This episode was truly satisfying. Seeing Tess make that shift to support Cat after taking in everything was great to see. I was sorry to see Evan killed but I was glad that he found out what was really going on. The scenes between him and Vincent on the subway were great because here you have the two men who know and love Catherine doing what they felt needed to be done to protect her. I like that Vincent never got drawn into Evans misguided perception of him and stayed on point with telling him what Muirfield's true intentions were. I have had my issues with the show but I am so impressed with how this show has developed.
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The writers waiting until now to show us Tess' apartment and the pics she had of her and Cat came too late. That kind of bond needed to be shown at the start of the season. The writers took more time to flesh out J.T. and Vincent's bond where I actually like J.T.'s character. He has a gruff persona too but we have seen from the start that he really cares about Vincent.
This episode fell short to me because I had always felt that Tess' character is underwritten. I have never liked the character because she is so one-dimensional. All she does is make snarky comments and rolls her eyes at everything. What is up with that?
I was angry with Tess in the scenes between she and Cat when I should have been understanding where she was coming from. The writers failed to show early on the emotional connection between Cat and Tess; the friendship. I am automatically on Cat's side because her character's story is more developed. As a result what Cat has been doing where Vincent is concerned resonates; with Tess, I feel nothing. After she called Joe to say they had the wrong guy and then ended up in a life-threatening situation I didn't care. I hoped she ended up dying so that Vincent and Cat were safe. So it is really unfortunate that Tess just looks like a bad friend and bitch.
The writers waiting until now to show us Tess' apartment and the pics of she and Cat she had came too late. That kind of bond needed to be shown at the start of the season. The writers took more time to flesh out J.T. and Vincent's bond where I actually like J.T.'s character. He has a gruff persona too but we have seen from the start that he really cares about Vincent.
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@Ben: Thanks for that link. That did provide a lot of information that helped to clear up a lot of my questions for this episode.
I have watched OUAT from the start and I love the concept of making fairytale characters real as well as bringing them into the real world. But I have to say that I became a bit frustrated with the introduction of new characters like Captain Hook, Mulan, and Princess Aurora with the start of the new season.
Particularly when the storyline with Mary Margaret suspected of killing David's "wife" Kathryn (a/k/a Abigail/King Midas' daughter) was dropped after she was found alive. Did she reunite with her true love Frederick? There has been no mention of that. I wish they would stay within the initial group of characters and how their stories interconnect because it gets really confusing after awhile.
I must say that learning that magic had found its way into the real world before the curse was lifted is really intriguing. I am interested in finding out what occurred that allowed its entry and if Rumpelstiltskin or even Cora had something to do with that.
@Ben: Thanks for that link. That did provide a lot of information that helped to clear up a lot of my questions.
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And even Gold did not want Cora coming to Storybrooke in an earlier episode. Now unless Mary Margaret/Snow enjoyed the little piece of power she dabbled with (as Regina did when she banished her mother to some other dimension) that is the only way she can go dark in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Can't believe there is only one comment here. I'm very late with this but I love this show. What puzzled me about this episode is the concept that Mary Margaret/Snow is going dark. I feel it goes against who she is.
She isn't like Regina and Mr. Gold. She has experienced real love, they haven't. She had the love of her mother and father. She found "true" love with Charming. She isn't a selfish, self-serving monster. She has been solid in her convictions for doing what is right. The only reason she made the choice she did was to protect her family.
Regina and Cora can not be reasoned with and I was glad that Snow woke up to that. They will stop at nothing to get what they want. They have no conscience. If she had not done what she did not only would she and her family had suffered but Storybrooke as a whole. It was simply a matter of having to choose between the lesser of two evils; Gold or Cora. And even Gold did not want Cora coming to Storybrooke in an earlier episode.
Now unless Mary Margaret/Snow enjoyed the little piece of power she dabbled with (as Regina did when she banished her mother to some other dimension) that is the only way she can go dark in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Like the original series with Linda Hamilton this show is about the developing relationship between Catherine and Vincent. The sacrifices they make for the other. The support they give to one another. Their strong connection to each other. It is a story about true love and the complications that can come with it. Too bad about the ratings.
This show is a mixture of genres so it is a bit uneven at times. Still I love the show. This is an ambitious first season particularly with how all of the main characters are linked to Vincent as Cat is. Now that the two have done the deed I do wonder where the writers will go from here. So much has happened; Cat, Vincent and J.T.â€™s backs are against the wall. All the relationships seem poised to fall apart so it will be interesting to see how they pull off a second season. I look forward it.
The only problem I have with this episode--well actually it is some characterizations since the show's start--is how Heather is portrayed and Tess' sudden relationship with Joe.
I really enjoy the show. I have watched it from the beginning but neither Tess nor Heather are fleshed out well. In this episode Heather came across as the typical, one-note annoying younger sister and that is so unfortunate.
If more development was given to the character since her introduction to the show, the way she behaved in this episode would have more resonance (with me anyway). She was completely over the top and there was no motivation tied to her reaction. Going to Tess to get a background check???
Because there isn't enough development of Cat's personal relationship with Tess as well as Heather the "interrogation scene" and every scene with Heather did not have the advantage, IMO, of tension that had built up to this point. These scenes just made Heather and Tess look snarky and bitchy instead of a loving friend and sister.
I get that Tess/Heather were concerned and that they do care about Catherine but more time is given to Cat/Vincent â€˜s relationship (which of course should be the case) and that makes their interactions resonate more.
Cat even said to Vincent in this episode that the other two important relationships in her life were with Tess and Heather. In the last four months it would have been nice to see just how important those relationships are to Cat in other ways aside from lying to them to protect them. And then there is the issue of Tessâ€™ relationship with Joe that the writers just tossed in out of nowhere. There has never been any indication that there was the least bit of attraction between the two.
I love the romance of this show. I love the chemistry between Vincent/Cat and I do enjoy the twists and turns of Cat/Vincentâ€™s storyline but I wish the writers did not treat Catâ€™s other â€œimportantâ€ relationships as accessories or props.
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