Just wanted to point out that THE X-FILES did a similar, very meta spoof on their show. The highlight was when Scully supposedly shows her acting counterpart how to run in 3-inch heels. The sight of Gillian Anderson running back & forth in the background is one of the funniest things seen - largely because she's so GOOD at it.
I wrote last week that Raina's story seems to be the Girl Who Cried Wolf. My heart goes out to her now because, in retrospect, viewers can see she is telling the truth & attempting to help. But, her pre-Inhuman self was so untrustworthy that it still bleeds over into her existence in Afterlife. Yes, it does suck to be Raina. For all her "power," she's still completely dependant on others to keep her safe...unless she learns how to shoot those quills at her enemies, they are a pointless distraction. ;-)
This the first time I've ever considered May to be a hypocrite. The entire first season, she was spying on Coulson for Fury; taking Fury's orders behind everyone's back. Now, when she's on the receiving end, and it's Coulson who gets to play teacher's pet, she has a chip on her shoulder. Turn about is fair play, honey. And, like other people have written, until Coulson brought her back, she was a pencil pusher. She should be grateful anyone thinks about her at all because I didn't see Gonzales or Morse asking her to be part of their team.
I can only hope that the author or Rumple write out Zelena because they are as tired of her as we are. Then, Regina won't be responsible and the rest of us can be rid of her. Why on earth is she back? Couldn't have Marian just have taken a header in the subway without this season getting all mucked up w/Zelena?
Don't understand the "soap opera" comments. OUAT has ALWAYS been a soap opera. "Soap opera" as a term refers to the traditional stage operas from Europe, where many operas themselves were inspired by....yup, folk tales, fairytales & mythology. You have wicked stepmoms trying to off their stepchildren, strangers falling in love at a glance, redemption, betrayal, weird pregnancies, coming back from the dead, curses, magic....if you didn't know you were watching a soap opera before, you weren't paying enough attention IMO.
SIDE NOTE TO TV FANATIC: This website is quickly becoming unusable. Quit with all the ads, sidebars, pop-ups, & whatever is causing it to move so friggin' slow. I have high-speed internet service & wi-fi and it gets progressively slower every time I visit. If you want people to actually visit, clean it up or no one will.
Oh, I LOVED this episode! Marvel is really spoiling its fans (in the best definition) when it links its tv episodes to the movie franchise because nothing is better than a tv-MOVIE crossover IMO. You can have all the NCIS, CSI, Chicago-whatever double/triple crossovers you want. Nothing beats a Marvel-to-Marvel multimedia crossover...except perhaps a BIG BANG THEORY/THE FLASH/ARROW crossover. I digress. Skye's fight sequence - HOLY S&*^! Did she just turn into Black Widow? OutMay May? Or did that Terrigan Mist up her game to the Inhuman level? Girl doesn't need her vibration powers if she's going to do combat like that. Side note: She really didn't need her powers to shock Lincoln back to life either. Simple CPR, honey. Chest compressions + breath. Try it next time. Bobbie & Gonzales expressions when Coulson drops his spoiler alert - booyah! Why wasn't Mack there to get gobsmacked also? BTW, I don't believe Hunter forgives him at all. He's just biding his time. In fact, I won't be surprised if Gonzales & Company are all demoted to desk jobs by the season finale. Ward - Henry Otero, don't tell me you fell for his Prince Charming act? OMG - do you have to be a woman to see right thru this? He left Agent FakeFace w/SHIELD as a plant. Ward helped *gut* SHIELD from within. Do you need to watch WINTER SOLDIER again to see the depths of his betrayal, and the damage he & HYDRA inflicted? He is NOT a changed man. He slaughtered his family for no reason. While the show may need him, like FRINGE needed Walternate, or THE X-FILES needed the Cigarette-Smoking Man, Coulson's SHIELD team definitely does not. The next time Skye pulls out her warrior skills, I hope Ward is on the receiving end.
With Raina, it's a situation like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. When she finally gets around to telling the truth and trying to help Lincoln, her only real friend, no one believes her because of the 2 years' worth of deception that she did to play SHIELD against HYDRA. The audience actually saw her vision at the beginning of the episode. It was fast. But, if you rewind it (which I did), you knew that Raina was telling the truth.
Worf from STAR TREK: TNG? You're kidding. He's like a Wookie - a walking teddy bear who can rip your arms off. I'd be totally relaxed in his presence.
Other than the original mystery that started CASTLE - the murder of Beckett's mother - I've never thought long conspiracy story arcs are it's strength. CASTLE is best as a procedural, with a little romance sprinkled in here & there. It's light & fluffy, & dependably fun; like HART TO HART. It shouldn't try to be something it's not. Leave the long-range, cloak & dagger stuff to comics-inspired series (AGENTS OF SHIELD, ARROW, THE FLASH), fantasy shows (GRIMM) or weird twisty spy/adventure series (THE BLACKLIST, DIG, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER).
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