I'm fine with the show deviating from the books, especially when there isn't enough source material. The problem is that whatever it is becoming, it's not something that excites me as much as it used to. Season 4 was already not so great, but 5 has been either boring or just unnecessarily offending, including all these horrible scenes that add nothing to the story - and actually betray the essence of characters and the arcs they were going through.
So, I really don't know if I'll continue watching it. I'll finish season five, because every other show is on hiatus, but after that, I really don't know. It's likely I'll continue watching if TWOW continues to be a distant dream, but it's not something I look forward to anymore, so I'l probably watch the episodes days or weeks after they air.
On the bright side, the show has been so terrible lately, a trend that is sure to continue, that seeing this disaster will actually make us appreciate the final books more when we finally read them.
I have to say, this season doesn't make me look forward to the next one that much. Sure, it would be fun to have Canning become more of a constant presence, but the way characters who are not Alicia have been forgotten most of the time I'm not sure I actually want to become more invested in him.
And then there's the fiasco of that last Kalinda/Alicia scene in years...
But Alicia opening that door was a nice parallel to the end of season... 4, wasn't it?
I got so mad after last episode that I couldn't even discuss it sooner. First of all, because they've gone beyond the limit of all soap-opera cliches and just condensed them in one contrived mess - crazy, vindictive sister who comes back from the dead, pretends to be someone else and in this case literally steals her sister's boyfriend wasn't enough, she also had to rape him and get pregnant with his child (or claim to be so - really hoping it's a lie, because I don't know how they can carry this storyline for long). It's just disgusting. Second, I'm mad because it's like Regina has to be continually tested in her commitment to be good beyond all rationality (since every time she's good something terrible happens to her and the people she loves, why should she insist on trying? That's the question the show fails to answer), whereas other characters easily get their happy endings after doing some other terrible things and not even trying to atone for them. I know Lana Parrilla is their best actress and the emotional center of this show, but if they insist on putting one character through hell while everyone else just has to deal with minor problems, the whole thing stops making any sense. Finally, I got mad because now I just want Zelena to go back to the land of the dead and never return again! Honestly, there's simply no way she can be redeemed after this, unless she sacrifices herself against the next baddie of the week.
Anyway, the rest of the episode was okay. Adult Lily and Emma don't have the same chemistry as their teenage versions, but I'm still hoping Lily might stay on the show and become Emma's TL, even though I know that will never happen. It was nice to see Regina be the one to stop Emma from going too far - character growth, everyone. But JMo still can't convince me as dark Emma - I tend to think she's very competent at action sequences and humor, but drama and romance are areas that reveal her acting limits.
There's something seriously wrong with the Apprentice. I mean, what kind of person would ever approach a very troubled teenager and tell her that everything bad that happened in her life is someone else's fault, that she's not actually guilty of anything, that fate is just screwing with her? In what world does that have a good outcome? Also, their talk in the bus - very creepy scene.
But this whole episode was so messed up that in the most dramatic moment of it (the reveals at Neal's apartment - and how absurd is it that his murderer has been living there for nine weeks?) I couldn't help but laugh at Lily's and Emma's faces, watching everything like it was a live soap-opera or something. Really, rewatch that scene and pay attention to their faces instead - hilarious!
What worries me with where things are going is that we'll end up seeing even less of the other characters on the show than this season. But other than that, I agree it was a good episode.
One thing I don't understand, though: it was Kalinda's last episode, and not even then could she share some actual screentime with Alicia? LIke, wtf? That hasn't happened since, what, season 3 or 4? (I do want to know what she wrote, even though I doubt it's that relevant)
I'm more inclined to believe Regina made her forget because the whole experience was kind of traumatizing and she didn't deserve to be stuck with those memories, whether or not they agreed on everything that would happen (and, as I've said, I strongly believe they did, otherwise why show Belle asking her how she could help in the previous scene?). But I think Regina was in control the whole time; Belle didn't have her heart at the moment, so there's no way she would fall for Rumple's story like she usually does. Remember, the only character who has been shown to be able to feel deeply while without her heart is Regina.
Anyway, I'd like to share a couple things with you all:
First, this amazing
(I love these things!).
And this interesting speculation about what the ink did to Cruella and also a way to understand the Author's interference.
This episode... OMG, it's so good to finally have a villain that we're not told to sympathize with! Though, to be fair, that only makes her even more fascinating than most of the others. And I do love Victoria Smurfit's ability to look absolutely insane, with or without the wig. But the explanation of how she ended up with that hair was one of the most ridiculous things this show has ever done.
Was it just me, or was anyone else expecting this episode to show how the Author ruined Cruella's life in the past and that's why she became a psycho? What we got was so much better! And her reaction to her theme song was the best!
I'm kind of disappointed that the Queens of Darkness are going away this soon. I mean, Frozen proved beyond any doubts that the core cast should always be the focus, not the shiny special guests, but the QoD were so fabulous, and had all that potential, yet they barely got any screentime at all, all things considered. *sigh* I hope Maleficent somehow sticks around, and that maybe Cruella and Ursula might return someday in flashbacks about the Evil Queen or something of the kind.
As to how Cruella was killed off... Like most people, I expected Regina to kill her, which would in turn put her in some good vs bad dilemma, tempt her back to the dark side or whatever (since she hasn't killed anyone since Graham - unless we count some of Zelena's flying monkeys, which the characters love pretending were never actually people), or, well, anything that would focus on Regina. Instead we get another Emma-centered story and OUAT's poor attempts at philosophizing over nature vs nurture, free will, and the likes, with this Savior nonsense. If only JMo managed to be convincing as Dark Emma, and not looking like a drug addict trying to hard, it might be easier to stand, but after 4A, the overexposure of Emma, and the fact that this character isn't Emma Swan at all, that's getting kind of hard to accept. But then, I watch this how for Lana Parrilla, so as long as she's around, I'll keep watching it.
I never thought I'd say this, but I wish Snow had some more screentime this season. It feels like she's barely been there at all, other than to try and curse a baby-dragon, that is.
And then there's Rumple. Okay, I guess the heart turning to charcoal or whatever that is thing kind of explains how randomly evil his actions have been lately - but they can't be used to excuse it. Maybe that's also happening because of the whole bringing him back from the dead thing, maybe that takes its toll on an already battered heart? Anyway, it's only getting harder to imagine how Rumple can be kept around or redeemed. Because right now the only way that happens is if the Author rewrites his story, but why would he do that? What has Rumple done other than try and corrupt every desperate woman within reach, and be a manipulative bastard to anyone who crosses his way? He doesn't deserve redemption, or even forgiveness, and I'm so happy that the two women he's wronged the most, Regina and Belle, are finally acknowledging it and teaming up against him.
Unless they're relying on a lot of red herrings, it seems pretty clear what will happen to Kalinda now. And Alicia... well, what happened to her was just plain disgusting, though somewhat unsurprising. We're probably getting a very angry Alicia next season; I'm all for it!
I knew the Will subject would come up; nothing would justify the narrative ignoring it in this arc.
Okay, the one from two weeks ago first: I think it's great that they're showing us how Snow and her prince aren't as heroic as they seem, but what they did to Maleficent... honestly, I think that's a lot worse than most of the things done by the villains, because not only did they essentially doom a child's soul or whatever, but they justified it by saying it wouldn't be human?! Wtf? Add to that Kristin Bauer's ability to bring tears to our eyes, and I think it's pretty unavoidable for everyone to root for her, not the heroes, at this point. Kudos for Cruella and Ursula for trying to protect her baby, too adorable. And, of course, the identity of Mal's child is no surprise, but nice to see it confirmed anyway.
As for the Author, I'm divided; I don't know if I love it or hate it that he's just some random asshole who has nothing to do with the characters we know.
Okay, last night's episode. I wanted to like it, I really did, because the OUAT fandom has been throwing so much hate Sean Maguire's way recently and all that, but the episode itself was kid of dull, particularly the flashbacks. Another miracle performed by this show, making the love story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian so boring; part of it from the writing, the other part from the lack of chemistry between the actors. And then there's the big reveal.
I like to think she could only possess Snow because of the connection they probably share. I mean, of the people still in her life, Snow is the one she has known for the longest time, and, for better or worse, she was her mother for a few years, and she continues to act on a motherly role very frequently.
I was frustrated when Prady didn't agree to work with Alicia - think of all the cool polite disagreements scenes we might have had! But also relieved; he deserves better. I hope he'll still show up once in a while, though.
Okay, best thing this episode was Alicia and Finn playing Halo, and Diane completely out of her comfort zone (but still fabulous, somehow) hanging out with Republicans. But what was the deal with the episode aired one year after "Dramatics, Your Honor" showing everyone suddenly loving guns?
Yay to Elfman not sticking around. No yays for Finn's new girlfriend. And Peter still sucks, but at least he works as an excuse for delightful Eli scenes.
I'm as confused as the rest of you about Bishop and Kalinda. I still don't see her surviving the season, though.