Thank you for that explanation - so very insightful!
THE MOTHER from How I Met Your Mother. Geez - way to underutilize a fantastic actress and potentially excellent character. Winston from New Girl. They just don't know what to do with him. Totally agree with Thea Queen and Alana Bloom. Though I think Alana's going to have a bigger role this season.
This is a great RT :-) 1. I try to avoid spoilers as much as I can, so this felt like any regular Arrow episode to me. I had no expectations going in. 2. I think both. I've been in the friend zone (or Palcatraz) so often I consider myself mayor - I know how uncomfortable unrequited feelings can be. That being said, I totally agree with Hank and Carla - Slade was totally creepy and voyeuristic about it. He wasn't in a good place to being with. The Mirakuru catapulted him over the edge. 3. Maybe if we saw her, then yes. Right now, no. It only reminded me of the DC Animated Universe version of Mr Freeze, who did what he did to save his wife. 4. Besides "I wish my mom would keep it in her pants?" I think he was constantly assessing the situation, being on the alert for his family, thinking of a plan, suppressing the shock and anger. 5. I agree with Carissa - a bit more info would be nice at this point. I mean, he came back from the island all scarred up - physically and emotionally. They shouldn't be surprised to learn that he met dangerous people there. It would have at least kept Moira from shamelessly throwing herself at Slade. Geez louise.
I think what surprised me the most about this episode is the lack of urgency surrounding Ardiles' murder and the fact that the gang is being surveilled. Jane didn't seem concerned, Lisbon wasn't pressing it...that was confusing to me. I like Abbott more and more each episode. Re the gifts - I don't think he hacked their files - Jane can barely use a computer. My theory is that he's talked to people in their past - family members or something - that told them about their childhood.
I honestly don't think Grimm's in any danger. It's very steady on Friday nights. As far as NBC's concerned, I'd more concerned about Hannibal than Grimm. I'm really hoping the Mentalist doesn't get cancelled - I'd love just one more season to see what happens with Lisbon and Jane.
That does clear it up in my murky brain - thanks! Though it was still really convenient that they contacted Elena in time to save Beckett's life...
The emotional weight and intensity of this episode was fantastic, and the acting was great throughout. Well done by the cast. However, the story - while well executed - didn't make any sense to me. I mean, the only theory that makes any sense to me is that Bracken arranged this whole thing from the beginning, JUST to "save" Beckett's life and call it even, but that's not how anyone on the show saw it. I mean, Elena supposedly wanted out, only to be back in just in time to save Beckett's life. Elena tried to commit suicide to avoid the meet, only to escape custody to go save Beckett. Did Elena not know that there was no meet, OR was the whole plan for Beckett (the only young woman in the entire NYPD to speak fluent Russian) to be kidnapped in the first place? And if none of the folks knew who Elena was and were going to hire her as an assassin, how did she - so quickly - end up working for Lazarus to save Beckett's life? I don't know. Maybe I'm just tired. But that whole story was a mess. Emotional and intense, yes, but still messy. Sorry. I welcome any clarification.
This was a great review - really tied it all together. Can I let off some steam though, please? Never has a show simultaneously angered the hell out of me and moved me as How I Met Your Mother. On the one hand - as far as the characters are concerned, my heart seriously hurts for Ted, knowing how long he waited to find "the one" only for it all to seemingly end in tragedy. Josh Radnor really nailed the emotion - I almost cried with him. On the other hand - Carter and Bays are JERKS. I'm so angry. Seriously, the whole point of the show was a man going through the ringer to find his happy ending. And this twist only leaves us with two possibilities: 1. The mother dies - meaning the whole point of the show has been ridiculously rescinded to Ted's heartbreak after building false hope for 9 bloody years. It's an intentional shot to the heart with no lesson, consequence, meaning or stakes. It feels cheap and made me feel used for the last 9 years. 2. There's gonna be a cop-out or a misdirect - which is even more enraging. You can't elicit that kind of emotion just for kicks. (sigh) I'm sorry. Carry on.
Great review! I totally agree that the whole Nick/Monroe friendship imbalance wasn't properly addressed. I loved how wonderfully awkward the dinner was at the end.
Looking forward to its return! Also, isn't that Richard Haibach on the screen in Picture 11?
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