That was a heartbreaking moment - Gemma saying she left because she was the reason Fitz wasn't improving. I guess she reminds him of what he was like before & he strains to return to that point when she is around, instead of finding different ways to communicate.
Wen is in great shape & does a lot. But, no, they have some excellent stunt doubles & *choreographers* who really should be recognized. Insurance prevents her from doing really dangerous stuff. What I love about AoS is their attitude about making an older female character the martial arts star in a series instead of a 30-year-old guy. It's not a big deal to them. They don't draw attention to it. It simply IS. "Well, duh! Why not? She's awesome." It's continuing the Buffy tradition on the opposite end of the scale. THANK YOU!
Good show. But, people should really watch DAMAGES to see what inspired it. The Glenn Close-led lawyer drama perfected the flashback, flash-forward, flash-sideways method of storytelling. And, they rarely put time stamps in, expecting the audience to know what was going on.
I'd like to see bottle-bound Jafar face of against mirror-bound Sidney. Giancarlo Esposito has not been allowed to show how really scary he can be on OUAT. Frankly, he'd wipe the floor with Regina & Anastasia. Ever seen him on BREAKING BAD?
I'm disappointed in how Felicity was written in this episode wrt Ray Palmer. When we met her in Season 1, she was very independent. It's taken her a while to warm up to the idea of being with any guy, much less Oliver. So, the fact that her head is turned by Palmer's billionaire moves in under one week seems more than a little shallow. Come on - even Laurel would see through that & tell him to cool his heels in his boardroom. Why do action shows always make the women progressively more dependant on the male leads? Felicity doesn't need to cry on the nearest wealthy male to show viewers she wants more out of life. She just needs to be shown doing more than typing on the underground computer.
I think it's been established that Elizabeth & Henry are pretty cozy at the Univ of Virginia. She doesn't seem to have any pull with Harvard. IMO, this was the weakest part of the episode. The whole grade thing making the difference btw life or death for a CIA asset was insulting for all parties involved - Elizabeth, Henry, *and* the Russian. Weapons systems are serious business. Reputations, regimes, & careers rise & fall on their acquisition. To think that someone that high in any gov't would seriously consider the arming of a country as equally important to their child's GPA didn't leave any of them in a good light IMO. And, hello! Arming Pakistan?!?! With all due respect, CIA assets know the drill. Is saving one asset worth a nuclear war btw Pakistan & India, because that's what it would come down to. THAT should have been the issue. Not Henry's integrity.
What do you think the State Department does? That's pretty much the purpose of their existence - to handle American foreign affairs with other countries. To negotiate with other countries regarding ANY business the U.S. gov't may have with them & be the public, diplomatic face during any & all crises. That doesn't mean just one person is responsible. Rather, the entire DOS works toward that goal, in tandem with intel & input provided by the military, U.S. intelligence ops, the DOJ, etc. But, the other areas of gov't have classified information that cannot be disclosed to the public. Since the SOS is the head of State Dept, that person is the face of U.S. successes & failures.
Enjoyed the tributes to Sweets throughout. But, the actual case SUCKED. One little paper pusher blackmailed enough people to get several federal agents killed & put out hits on others for...what? I still don't know why Booth was nominated only to pull out the rug from under him. If his nomination had been approved, that little man would have gone undetected. Booth & Brennan would have moved away from D.C. & he could have done whatever he wanted for the forseeable future. He wasn't important, or obscenely wealthy, or anything. What was the motive for killing so many people?
Well, Sweets & Daisy have never said anything to indicate they are Christians. So, what's the big deal? Why do people take what FICTIONAL characters say as a personal affront? I'm a Christian. Brennan was in character. I wouldn't expect her to wax poetic about life after death. That would have been SO fake & insulting to those present. But, the fact that she changed to be more of a humanist & think about love in more esoteric terms than biological or scientific was the ultimate tribute to Sweets.
Great episode! Coulson is Director now. Of course, he's holding things back from his team. Director is a hell of a lot more different than Team Leader. As he explained to Fitz last week, that's what directors do - put everyone on a need to know basis. And, Coulson wasn't upset w/Fury about the need-to-know thing. All gov't agents understand that is the job. He was upset that information about his OWN health & revival was kept from him. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't care if Fury kept his own health status private. Seriously, do we expect to know the medical conditions of everyone we work with? Good golly, I hope not.
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