I'm thankful for everything about Terry Crews, for the existence of Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, for Sasha Roiz's shirtless rages, and for being a TV Fanatic :-)
Absolutely loved this episode. The case was fun and kept you guessing, and everyone was on point and hilarious, and I LOVE when Beckett gets to smile (a lot) in an episode). Stana Katic has an adorable grin, and it really uplifts the episode when everything is light hearted and Beckett gets to look like she's having fun. Great bromance moments between Ryan and Espo. Loved it!!
1. If I HAD to talk about Laurel, I will say that the kick-her-while-she's-down storyline is progressing nicely (assuming that's what it's supposed to be). However - and I'm sorry - but I just don't find Katie Cassidy that convincing as a broken woman. At all. Felicity's storyline - I think it was silly of her to go to the trailer herself. However, I think it was huge that she was willing to die rather than be the reason that Oliver killed someone again. I respectfully disagree with Hank - I don't see "brotherly" at all. They even change the score when the two are interacting. That final scene where Ollie goes to check on his friends, there's no background music when Oliver says he's checking on Diggle, and as soon as he turns to Felicity...strings!!! 2. So glad the Count is officially gone. He was a pretty bad villain. He was too much like the animated version of the Joker, but even the animated Joker was more menacing in his mania. 3. The "who" behind the outcome was a huge surprise to me. Was surprised to see Merlyn back so soon. Arrow doesn't waste time! 4. Thea will NOT get over it. And Carissa has a great point - she will now have lost 2 brothers at some point in her life. Even worse. 5. A(-) : losing points for the Count and for Katie Cassidy's acting. The reveal at the end and the Felicity/Oliver excellent interactions outweigh those though.
I do have a question though - that I just thought of. Whose shadow is that? The shadow was there before Rumple's dad became Pan - what's that story?
That's a good point re Laurel. Also, though, I think a huge part of it is that Oliver doesn't have to hide anything from Felicity, whereas he's hiding everything from Laurel. Felicity knows him and his secrets, she accepts that and she doesn't treat him any differently because of it. Oliver doesn't have to be afraid of what she'll think of him. That makes their connection more honest, lighter and more sincere. Honestly - I completely forgot about the flu shot mention at the beginning. That was a facepalm moment for me.
LOL - this was a really fun review to read, even though I didn't agree with everything. No snowballs here :) I will admit total surprise at the end (as in me yelling "whaaaaaaat" at my TV), just because I didn't think they'd bring Malcolm Merlyn back so quickly, and it didn't even occur to me that he was the one who paid off the jury. I did figure he was alive, and the Thea thing though - yeah, we all saw that coming. I was really happy that Oliver didn't miss the verdict - I don't know if Thea would have gotten over it. I found myself rewinding every Oliver/Felicity scene (and I'm watching the west coast feed now just for those). Oliver has never once looked at Laurel on the show the way he looks at Felicity - not with that kind of tenderness and sincerity. Honestly, the writers can't tease us this much at this point and not put them together. They just can't. Right?
I'm glad you're enjoying the show, Amy Lynn. I'm glad you mentioned Scully - seriously, how is he even a cop?! He lost his gun while it was holstered to him!!
Hi Linda! I have been watching the show regularly from the pilot. It's always possible that I've missed something, or maybe I just didn't word it right. Though I'm pretty sure that this is the first episode that divided the main cast up into these pairs for the entire episode, and all of their character development took place within those pairs. Until now, they've either functioned as a full ensemble, or split into trios and the interactions mix around during the episode. Hope you're enjoying the show!
1. My fave is the scene where they take Pandora's box from Rumple. My heart broke when they all turned against him. 2. I'll say 9. I didn't see it coming until the start of that episode - and then somehow I just knew. But the implications of it all were worse - not only did Peter Pan abandon his son, he kept his grandson captive for years, and now is stealing the heart of his great-grandson 3. Beyond stupid. BOTH your moms and your dad are telling you not to, and you do it anyway? Ugh. I was really annoyed. 4. I think it will come out. Peter will call Neal his grandson or something. 5. I think his legacy should take him down. Rumple and Baelfire. Not so much Henry.
Neil Patrick Harris and Wayne Brady in a sing-off, and the return of John Lithgow. That was pretty much all I needed, really. I don't even care what the plot was :-)
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