Joyeful

Fantastic review, Carissa. You hit everything that made this great. This was such an amazing episode, and everyone delivered in spades, Eddie's sacrifice was so surprising and so intense - what a way to go, man. I thought one of the most interesting things about this episode was how they gave us a beautiful look into the mind and motivation of Eobard Thawne. Everything he had done in the past two decades was to get him back home, and he found himself caring about the people he had met along the way. I was captivated by seeing what his concept of love was. He truly believed that everything he had done for Cisco and Barry in the past year had shown that he had grown to love them, and it was amazing how disconnected his logical mind was from his heart. Thank you for the reassurance that Tom Cavanaugh will still be there next season. He's still my favourite thing about this show. Dear Arrow, this is how you do a season finale.
Sincerely, everyone who watches both shows.

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Great review, Amanda! YES to EVERYTHING about Jonathan Jackson; my gosh, he was absolutely incredible. I rewound all his scenes several times. My guess is Beverly flat-lined. They may not kill her off though, because she'll be a great source of conflict next season. Can you imagine the guilt trip she's gonna run on all of them for her heroic sacrifice and near death? Gunnar and Scarlett - just get together already! Will - about time! Teddy - no one cares, sorry. Layla & Jeff - HOT mess. I don't even know what else to say about them.

Joyeful

There's really nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. On top of all of this though, the fact that RA'S AL FREAKIN' GHUL went down easier than Malcolm Merlyn in Season 1 AND Slade in Season 2 is really ridiculous. Oliver and Felicity COULD HAVE been a great couple, if they had continued writing Felicity the way they had in the first two seasons. I don't even recognize this mess of a character now.

Joyeful

"Didn't Ferris Air shut down?
Yeah, one of their test pilots disappeared."
HAL JOOOOORDAAAAAAAN!!!!! With all the Ferris Air hints they've been dropping recently, I sincerely hope Hal Jordan makes an appearance next season! Maybe they're building up to a Green Lantern series? Honestly, when Captain Cold walked into STAR Labs, I could not stop laughing.

Joyeful

This Juliette story reminds me of this quote from Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Zuko was talking about his insane sister: Zuko: I know what you're going to say. She's my sister, and I should be trying to get along with her.
Iroh: No, she's crazy, and she needs to go down. There is no redemption for Juliette at this point. She almost killed Monroe. She stood there and listened as the royal thugs killed Nick's mother. That whole "Thank God" think when she saw the kid alive does not make up for anything, I don't care if she has a complete change of heart. NOTHING Adalind did was this bad. Juliette is crazy, and she needs to go down.

Joyeful

This is exactly why I've made it a general rule not to watch promos. They're either deliberately misleading or they give away WAY too much!

Joyeful

Somebody give Charles Esten an Emmy already. The scene where he walked in on Rayna crying, and the look on his face when she said "Why did you have to get sick?" - I must have rewound that 15 times. Incredible. My theory is that Beverly showed up now because the news about Deacon has gone public - hell, she's probably the one who leaked it. She shows up, saves the country music hero's life and restores his life with the country music queen, then gets a ton of publicity as the selfless sister who sacrificed for her brother. Probably get a record deal out of it. Then will try to guilt Deacon into leaving Rayna to be her musical partner because he owes her his life. Because Beverley is THE WORST. I like Gunnar and Scarlett, but this story between them is taking too long and they're both acting like idiots. Just get back together already. I was so hoping Teddy was just gonna go to jail and we'd never hear about him again. Boring.

Joyeful

Hmmmm....valid point.
Also, it's nice to see that respectful disagreements can occur on these here internets :-)

Joyeful

That's a good observation about the Inhumans-human relationship being analogous to racial tensions. I certainly think that's where they were going with Gonzales' attitude. That said, I don't think Mack's behaviour applies, because Mack's motivation is different. Mack believes that people under alien influence are dangerous not because of blind bigotry or just because they're different, but because of his own experience being under alien influence. He knows that when he experienced that, he was volatile, dangerous, out of control and could not be trusted. It's not unreasonable for him to believe that others would be affected the same way he was.

Joyeful

This episode was weird. I'm not sure why Jiaying killed Gonzalez; he's a jerk but at that moment he wasn't being a jerk. It's one thing to not trust SHIELD, btu Jiaying willfully started a war. I didn't see that coming at all and the WTF-she-shot-herself completely threw me. Also don't know how on earth Mockingbird didn't know she was with the wrong May, since the right May was flying the SHIELD crew. And what's Ward's agenda? I've been waiting all season to see Mr Hyde come out - hopefully that's next week. I know the Avengers think Coulson is dead, but given that he's now the director of SHIELD, and SO MANY people know he's alive, how has JARVIS or Tony not picked up on that yet?