Great review! I loved this episode. I went cold when Monroe saw the guy burned at the stake. Somehow it made the danger he was in so much more real. Glad to see the return of zombie Nick - I hope they explore that a bit more. Also, I'm pretty sure Renard tells Wu, "You don't wanna go there."
I'm seriously hoping for a Hexenbiest showdown between Juliette and Adalind.
I thought one of the coolest things about the episode was the fact that they "redid" the office in exactly the same way as it was before, with one significant change (the photocopier that makes toast). It was nicely symbolic of the show itself, which has gone back to what it was before, but now with a baby. Malory's and Sterling's reactions are sort of how the fans react - the ones who didn't want to go back to the old ways would be Malory, and the ones who are excited about the old ways are like Sterling ("I'm not a fan of change.") Also, it seems they're continuing with the mystery of whether this is the real Krieger. Would the real Krieger have forgotten Pam's name? Curiouser and curiouser...
To this day I have never understood how a show that fantastic, a show where every episode required so much preparation and thought, ended so badly.
I know - I'm one of the staff writers too, I've got two on the list :-)
Not to mention the favourite this year, Fargo. Which I sadly haven't had the time to watch even though it's got Martin Freeman, one of my faves. I like our list anyway!
There should really be an award for "most improved show". I can't believe the Agents of SHIELD we started with is the same show. I almost gave up on it!! I binged the whole half-season a couple days ago. It's fantastic. Also - my line of work involves assessing language difficulties (aphasia) caused by brain injury or neurodegeneration. Iain De Caestecker nails this so hard it's unbelievable - I've never seen a portrayal on screen that accurate. I wanna give the guy a hug so badly!
Maybe I'm forgetting something...but when did Storybrookians become able to cross the town lines without forgetting who they were?
I'm still kind of in shock, honestly. I know this is based on comics so science doesn't actually rule, but dude got impaled and fell off a massive cliff that was half frozen to begin with - between the blood loss, hypothermia and blunt force trauma, unless Superman caught him at the bottom OR he fell straight into a Lazarus pit, there's no way... The only plausible theory I have is that this was all a plan between Ra's and Oliver to catch Malcolm Merlyn off guard. The duel was Merlyn's idea to begin with, and Ra's obviously knew that Oliver didn't kill Sara. Oliver made some kind of deal with Ra's to spare Thea so he can have Merlyn. He probably had to sacrifice something else. So Ollie and Ra's have a duel, Ra's pretends to kill Oliver with witnesses around (Young Justice, anyone?). I mean, Ra's would know a kill shot, and the sword went into the lower right thorax - it's far from his heart. Punctured a lung and maybe his liver, avoided major arteries. Oliver only falls a few feet off the cliff and is caught by one of the LoA people, patched up and stays in hiding until Merlyn comes out of hiding feeling all good about himself, and BOOM, they take him out. While Oliver's hidden though, Team Arrow back in Starling City have to hold down the fort. Also, I'm acutely aware that my theory barely holds water, and I have NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
Unless Oliver fell straight into a Lazarus pit, I can't imagine that would save him. You have to still be alive for the pit to work, and between the blood loss from being impaled, the trauma of falling down a massive mountain AND the hypothermia from the freezing location they were at - if he indeed fell, he's dead. (Then again, I'm applying medical science to a comic book show, so who knows...)
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