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Once Upon a Time: Kansas
Knowing full well going in that a two-hour finale remained, I was fully expecting the other shoe to drop as soon as things started to go well in the fight against Zelena (not unlike how Pan's seeming defeat two episodes before the mid-winter break presaged the reveal that he switched places with Henry). The only problem was whatever it is that happened was way too unclear to be much of a cliffhanger. Was that Zelena? Her magic, operating on its own? Was her death part of the spell, something that wouldn't be triggered until she was "killed"? Bottom line: you want your cliffhangers to make the audience go "whoa!", not "huh?"
Emma's magic being gone even after Zelena's defeat is stupid. It had already been established that whatever spells she cast were undone should she die/lose her power (which is a kind of stupid on it's own, but hey, if you're going to establish a rule, no matter how dumb, you'd best follow it).
Nice how this episode everyone was concerned about not hurting the flying monkeys while last episode they attacked them with impunity.
I'm fine with the idea that Zelena is more powerful than Regina, but it would be nice if Regina could at least put up a fight instead of just getting pushed over every time they face off.
The whole "Emma sacrifices her magic to save Hook" was just dumb. Storming off after Zelena with no real plan was dumb, and then, I dunno, revive him with magic instead of mouth-to-mouth?
Agents of SHIELD: Ragtag
The flashbacks to Ward and Garrett's past together was a lot of fun, but part of me wonders if it would have been even more effective coming earlier in the season, before we knew about Ward's heel turn (obviously, while omitting the direct references to Hydra)? At the time, it would have just been seen as a glimpse into Ward's training and his loyalty to Garrett. Then, after the Hydra reveal, we'd see it all in a brand new light. Or would focusing that much on Ward have been too much of a giveaway?
All of the old 60s era Howling Commandoes spy stuff was tons of fun.
Good on Fitz for triggering that localized EMP around Garrett. Total "f#%k yeah!" moment.
So did Ward kill the dog, or not? Maybe I just looked away from the screen at the wrong moment, but it seemed like he didn't, yet others are talking like he did. I took his inability to kill the dog to be a (rather obvious) bit of foreshadowing for how dumping Fitz and Simmons into the ocean won't actually kill them, but still make it look like he did kill them to satisfy Garrett.
Though if he did, indeed, "save" Fitz and Simmons, I really, really hope it's not the start of an ill-advised redemptive arc for him.
We learn that Skye's parents were "monsters" that tore through the Hunan province looking for her. This one really hopes they're not setting her up to be Mantis (granted, Hunan is China, not Vietnam, but still).
Other Shows I Watched
The Simpsons "Pay Pal", "Yellow Badge of Cowardge", Bob's Burgers "Wharf Horse (Or How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town—Part I)", "World Wharf II: The Wharfening (Or How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town—Part II)" Family Guy "He's Bla-ack!", American Dad "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance", "The Longest Distance Relationship", Veep " Fishing", The Goldbergs "The Age of Darkness", Modern Family "The Wedding (Part One)", Glee "Tested"