I got a laugh out of the Kilroy Graffiti on one of the walls in the closed off area. Given that it was a WWII museum it definitely fit in and was something that you would expect to see there. I wonder how many younger viewers spotted it and know of its significance.
It was a Rube Goldberg Machine. For additional details on this type of device, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...,
"[T]he heartfelt wish at the end of the episode for all our defenders was a nice touch" I may be remembering wrong but I have the impression that NCIS always has the last episode of the year as an Xmas themed one and that it always ends with this credit screen.
It was stated that Ralph's dad had to be out of town due to a job interview. I loved the present to Ralph of a Rube Goldburg set-up to trigger.
I am more focused on the issue of Roland as the giver of a true love's kiss than the fall out of him failing. I would have been happy with Regina coming up with the idea and Robin shooting it down due to the possible negative fall out for Roland if it failed. This was a possible solution once Robin's attempt failed and it is a major plot hole for it to never be addressed.
"A bit of genealogy: Emma is the daughter of Snow and Charming; where does she get the surname 'Swann', as in Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean) ? Was the surname ever explained? Just curious" Yes. She spent the first 28 years of her life in the real world (until Henry brought her to Storybrook) and her childhood in foster care. He was a foundling and thus the system gave her the name Emma Swan. I think that the Emma was/is her real name given her by Snow and Charming at birth and written on the blanket she was wrapped in when sent to the real world. Given this she has always been "Emma" and only the "Swan" was a non-FTL assigned surname. Note that Snow and Charming have real world (aka Storybrook) names that sometimes get used in lieu of their original FTL names/identities. Rumple is called Rumple and Gold for example.
" My goodness, Henry is growing up! He looks more mature with each passing episode." Do not forget that he has been a major behind the scenes driving force from day/episode 1. He is coming into his role as a major power. It was him that got Emma to come to town in the first place, he has steadfastly supported Regina in her efforts the reform and overcome the abuse of her childhood that caused the EQ persona, etc. I think the author has plans for him that started with getting the book into his possession.
Once again the writers have ignored plot points from from prior episodes to avoid addressing them so they can force the current plot to go in a direction it could not if they maintained continuity. First they had Marion not be revived by Robin's "True Love's Kiss" since he was now in love with Regina. I can accept this but they dropped the ball when they did not give Roland a chance to deliver the kiss. I do not remember how old he was when she "died" so his attempt could also fail giving the same result (since he had not yet bonded with her as his mother) but not trying is a cop out. Now you have Marion understanding that time has passed for Robin and being willing to not want him back if he was coming unwillingly but just from a sense of duty. Before she started to refreeze he say that he had to go back to her for Roland's sake. No way. Why not share him with Emma and Marion both being his mothers? If it can be done with Henry why not Roland? Even in a divorce the old wife and new wife can share the children's love. Another cop out for not raising the possibility (based on what Marion said so long as she was not cut out she might have been agreeable) at that point and then drop the "She is still affected" bombshell.
"In another interview Colin said that Rumple wants Hook to suffer, so he's aware of all his actions instead of following them blindly. I assume that's also why Rumple gives Hook his orders in person instead of doing the walkie-talkie thing with his heart like Aurora and Graham." I have to go back and check but I think you have an incorrect idea about the use of the heart. It does not act as a communication channel to talk to the heart's owner but rather to control the owner. When used, the owner is turned into a robot that says what is spoken to it and acts the way Rumple (in this case) wants Hook to act. Rumple OTOH just tells Hook what he wants Hook to do but NOT how to do it. Hook has total control of his actions except that he can not act against Rumple or Rumple's restrictions on how he can act or what he can do. Note how in tonight's episode how Hook grabs Emma's arm to signal her that something is wrong but can not tell her out right. He has some control over his actions but not if he violates the restrictions placed on him.
I have a question for those here. I am sure that most of us are aware of the Witness Relocation system where Witnesses are assigned new identities and back histories. My question is how Henry and Adam were able to pull off their current identities that were able to pass the background checks that should have been needed for their jobs without access to the Witness Relocation's identity creation resources. I know that this falls under the "Willing Suspension of Disbelief" rule but how can it be explained otherwise?Neither of them are Government Agents with access to the "Cover Identity" resources they were see on crime shows/etc.
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