is Oliver, and he's been dragged down the rabbit hole. Oliver, no self respecting hacker leaves their Webcam uncovered. Don't kill him off. I loved Frank's family. It was quintessential Italian. How freaking fun. I didn't miss that comment made when frank was getting rid of Rebeccas body, that implied that his actions might be part of the family business. Apparently Delfinos aren't strangers to making bodies disappear. Which brings me to wanting to know more about Frank. What favor did he owe Sam for where he killed Lila for him? How exactly did he come to work for annalise and be so loyal and protective with her? Because last episode she showed signs if unraveling, and we kind of known she deals with depression etc and I hot the distinct feeling that Frank takes care of and looks out for annalise and her well being and psyche more than they've shown thus far. Annalise and Bonnie both.
I'm loving stephen McQueen as Jimmy on this. He's great. I knew he wouldn't leave. I was annoyed that his brother just wouldn't come out with his reasoning for being a jackass in the beginning. Knew the files would go missing. Dawson should have had copies. I'm not surprised with Kelly's gf or whatever. His relationships are always disastrous.
Completely agree about Kelly and the new girl. It made sense that he and shay got along so well, their taste in women is questionable at best. I'm tired of his storylines relationships with woken who aren't interesting or great. I'd rather he stay single for a bit, but I liked his high school best friend. April was it? I liked her. If he has to be with someone for the millionth time, I'd rather he try a real relationship with her and that way we can see it when we need to but it doesn't dominate his story arc because they'll both be on their own shows.
Patty is adorable. I love her, she's quirky and fun. I think it's cute that she has this crush on Barry. My only issue is it honest to God didn't seem mutual at all, so when Joe said that to Barry and Barry conceded it felt oddly forced. It never felt like he thought of her as anything other than a new colleague and potential friend. I don't care either way but I never sensed anything more than platonic. I'd also love it if Patty interacted more with iris. Or Caitlin. I hate that the women on this show don't really interact much. Iris had a nice thing going with Linda, sort of, and occasionally she and Caitlin both get to interact with Felicity when she visits but they don't interact much with each other or anyone else. I'm enjoying the fact that Iris and Joe have their own story. Joe is an amazing father but most of his special paternal moments were always with Barry. I love that Iris is standing strong and supporting her father and that she's not easily accepting her mother's return. I loved that she investigated the hell out of her mother and found out about her brother. I don't have an issue with the wally being her brother of its done right. This storyline gives iris something meatier to deal with it and she deserves that type of arc. I too wish she had someone. Someone other than her father or Barry. Because they both are sometimes too close or too preoccupied. I'm probably the only one but I had a really big problem with Caitlin and her elitist behaviour during this episode. She was adamant that Hewitt was the best candidate presumably because he looked good on paper even though Jax was clearly the better choice. The only thing that she responded to in Hewitt was the fact that he was a fellow scientist even though Jax was smart as well, athletic, selfless, and a team player. Hewitt had an agenda, was arrogant as noted by Cisco and wouldn't exactly of played well with others in the long run. She forgot that what made Ronnie and Stein compatible wasn't the fact that they were similar or shared interest but that they balanced each other out. They didn't initially get along either. But I detested the fact that she kept implying that Jax wasted his life or didn't amount to anything or was just a mechanic. As if his circumstances, blowing out his knee, having to take care of his mom or being a mechanic made him less worthy or beneath them or her. I love the show but I do resent that they have such a narrow view of intellect when it's anything but narrow, focusing only on the resident "smart ones" being smart because of their talents in math and science. Hewitt in her eyes was great because he was an engineer and being a mechanic was disregarded as though mechanics doesn't involve some levels of engineering and as if being a mechanical prodigy for example isn't something that can exist. The thing is, star labs has tons of scientists, they didn't require another scientist, there is a reason why Joe and Eddie and Patty and Iris are valuable allies, they bring/brought different skillsets. A successful team requires everyone to bring their own skillset to the table. I was happy that Barry picked up on her behaviour and gave her some advice and that she went and apologized sort of to Jax. But the way she spoke to and about him reminded me of how privileged people speak of the lower/working class with an ignorance as a result of lack of experience or critical thought and a naiveté to the world around them. I'm sure it wasn't intentional and that she meant well and her motivations lay with having to replace her husband, but it was still crappy elitist behaviour and I wasn't a fan of that aspect of the episode. Wells in any form has me excited! !!
If anything, the entire jo and Stephanie thing reeked of unconscious racism and microaggressions the precious week when Amelia took the word of Jo, a person she barely knows nor works with, over the word of Stephanie whom she worked with the most and proved to be her protege time and time again. It also could be interpreted as another form of racial microaggression that Stephanie was pointing out when she went off on Jo, because she was basically saying that she felt Jo had to believe that Stephanie childhood is what drives her to work hard and be a great doctor, as if to imply that she couldn't have done that on her own. I'm not saying that's what it was about, but it could have been interpreted that way, which hints at racial bias and subtexts that people have without realizing it. Stephanie saying she was a better doctor didn't carry any prejudice, how could it have? Out of the two of them, Stephanie isn't the one who would be at any advantage socially when it comes to being seen as a good doctor. Jo would be, if we're being realistic.
James Spader is next level great. That's just fact. I can gush about him all day. But shoutout to Ryan Eggold who has been quietly holding his own from the time it was officially revealed that Tom Keen was a lie. Seriously he's done some fine work. I mean, can I take a moment to say that I haven't seen a single alias of his that I don't find interesting or have a thing for and god help me that includes the neonazi and as a WOC that effed me up big time let me tell you. I loved the Montage of him getting into character. I love how he embodies his characters fully. Like, did anyone catch that moment after Liz finally called (sweetie I would have called sooner but then again I would have been on that boat and none of this would have happened) when he hung up the phone and did that facial tic thing so he could get back in character because Liz had jarred him out of it? Brilliant. Tom Keen has been one of my favorite characters on here since the beginning so I'm excited to see him working so hard to save his girl. Dembe better not die or there will be hell to pay. Not my Dembe. That reunion with Liz and aram was the cutest. I would be more convinced with ressler working so hard to being Liz in if he were a boy scout. He isn't so I'm not as into it.
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