I read the first two books when the first came out and I'm familiar with where the story's going. However, I'd never use the books as the basis for reviews overall because of how many people are watching the show for the first time. It's difficult to walk the tightrope, but easier for me because it's been so long since I read the books. It was a lot harder when I was first covering Game of Thrones. I was going nuts on that one. This I'm rather enjoying, knowing just enough to hide and still remain sane. ;-)
Hi Shelley. What episodes have you loved? I'd be curious to know if they lined up with what I loved or not. It's all about us right now, after all! I'm having a really difficult time with this season, too. I agree with others that it's about identity, but I see it more as the show's identity and it doesn't seem anyone really has an idea of exactly what they'd like that to be.
The same one who keeps letting you comment under aliases. Imagine.
I don't know where they've all scampered off to, but when it started, there were a LOT of people who jumped on board the Mary Conde tryst. They love it, completely losing faith in Francis after the rape. There was so much more to the entire ordeal than that, as well as why Conde was in the castle, but somehow, at the time, it was thought of as a breath of fresh air, just after the incredible love and support Francis and Mary had shared at the beginning of the season. IF they were taking the opinion of viewers into mind at that time, God help 'em. Given the latest development, I don't think they were. The writers changed from S1 to S2 and it's a palpable difference. I'm not sure exactly where the switch was, but let's hope S3 is handed a new staff as well, and one more interested in honest and interesting storytelling, not guided by shipping and indiscriminate sexual pairings just to titillate.
Your comment about Kenna going after a general is hilarious. They've ruined her just as they've ruined Mary. She had found her soul when she and Bash fell in love. What they did to her so she could find her sexy again is ridiculous when she and Bash were hella sexy together. Too back they wouldn't give them the time to BE sexy together because God forbid...marriage ain't sexy. Anyone planning a summer wedding? Scrap it. Pointless!!
Mary regretting what she has done, definitely. Conde making a concerted effort with an army of some sort, to take the throne. Francis and Mary needing to stand together, despite incredibly bitter feelings, to protect not only their countries but their very lives. It will be at this point that Mary truly understands what she has done to the throne by making her marriage weak in the eyes of their subjects. As for the others? The same old, same old.
Actually, I was not very negative. As a matter of fact, I flat out praised all that is Nyssa, as well as Laurel and Thea. What you will see is that I do not necessarily enjoy being yanked by the writing team, and that's what I believe is happening with the Arrow team and their wishy washy behavior. So, I'm going to call them on it. When I love episodes, everyone else dislikes them. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy them, just that others disagree.
Elizabeth is backing him because he has that birthright. He is a blood prince. His bloodline is in line to the throne and that's exactly why he has never been just another dude for Mary. Being a Protestant when Catholics are losing favor was another massive drawback. He could very easily win under the right circumstances. An army would follow the right person to destroy both Francis and Mary.
We may have a big bang without any answers. I want answers.
Is she anything more than the professor's lover? He called Peter away so she could kill Golan. Not good.
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