@huisclothes - True. The "Snidely Whiplash" routine was so inconsistent from the Volker who evaded being associated to any crime for years. He was portrayed 95% of the time as cold & calculating. Then, to wrap up his arc quickly, he goes over the emotional rails over a child. The guy's a billionaire. Why didn't he just fly himself out of the country & set up shop on a remote tropical island, like that one on LOST. ;-)
CONT'D FROM BELOW...Basically, in the time it took Tommy Volker to drive to the zoo, they would have known he was coming and that place would have been locked up as tight as a drum. They could have still written the final hunt scenes so Marvin would not be in real danger, and Volker would have realized that his every move had been filmed and recorded from the point where he entered the apartment building. "Kids as bait" scenarios are not appealing to me any more, even in dramatic situations.
I know the final scenes where Volker was hunting down Marvin were contrived and over-the-top to add drama. But, did they have to make law enforcement look so stupid. COME ON! I'm a parent. Since Sandy Hook, I've received so much information on safety procedures in schools that I feel comfortable outlining the following: when it comes to the safety of children, law enforcement is capable of locating your child so quickly, it will make your head spin. First, the CBI would not be *driving* around to find your kid, especially if his life was danger. They would have 1) contacted the guardian at work; 2) called the school to locate his class; 3) if indeed at the zoo, the zoo would be locked down and all surveillance used to locate Volker (zoos have a lot of security on hand, especially if schools are there on field trips). This could be done in under 20 minutes because unfortunately, domestic violence situations have made these procedures more common than we'd like to think...CONT'D
@Marisa1983 - No, the stranger isn't related to the Doctor. Remember how the curse worked - it only affected the Enchanted Forest & its residents. It doesn't cross over into other lands like Neverland or Wonderland. The reason the Doctor was shown is he'll be trying to revive the Stranger, and as the show often does, there will be flashbacks to when he tried to revive his brother in his land.
@TiffanyO - Actually, I thought Cora kidnapped Archie so she could find out more about Regina. Hook knew about Bae when Mila was alive. And, he was spying on Rumple & Belle with his telescope, which is how he discovered the location of the cloak. Hook didn't need Archie for any of that.
What are the feelings about Edith's "spinster" state? Ironically, I think it's because she's from the aristocracy that she was left at the altar. Sir Anthony knew that she would be OK financially if he didn't go through with the marriage. If Edith had been from one of the village families or from that smaller "middle class" where distant relatives reside (like Matthew & Violet), he wouldn't have been able to back out because she would have had no real financial support after the wedding. It's too bad. Their personalities really meshed.
I liked this episode, and don't understand how people can watch DA and disparage it for its "soap opera" tendencies. How long have you been watching? It's ALWAYS been a soap opera. Do you not recall that in season 1, by the 2nd or 3rd hour of the show, Lady Mary had lost her virginity to a bisexual visitor from India, and he DIED in her bed! Then her mom and ladies' maid had to carry the body back to his room. Goodness - if that's not soap opera territory, I don't know what is. Season 1 was WILD! There was more servant backstabbing, gay backrubs, and sisterly blackmail combined than there's been in the succeeding two seasons. And, I love all of it! Good stuff. J.R. Ewing would definitely approve.
@Reviewer Christine - How can you say all the action was in Storybrooke? What about the entire Mulan-Phillip backstory? Personally, I loved that part and Belle's involvement. It also clears up the timeline even more wrt how & when the EQ threw Belle into a dungeon, and when/where Mulan & Phillip live. And, FINALLY, we see Belle wearing something new, although...is cleavage really necessary when hunting a flaming lion? Well...you know what I mean. And, what a final scene! Personally, we clapped when Hook hit the car hood and went flying. How like him to shoot an unarmed girl in the back...JERK!
@Jane & Elizabeth - The creators of OUAT have stated on their weekly podcast that Rumple only had his memory of Storybrooke returned when Emma said her name to him last year. You might want to listen to their past comments about this season's episodes. I know it's confusing because that wasn't really clear to me either. But, according to them (and they write the show), Regina was the only character in Storybrooke who had her memories the entire time of its existence. She can also come & go from the town at any time (and maybe she has) and not be affected by the curse.
@Suzamba - Recently Jason O'Mara (who plays Jack) referred to the Jack-Mia relationship as "Romeon & Juliet." So, yeah, some people are going to have to die if that's the case. And, there is only one person that Mia is related to at the moment. How on earth did she come from such a lowlife? Must have been raised by her mom on the East Coast somewhere.
WOW! Amazing episode! Definitely don't believe that Irene Adler is dead. Moriarty is obviously very wealthy if he was able to hire an assassin with such expensive tastes. Someone with that much money could have definitely rigged test results of blood or DNA in her case. Personally, I'd like Mycroft to be Sherlock's brother and not his father just because sibling relationships can be more interesting than parent-child ones. Since Mycroft is supposed to be as brilliant as Sherlock, it would be fun to see that.
I never thought I would want to watch 2 Sherlock Holmes series at the same time. But, here we are, and I do! Truly enjoying the embarrassment of riches on tv today. I agree with SMS below. Not a wasteland IMO!
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