Great review! My heart broke for Felicity - especially when Isabel gave the "night off" comment (man, I wanted to smack her!).
I think I had two major surprises this episode. One was that Diggle was married to Lyla; didn't see that coming at all. Also, the way he was willing to put his vendetta aside to save her was admirable.
Two was that Oliver was willing to admit that he cared for Felicity and that's why he wasn't with her. We could definitely see how much he likes her - she's the only one that can make him smile spontaneously and sincerely, he never really backs away or shoots her down when she blurts out an awkward comment about her attraction to him, and she's the only one who accepts him with all his baggage and calls him out on being a jerk.
I don't know if I would call this a filler episode, though. It may not continue the Black Canary arc, but there was still a lot that had to do with all of the Arrow mythology. We learned more about his Russian connection, more about the island, etc.
We've talked about this - there's no "agreeing to disagree" on these here internets! :-p
In seriousness though, I'm with you, Christine - Beckett's comment was quite clearly in jest, but one would need to watch the episode to see that in the context of their conversation and looks on their faces. Beckett saw the opportunity for a good joke and she zinged him.
I do agree with the general comments though that Castle has generally been the one to yield in the relationship. This particular instance isn't as important because, as you said, this was more of an invitation on his part than an acquiescence to Beckett's will. But he has kinda been everyone's doormat for the past few seasons.
Well...that was awesome!
By far the best episode. Fitz's character was just so, SO amazingly well written this time, and the actor did such a good job - he even made Ward seem less wooden. That pairing was brilliant.
Skye and Simmons - not so much. Skye's character still bugs me, mostly because of how abrasive she gets when she wants her way. But I loved Coulson laying the smackdown on her.
As usual, I loved everything Coulson. From the way he caught himself saying "it's a magical place", to his standoff with the agent in charge, to his "conversation" with May, to his smackdown and later father-figure moment with Skye...Clark Gregg is the master of understated.
Awesome episode, great review :-)
Definitely the best episode of the show so far! Really enjoyed this.
Great review. I echo what other commenters have said - this was a great showcase for the whole team. I also like how light-hearted the territorial discussion was for Castle and Beckett. Fun episode.
I'm glad you're enjoying the show! I know what you're talking about re Peralta and Santiago, but I think it's more of a begrudging admiration of each other. We'll see where that goes :-)
Okay. Here's the thing. I both loved and hated this episode.
I LOVED the flashback. I loved EVERYTHING about Barney's challenges, and I doubled over in laughter during the dolphin challenge, the no "Es" challenge, and when he did the Ryan Gosling I almost died. I loved Barney's conversation with the mother, I loved that she put him on the right track. I loved Bryan Cranston. I loved Marshall and Ted yelling at the coach. This would have been a perfect episode if Marshall and Ted's conversation had been about anything else besides Ted and Robin.
Seriously, if I never hear "Ted and Robin" again, it'll still be too soon. I am so incredibly tired of the Ted and Robin storyline. We already know Barney marries Robin, we know Ted marries the mother, so I can't for the life of me understand why they're spending so much time hashing out every last detail of Ted's infatuation with Robin, and I can't imagine how all that minutiae will contribute to that final moment. I totally get that Ted's devastation over Robin will be the catalyst to him finding the mom, and I appreciate that...but at this point, do all of these little details even matter?
I'm sorry, that was a rant. :-(
I usually dislike love triangles, and I don't usually get on relationship bandwagons - if it's a good show, I'll just trust the writers. But OH MY GOSH I can't even describe how hard I "ship" Hook and Emma. The chemistry between them is just so palpable. I love how honest Hook is with her, and I totally called that he wanted to win her fair and square. However, given that this is a Disney show, I'm willing to bet they'll never let those two be together while Henry's father is still in play and a nice little nuclear family can be restored - one of them's going to die for the cause, and since Neal already "died", I'm betting that's Hook.
I love how far Rumpelstiltskin has come. The old Rumple would have NEVER believed that someone could love him the way that Belle does. But he does - and he was right.
The revisit to Storybrooke was fun, much more interesting than I anticipated, as was Ariel. I'm honestly starting to lose interest in Pan and his endgame - they need to speed that up. Fast.
1. Watching Fitz fall apart as Simmons prepared to jump off the plane. That was a powerful scene.
2. I'm with Craig and Christine.
3. No and No. I think May's in the dark, but she has her suspicions.
4. Again, right there with Craig and Christine. Also a fan of the X-Files!
5. Definitely would miss Coulson the most. I quite like Fitz and Simmons. Everyone else...meh. We haven't gotten enough reasons to root for the rest of the cast yet.
1. HAHAHAHA! Maybe some plexiglass at this point?
2. I think he'll keep the secret, and I don't think he's made the connection between Oliver and Sara yet. Mostly because Ollie did a good job of "proving" he wasn't the vigilante in season 1. Only a matter of time, though.
3. I agree with all of you.
4. My first thought was that Thea was Merlyn's child.
5. I love how it changed the dynamic of team Arrow. Oliver's finally opening up to Diggle about all the insanity on the island. Also, everything everyone said :-)
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