Solid mid-season finale. I especially liked how an overconfident Rumple had his *ss handed to him by Belle, and Regina's willingness to do the right thing was rewarded with friendship & love. My goodness, Henry is growing up! He looks more mature with each passing episode. I have no idea who they have in mind for an author/sorcerer who is more powerful than Rumple. But, hopefully they can fulfill heightened expectations the longer this mystery continues. The one element that is disappointing is Will Scarlett's role. Why was he even brought on if he's just going to be wallpaper?
Well, I'm a female. I don't like "shipping" characters without a good reason. And, I don't want Skye & Ward together because he's a murderous creep. He can go right ahead & sacrifice everything for her. She deserves it after what HYDRA did to her family. And after what Ward helped HYDRA do to SHIELD, he can grovel at Coulson & Company's feet for all I care. He. Will. Never. Redeem. Himself. That doesn't, however, mean he isn't good to look at while playing an obsessive SHIELD wannabee. In fact, that's really the ultimate punishment for him - to never again be a trusted "good guy" like he was for that brief, shining moment. To be on the outside looking in, never trusted, always doubted & scorned - it's the perfect purgatory for someone who had it all & threw it away for HYDRA, an organization he really didn't care about. What a waste!
Liked the episode. But, was confused over Ingrid's sudden, "Oh, my sister DID love me!" conversion. When she touched the letter & remembered their childhood, it was like the audience was being told she had forgotten all of that when the trolls cast their amnesia spell on kingdom. But, since she clearly remembered that she had sisters, I didn't think the spell affected her memory. Did the troll spell really affect her that way? It's the only way I will accept her change of heart, which was just too quick & complete IMO for her self-sacrifice. After pursuing Emma & Elsa with dogged determination for decades & for most of the episode, it such a whiplash change that troll magic would explain a lot of the pain she caused.
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