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Ward is still evil. He never changed.

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I like the show much better than Mr. Otero, apparently, who seems to have the attention span of a gnat and doesn't want to wait for storylines to unfold. This episode was paced just fine & had plenty of action IMO. If Otero wants to treat everything as filler until he sees the movie, AGE OF ULTRON, and then the 2nd Guardians movie, then the next Captain America installment, he will never appreciate any episode on its own merits because he's constantly distracted & frustrated by the simple fact that TV SHOWS AREN'T THE MOVIES. I even question his understanding of satisfying character development if he wants Ward's memory wiped and the character given a new beginning. Bringing Ward back is a great move. He's a fantastic villain precisely because he can play both sides and knows the core characters so well; and they him. The layers of mistrust & grudgingly working together are fun to watch precisely because everyone knows their history & they have to make conscious choices to not strangle each other. If his memory is wiped so he can be partially redeemed, it eliminates the value of choice and actual character growth. It's lazy writing. But, honestly, I don't think that will happen. Coulson promised a memory wipe as the "Director of SHIELD," which he isn't anymore. He's already deceiving Ward, as Ward deceived him with Deathlok. So, now we have an interesting cat-and-mouse game at play among strategic allies & foes. That's much more interesting to watch than a clean-shaven Ward making gogo eyes at Skye because he doesn't remember he tried to kill their entire team, & slaughtered his own family.

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Jiaying was literally carved to pieces by HYDRA. Her daughter was stolen from her father intentionally by SHIELD, & raised in the foster system. It's understandable she wants nothing to do with regular humans, & looks upon them with indifference. They destroyed her family. Plus, we don't even know her actual age. Cal could have been her last attempt at a normal life, after perhaps centuries of trying to live among human society & being driven into isolation every time it's discovered that she is somewhat immortal. Think of her as a foreshadowing of Ultron.

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Your choice of words is incorrect. There was no "consciously" about it. Emma believed her son could die at Cruella's hand, and protected her child's life, oblivious to the fact that Henry couldn't be harmed. Frankly, no one should feel guilty over killing a person who holds a gun to a child's head, empty threat or not. I believe that falls under the category of "self defense" (trying to save a child's life) and "justifiable homicide." Cruella bluffed that she could outwit not one mother with magic; but two. And lost that bet. Furthermore, Cruella's only motivation was simply to inflict pain. She's not a misunderstood soul who was dealt a bad hand. She IS the bad hand who wishes to wallow in darkness.

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It's going to be difficult to match Rochefort. But, France is now at war with Spain, and England is coming into play. Maybe they don't need one Big Villain with all the political stuff about to come down the pike.

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I agree. Rochefort's take down was too satisfying to watch. Everyone had a go at him, and the bugger just wouldn't stay down.

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If anyone knows the general history of the time, and the plot of the Dumas' novel, things felt a lot scarier in the finale for several of the characters. The writers did a REALLY good job in that respect. They managed to heighten suspense while not really changing the important details of history, or the directions of the main characters. Well done! If this had been a series finale, it would also have worked w/the novel, where Aramis decides to retreat to a monastery.

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The Apprentice said that while there have been several authors, there was only one at a time. And, the reason for so many books in his library is that he IS writing all of them down; not just some of them. He may not control the existence of the realms. But, if he didn't control the developments & conclusions of all the stories, there would be no reason for him to exist. He's supposed to be all-seeing, and all-knowing, because he IS the Omniscient Narrator. Ironically, that turn of events where Cruella is purely evil - who wrote that? He was there, and supposedly the only Author with the magic pen. If not him,then who?

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I thought she did answer it. Didn't she flippantly inform Maleficent that she & Ursula left the babe in the woods, and took whatever magic the egg had to preserve their appearance?

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I'm thoroughly confused over the Author's ignorance about Cruella. If she exists in a realm of stories that he is supposed to control, wouldn't he have known about her already? How was he totally unaware of her years of sociopathic behavior if he's supposed to be writing this stuff?