I'll start with this - the cast was amazing. They worked with what they were given, and they did it fantastically pretty much every week, and in this finale. Barney meeting his daughter was probably one of the best scenes EVER in the show. I love the cast and I'm forever grateful for them. However, the writing and the total inflexibility of the show-runners was a travesty. They had an ultimate goal from season 2 and refused to change it even as the dynamics of the show changed, the length of the show changed, the chemistry of the actors changed, and the viewer expectations changed. They negated almost all of the character growth and experiences over the years and ignored how invested the audience had become in the mother. They completely ignored just how amazing Cristin Milioti was and completely wasted her. All so they wouldn't have to change an idea they had 8 years ago. Ted and Robin getting together would have made sense if the finale happened - I don't know - 4 years ago. But now, after 9 season, it was completely contrived. That's why I think the ending was totally is a slap in the face to the audience. That was a "we never really cared what you thought or wanted, we had a plan and we stuck to it." THAT'S what makes me angry about the finale.
Here's my problem with this episode - they're painting Neal out to be a hero, who made this big sacrifice to save the town. But it wasn't even remotely a sacrifice. Neal made a selfish move while WILLFULLY disregarding any potential consequences. He went to resurrect his father so that he could be reunited with his family, without even considering for one minute what that would mean for everyone else. Even when Belle warned him that he was being deceived and that the consequences might be dire, he brushed her off saying "I'm sure my dad will come up with something." I mean, Neal was the cause of the curse; Zelena used him like floss. I'm not saying I don't feel for the guy - anyone would want to be with their family. But Neal's death wasn't a heroic sacrifice. It was the consequence of a stupid move that cost Henry his father and Rumpel his son. If anything, the sacrifice was made by Rumple, yet AGAIN. He gave up the dagger that controls him to save Neal's life, to have Neal live inside him. He gave up his sanity for like a YEAR to keep Neal alive. Neal was a good man, no question, but his death was far from heroic or sacrificial.
Great review, as usual. I did love the shout outs to the books, though (spoiler alert). Hannibal - who is incarcerated much as Will is now - sends the serial killer in the novel out to kill Will Graham. Will Graham lives right by the water in Florida Keys at the time, and that's where he's attacked. This episode gives us a beautiful mirror image - Will Graham sends a killer to kill Hannibal Lecter, who is swimming in a pool. Love it.
Tommy Merlyn on Arrow. I know it was last year, but it still stings.
I didn't enjoy this episode as much as everyone else. Mostly because of one pet peeve that I have: "deep" conversations in the middle of an action crisis. Laurel and Sara were slowly sharing their feelings over a bottle while there was a room full of hostages at gunpoint - really? NOW?! It happens all the time in TV, movies and it drives me crazy every time. The best thing about this episode was Thea. She was amazing. And the last 30 seconds to me were more exciting and nerve-wracking than the entire episode. I feel awful about the fall-out that's gonna happen when Thea finds out that Oliver has more secrets than anyone. Poor Thea.
Chuck and Sarah on Chuck. Those two were one of the best couples I had ever seen on TV.
Thanks for the info - but I'm gonna avoid watching it till the episode LOL! I like seeing those things happen in "real time" and in context - it makes the episode richer for me. Sounds like we'll all have a lot to talk about next time, though! :)
Awesome, awesome review. I'm glad I'm not the only one who was cussing at my screen when Beverly broke into Hannibal's house. WHAT was she thinking? However, as cliche as that was...man, was it ever well executed. I LOVED that final scene of Hannibal switching off the light...that was scarier to me than any other time I've seen that trope done. I wonder if Beverly is actually dead though - Beverly Katz is a character in the novels, and is alive and well in Red Dragon, so it would depend on how far out of canon Bryan Fuller is willing to go. As for Will Graham - I don't know if I agree that he wouldn't admit to his manipulation. Will knows exactly what he's doing. He knows the only way to catch Hannibal is to fight as dirty as Hannibal does, and he's willfully and pointedly manipulating everyone he needs to get to that end. He played Chilton's vanity like a violin. Funny how Hannibal's butcher shop is right underneath his dining table...
Honestly, for all of Cyril's high-horse stances, wasn't he completely and utterly useless these past couple episodes in the field? LOL - I was happy at the return of "suppressing fire"!!
Thanks, Amy Lynn! I'm really pleased about the pacing of the Jake/Amy pairing. It feels natural and not forced either way. I'm sad that the season finale is so soon, but at least we have next season to look forward to!
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