He kicked it up a notch: Goon Reviews Flash “Power Outage”

Staring contest, GO!

Staring contest, GO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahh, nothing like a cosplay party to get the odd looks from the taxi drivers.  Good times.

The episode opens 10 months in the past, where we see a young man climbing an electric tower the night of the explosion.  While trying to climb down he got caught in the blast and fell, his two friends rushing to help him.  Jumping to the present, we join Wells in his secret future room, reviewing his stalker logs of Barry.  He seems to believe that Barry’s attachment to people, and being a hero is holding him back.  We jump to Barry doing various super speed stuff before arriving at S.T.A.R. Labs, late as usual.  Wells tells Barry that he needs to start going faster, to push his limits beyond the current.  Before we can get what I can only assume would be an 80’s style training montage, Barry gets a call about a dead body and rushes off to work.  The body is found electrocuted to death, the odd thing, no power lines or sources of electricity near the body. (obviously Static Shock has become a villain, tis a dark day)  While trying to figure who done it, the bad guy alarm goes off at a nearby power plant and Barry rushes out to do his hero thing.  He confronts the baddie and gets zapped for his trouble, the baddie saying that he needs to feed.  Turns out that the zap not only gave Barry a shock, but drained his powers.   Wells and the others are shocked by this, Barry’s powers coming from his altered DNA and therefore being impossible to be drained, but it happened.  At the same time, a prisoner transfer is going down at the police station, those of you who also watched Arrow will recognize the prisoner as none other than Williams Tockman, aka, The Clock King.  The shit hits the fan when Farooq, the zappy guy, shows up at S.T.A.R., intending to kill Wells, blaming him for the death of his friends, the two being shocked to death trying to revive him with CPR on explosion night.  Farooq rips into the power lines and drains the power of the entire city, trapping Barry inside the labs while across town Clock King grabs a gun and holds the few people in the police station hostage, Iris and Joe included.  Cisco figures that Barry’s powers are just drained and not permanently gone, all they need is a powerful enough shock to juice them up.  While they go about this, Wells says that he is going to try and buy them time, he does this by releasing Tony, the bad guy from last week, telling him that if he kills Farooq he can go free.  After a heart to heart between Barry and Caitlin, in which Barry must give a motivational speech to convince Caitlin to zap him, she does it.  Sadly it doesn’t work.  The two attempt to escape the lab only to come across a badly injured Tony, who tells them to run just before he dies.  The two meet up with Cisco and Wells, where Barry blows up at Wells over Tony, accusing him of not caring about human life, and that no matter Tony did or was, he did not deserve to die.  the-flash-s1-ep7-power-outage-still-image-01
Across town, the Clock King has given his demands, and has shot Eddie, who is now bleeding to death.  When his demands are met, CK grabs Iris as his hostage and drags her away, she gets a moment to say goodbye to Eddie, who whispers to her about his back up gun in his ankle holster.  She sneaks it out and when she is alone with CK pulls the gun.  We got back to Joe, seeing his reaction as a gunshot is heard through the building.  Back to S.T.A.R. Labs, we see Barry and friends trying to escape the building, but are stopped by Farooq as he drains the power from their van.  Barry gets another zap, Caitlin rushing to his side.  In a truly noble scene, Wells offers himself up to save the others.  At the same time, Barry starts to show signs that his powers are returning, all that is stopping him is a mental block, which he overcomes as he sees Farooq about to zap Wells.  He saves him, and stops captain zappy when he tries to drain Barry’s powers again, turns out that Barry has now fully accepted his powers on a mental level, bringing them to new heights and essentially chocking Farooq on them (Caitlin’s words, not mine)  With the baddie down for the count, Barry pays a visit to a stoned Eddie in the hospital, and appears to Iris in costume, apologizing for not being there to help, Iris forgives him, saying that sometimes people need to be there own hero.  Barry and Wells have a heart to heart, Barry apologizing (wow he is doing that a lot) for his earlier harsh words, Wells says that Barry wasn’t far off, but accepts the apology and the two kick up Barry’s training.  We close out with Wells taking a blood sample from the dead Farooq, interested in how he drained Barry’s powers.

After lasts weeks episode, where hit new levels of speed and awesomeness with his Mach Punch, we see the opposite, a totally powerless Barry.  I will be honest, this wasn’t as great as I had hoped it would be.  I was expecting a powerless Barry having to rely on his smarts and wits to stop the baddie, with help from Cisco and Caitlin of course, but sadly that didn’t happen.  Instead, we got a heartbroken Barry.  In a lot of cases, the loss of powers would cause a hero to question their worth as a hero, but I am happy to note that that was not the case here.  This entire experience only reaffirmed Barry’s commitment to being a hero, even quoting Oliver’s words of wisdom in the pilot, about him being chosen by the lightning.  Seeing him say this to Caitlin, helping to reaffirm her faith in him as well, was a nice touch, and did help to show how much Oliver’s faith in him matters to Barry.  Gustin was just flat out fantastic in this episode, and in most episodes to be honest.  His refusal to give up, his desire to truly be a hero and protect others, his rage at Wells over his presumed lack of caring in others, all perfectly played, and a fantastic representation of the character of Flash.

The death of Tony was a surprise, but in only the best way.  When you have a villain that knows the hero’s identity, there are a slew of options for them.  I was honestly expecting him to break out later down the line, using his knowledge of Flash’s identity against him or possibly a redemption story, instead, we got him back the very next week in an almost heroic death.  Sure,  he planned on killing Farooq for his freedom,  preventing him from ever being a full on hero, but his final words, telling Barry and Caitlin to run, says so much about his character.  He was never a full on villain, just an average guy, bit of a jackass sure, but not evil.  His death was honestly a sad moment for the episode, and the series as whole so far, and very unexpected.  It made me feel things guys, and that freaks me out, a lot.

Farooq himself was another interesting villain.  Like Tony he was just a guy that got powers, powers that did something horrible to his friends and basically gave him an incurable sickness.  He didn’t have some horrible plot to wreak havoc, his first kill most likely being an accident, and not even trying to take Barry’s powers.  To his mind, Wells was a villain that needed to be punished, and he was the only one willing to do so.  That is two weeks in a row that we have gotten villains that aren’t full on bad guys, I hope we continue to see more interesting villains like this in the future, they are nice break from the traditional baddie.

RAWR!!!

RAWR!!!

Sadly, Cisco didn’t do much this week, kinda falling to the wayside, popping up to provide the tech bits needed to help Barry but that’s it.  However, we had some truly amazing Caitlin and Barry moments.  While I doubt it will happen, I totally ship those two together.  These moments were nice and really helped to build the relationship between the characters, which is always an important thing to do in  order to help flesh out stories and characters.  Speaking of that, lets talk about Wells.

Here is what we know thus far:
– He has a connection to the future
– Is super smart
– Can totally still walk
– Has a vested interest in Barry’s future

After this week, I think I am willing to add another thing to that list.  TOTALLY A VILLAIN!  I was honestly not sure up till now.  I knew he was a far from noble character, what with the lying and killing and all, but his total willingness to throw Tony to the wolves, his interest in how Barry’s powers were drained.  Dude is totally a villain.  I am thinking he might be the Anti-Flash, who will be appearing a couple episodes down the line, but that seems a bit to obvious.  Either way, my interest in this character has grown exponentially because of this episode and can’t wait for more.

As for a subplot, it was amazing.  I really enjoyed the inclusion a second villain, one that continues to help tie Arrow and The Flash together and building up the shared universe.  I love this, ever so much.  Clock King himself was a great choice for a villain.  He was cold and calculating, had a certain charisma about him that makes him a likable villain, and was honestly a major threat.  What was best about this was Iris.  I will be honest, she has not done much to wow me so far.  While I don’t hate her or think of her as a useless character like I do with Laurel on Arrow, I was still waiting for something to be done to make her more interesting.  Her stepping up and being a hero when the situation demanded it was perfect.  I give her all the props for this, and a nod to Candice Patton for playing the part well.

Overall, great episode.  Barry was fantastic in his depowered state, had some solid moments with Caitlin.  Wells has becoming even more interesting and is shaping up to be a solid, if secret, villain. Iris actually did something, other than provide Barry with some advice or heartache, and we had some really interesting moments with the villains.

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

They look like disappointed judges on a bad season of American Idol. ...so, any season of American Idol.

They look like disappointed judges on a bad season of American Idol. …so, any season of American Idol.

Snooty and Goon pay tribute to one of their earliest reviews by braving the half-a-sequel. Can this Mockingjay still fly when half its wing is clipped? They have the answer, and they’ll share it with you in this week’s episode! But really, the answer is, “kinda?”

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What kind of tool steals a yellow Humvee: Goon Reviews Flash “The Flash is Born”

 

 

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Man, I really got to get me some super powers, they are just so neat!

Returning again to Central City we rejoin Barry Allen, aka The Flash.  When last we left him he and Iris had a falling out over her writing her Streak related blog.  Sadly, the patching up has yet to commence, and before anything can be done a new baddie makes himself known on the scene.  His name is Tony, and he can turn himself into metal (don’t worry, the Superman joke was already made)  Barry comes across just after he has stolen a car and is running from the cops.  Eddie takes some shots at him, all of them bouncing off his metal skin, before Joe tackles him out of the way of the speeding car.  Barry catches up to him, but is unable to stop him, takes a pretty massive beating instead.  He limps back to S.T.A.R. Labs and is patched up by the ever so lovely Caitlin, where Barry reveals that the baddie is none other than a grade school bully who used to torment him.  With Barry unable to do any real damage to the Tin Man, Cisco goes to work figuring out how Barry can take him down.   While Cisco is hard at work, Barry goes back to his day job, where we are treated to some surprisingly nice scenes between Barry and Eddie, some good ol’ fashioned manly bonding!  Things take a turn for the worse when Tony shows up at Iris’s place of work, he is surprisingly mellow and calm for most of the scene, showing he isn’t really evil, just not all that great.  He runs when Iris mentions her cop boyfriend, but not before smashing her phone and leaving a very generous tip. The-Flash-Preview-The-Flash-Is-Born-VIDEO When Barry learns of this, he grows enraged, concern over his friend overwriting his common sense and he goes to the iron foundry that Tony used to work at.  The two fight again, and once again Barry is pounded into the ground.  Tony leaves him for dead, but Cisco and Caitlin find him and pull him out.  Barry has a break down, feeling powerless that he couldn’t fight his bully then, and can’t fight him now.  His moping is cut short when he learns that Iris has been taken by Tony and he has to go save her.  Cisco has learned that in order to have any effect on Tony, Barry would need to hit mach 1.3, causing a sonic boom in the process. As we learn, Tony took Iris because of her blog.  He wants her to start writing about him, making him famous.  He was a guy that hit the top in highschool and after that was nothing but downhill for him, and he sees Iris and her blog as a way to get back on top.  Barry shows up to save him, this time taking his brief boxing match with Eddie to heart, fighting smart and is able to hold his own, if only for awhile.  Tony gains the upper hand and starts swatting Barry around again, when Barry remembers words of advice from Joe about running from a fight you can’t win.  He runs, 5.3 miles away, the needed distance he needs to hit mach 1.3.  With a sonic boom in his wake, Barry slams a super sonic punch into Tony’s jaw.  Tony gets hurt, but doesn’t go down until Iris lands a punch.  Tony comes too in his new cell at S.T.A.R. Labs, shocked to see that Barry was the speedster that put him down.  For a second there he looks almost ashamed of his actions as Barry lectures him, but grows enraged as Barry walks away, ignoring him.  At the close, Barry pays a visit to Iris, the two patch things up, and Iris. via her blog, officially bestows the name Flash on Barry’s superhero identity.

On a subplot, we see Joe hard at work on solving the murder of Barry’s mom.  He approaches Wells, asking if it is possible that someone with Barry’s powers could have been around back then, but Wells shoots the idea down.  Joe later accuses him, angering Wells, who reveals a bit of backstory to him about a lost love.  Joe learns he screwed up and apologizes to Wells, asking if it was at possible for another speedster to be around, but Wells still says no.  We close out with Joe working the case at home when a yellow and red streak blazes into the room, knocking him back.  The streak briefly resolves into the image of a man like we saw in the pilot, before leaving.  Left behind is a picture of Iris pinned to the wall with a knife, warning Joe off the case.

I loved this episode, honestly did.  Primarily because of the villain.  It was nice to see one that could so easily toss Barry around, it showed that while he is indeed powerful, and very competent, he can still be beaten in a fight.  Making things even better was the villain himself.  Tony wasn’t a psycho with newly gained powers trying to murder people or cause mass chaos, he was just a guy.  Sure he had some anger issues, and obviously a bit of an inferiority complex from peaking so young in life, but he was very much the type of person that anyone could be become, that you could see on the street.  Sure, he used his powers to do illegal stuff, but stealing cars and kegs hardly makes one a super villain.

This episode was not about the Flash taking down a villain, it was about Barry laying a past demon to rest, and it was played perfectly.  Barry’s scene where he breaks down, believing that he can’t defeat Tony and is still just the same powerless kid who was bullied in school was amazing.  Gustin sold that scene perfectly, and was even more amazing in his closing speech to Tony.  It was a bit surprising to see him reveal his identity, but it made sense, it was Barry finally slaying his demons.  And that is all there is to say about that.

In regards to the subplot, it was nice to see Joe finally taking some steps to solve the case, instead of it just being some vague thing in the background The-Flash-is-Born-1that is mentioned but never touched upon.  However, I feel his accusing Wells just came out of nowhere.  While we the audience totally know he is up to something, Joe’s only hunch was that Wells didn’t think there could have been another speedster so long before the particle accelerator exploding seemed to be a bit of a leap, but it does show that Joe was willing to follow any lead in order to find justice, so I can commend him for that.  Seeing Anti-Flash/Prof. Zoom show up at the end to swipe the files and scare Joe off seemed a bit premature.  As it stands, Joe wasn’t really any closer to solving the murder, I think it would have worked better to hold off on this, give us more of Joe and Barry working to solve the case before the appearance of a major baddie, that way it could be spun into a motivating factor for Barry and Joe, the both of them knowing for certain the killer is real, still out there, and needs to be caught.

Overall, I can honestly say that this was my favorite episode of the season to date.  Gustin was fantastic, the villain was interesting, we could have gotten a bit more of Caitlin and Cisco, but they were there and played their roles well.

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: Rosewater

You wish your surprise birthday parties could be this intense.

You wish your surprise birthday parties could be this intense.

Snooty and Goon step into the WABAC again, this time setting the dial for 2009. The place: Iran. The man: Jon Stewart. The stakes: the very soul of political journalism. The laughs: not infrequent.

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I would never sing Let it Go as a duet: Goon Reviews Castle “The Time of Our Lives”

STANA KATIC, NATHAN FILLION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not gonna cry, I’m not gonna cry, oh fuck it, I am bawling like a baby, that was beautiful!   CASKETT FOR THE WIN!

Alright people, after a few weeks, I am back with the Castle reviews, sorry for the absence on these, fell behind I didn’t get a chance to catch up on this season until just now.  But enough of that, lets get to the reason you are here.

So wow, was this one of those out there episodes, alternate realities and ancient magic artifacts, Alexis with black hair!  Mind = Blown.  So brief recap, we open on Castle and Beckett talking about their lives, idly wondering how things would be different if they haven’t met.  Their musings are cut short as they go off the investigate the CoW, a dead man with a stolen briefcase.  Castle finds some coal on the victim’s body which leads him and Beckett to an abandoned coal plant in town.  Their they find the stolen case.  Inside is a medallion.  The bad guys show and a fire fight ensues, a grenade is thrown, throwing Castle through a door and knocking him out.  When he wakes up, things have changed.  He returns to the station to find that Ryan and Esposito have no idea who he is and Beckett is now the captain of the precinct.  Castle’s knowledge of the case, and of the them, naturally makes the Alternate Universe versions of our favorite cops suspicion of him.  He is arrested, and then we are introduced Alternate Martha, now a success and famous actress and Alternate Alexis, now with black hair and living in Los Angeles with her mom (briefly in town of Martha’s new play opening)  Not liking this new world, Castle quickly goes about trying to get back.  Through some fast talking, and his natural charisma, he is able to get involved with the case.  This doesn’t go well, as he is unable to find the relic he needs, and almost gets arrested for it.  Luckily the magical bond of love between him and Beckett can transcend dimensions!  Or, she was just curious about Castle and decided to cut him some slack, could go either way.  Castle gets Beckett on a date, but has an alternate motive, taking her to a bar where one of MOLLY QUINN, NATHAN FILLIONthere suspects is known to frequent.  They nab him and case seems to be closed, but the baddies lawyer overhears Castle talking about the alternate universe stuff.  After a touching moment between Castle and Alternate Alexis, Castle decides that if he can’t get back home, he will make this universe home.  Setting out to win Beckett’s heart, again, he is waylaid by a guy with a gun, and taken to the mastermind behind the crime.  A real estate developer who wants the relic for himself.  Alternate Beckett shows up just in time to save Castle, and is then saved by Castle as he takes a bullet for her.  As Castle blacks out, he awakens in the real world.  We close out the episode with what he have been waiting far to long for, Castle and Beckett’s wedding.  It was a short scene, but ever so beautiful  and totally worth the wait.

So yeah, this episode really pushed the bounds of the weird for Castle.  I have said before, Castle is not afraid to venture into the weird and the wacky: vampires, zombies, time travelers, lost time, its a weirdness smorgasbord, but I don’t know about this week.  While it was certainly fun to see Castle interact with a world where everything is different this episode may have been a bit to out there.  At its core, Castle is a crime drama, sure there is humor and romance there, and always a bit of the weird, but it has always been weird within the realm of possible, this one, eh, I don’t know.  While its left vague at the end as to whether or not this other world was real or just a dream, with Castle waking up in the same place where he first blacked out, there was some subtle hints that it was in fact real, such as the shot of the glowing lights on the relic.  This could all just be something to add into the mystery and help make the episode more fun, it seemed like a bit too much.

Now, was this a bad episode?  No, no it was not.  While it pushed the weirdness bound, there was still a lot of fun.  Every bit Castle bumbling his way through this new and strange world was just pure fun to watch.  His reactions to Martha and Alexis were priceless, and learning that he is now a failed writer, were priceless.  What was best, was that even in this other world, his bond with Alexis and Martha is still as strong as ever.  While there is no some distance between him and his daughter, Alexis explaining that after his failed novel he just fell apart and couldn’t watch him do it anymore.  As I have said before, several times, one of the best parts of this show is the relationship between the two, so its nice to see that even in bizarro world the bond between the two of them is strong as ever.

As for Ryan and Esposito, they actually got a decent amount of screen time, Castle being paired up with them in bizarro world instead of Beckett, and this was nice.  Ryan was still pretty much the same as always, if slightly less happy because in this world he and Jenny never got married.  Esposito, well, he was a lot more angry than usual, hinted that this is stemming from his failed relationship with Laney and his inability to commit.  It was interesting to see them treating Castle like a stranger when in the past the three have been great friends, and have had a lot of fun bits together.

maxresdefaultThis episode was a classic example of the “be careful what you wish for” trope.  Castle states that when he was holding the relic he was wondering if he and Beckett would be better off if they had never met, short answer, they won’t be.  What was best about this episode was the end, when Castle made the decision to make bizarro world better.  It showed the amazing amount of strength that his character possess, and his unwillingness to back down, the traits that helped to bring him and Beckett together in first place.

To close out this out, the biggest thing to happen on this show, Castle and Beckett got married, finally!  I was worried that the writers were going to drag out the wedding limbo for the rest of the season, spending more time focusing on Castle and his missing months, but now.  We had some time where things were awkward but Castle decided it was time to move past that, for them to be happy.  It was a simple wedding, and was perfect, their vows were sweet, almost to the point where I got cavities, but was still fantastic.

Overall, while this episode did stretch things a bit, it was still fun, and sweet.  We finally got the wedding that we have been waiting for since season one, Castle on a fun adventure in a strange new land, and Alexis with black hair.  Seriously guys, that hair, I just, I can’t.  She looks good as a red head, she should not mess with that.

Goon out.

You were tearing through the book with your scary face on: Goon Reviews OUaT “The Snow Queen”

That's hot.

That’s hot.

Mental note, buy magic candles.

We actually got some Snow Queen backstory this week, and it wasn’t horrible!  I know, I’m as shocked as you are.  The flashbacks this week return us to the frosty land of Arendale, and we learn of the history of the Snow Queen, aka Ingrid, and her two sisters, Gerda (Elsa and Anna’s mom) and Helga.  We first see them as little girls, chasing a kite through the woods when it crashes to the ground.  The three argue over the ribbon attached to it when the owner of the kite shows up, looking like a total creeper.  Turns out, he is!  He plans to nab the trio of royal sisters and sell them, or ransom them, or turn them into money…it was kinda vague, he just said he would get a lot of money from them.  While dragging away Helga and Gerda, Ingrid’s cyromancy appears and she freezes a branch, causing it fall and kill the kidnapper.  Ingrid is pretty freaked out about her new found powers, but her sisters are quick to jump in and soothe her, using the kites ribbon as symbol of their bond and promise to help each other.  Jumping to the future, the three little girls are now all grown up, and Ingrid is pulling an Elsa, spending all her time alone and apart from others, save her two sisters.  When she slips into her father’s birthday party, she feels alienated and alone, not allowing herself to join in on the fun, and snow begins to fall around her.  She freaks out and runs, but is stopped by her sisters.  The three decide to pay a visit to good ol Rumpelstiltskin, thinking he can help.  He offers to train Ingrid in her magic, given that ice magic is a rare gift, but she wants nothing more than to be rid of it.  He trades her a pair of gloves that will suppress her power, as well as the urn that she and Elsa were trapped in, for their kite ribbons.  Things take a turn for the worst when a familiar face, the Duke of Weselton (sadly not played by Alan Tudyk) who was previously trying to woo Helga, makes a move on Ingrid and discovers her magic.  He threatens to tell the whole kingdom of her power in order to turn the people against her and get her locked up.  Ingrid attempts to ice blast him but Helga tries to stop her, inadvertently taking the blast right in the heart.  She freezes and crumbles, (apparently back in those days it took seconds to freeze instead of hours) Gerda appears on the scene and is horrified over what happened, growing enraged at Ingrid and refusing to listen her big sister.  She grabs the urn and traps Ingrid inside.  We close out with her paying a visit to Grand Pabbie and asking him to erase the memory of her two sisters from everyone within the boundaries of Arendale so as to protect the kingdom.  Pabbie agrees, but not before  warning her that magic comes with a price, one that has yet to be payed.

Honestly, there wasn’t all that much new here.  From the bits that Ingrid has revealed about her past in previous episodes, we know that she had a falling out with one or both of her sisters, there was a connection between her and Rumpel, and the concept of a loving family was one of the most, if not THE most, important thing to her.  The flashback this week merely filled in the blanks.

Was this bad?

Hell no!  While not great, it was nice seeing these blanks get filled in, especially learning about her relationship with Rumpel.  And I would be lying if I said that Elizabeth Mitchell did not turn in a fantastic performance here.  That is really all there is to say about this, nothing amazing was done with the story, it didn’t really run parallel with the modern day story.  It was simply there to fill in some holes in the story and give us a better understanding of what is motivating the Snow Queen, and it did that beautifully.

Speaking of the modern day, we open on Emma and Elsa working on some new mojo to capture the Snow Queen.  Emma can use a magic candle to trap the Queen and bind her powers.  Elsa makes an offhand comment about how Emma should feel thankful that her family isn’t afraid of her magic before training is cut short as Emma rushes off to meet Snow and pick up her baby brother for some quality sibling bonding time.  We cut to a Mommy and Me class, where there is a welcome appearance of some familiar

Baby dressed as Micky? Subtle ABC, real subtle.

Baby dressed as Micky?
Subtle ABC, real subtle.

faces, Aurora and Ashley. (Cinderella for those who don’t remember her from season 1)  There are comments made about it being hard for first time moms with baby related things.  Emma seems upset at hearing this, being reminded of being given up as a baby, but tries to brush it off, saying that she is okay with it.  She is anything but, and this evident by the bottle she is holding glowing and bubbling as her control on her magic slips.  Emma is unphased by it, but Snow is scared, backing away from her daughter when Emma reaches to take baby Neal.  Emma is hurt by this but before anything can happen she gets a call from David, they have found the Snow Queen.  Emma rushes to the scene, magic candle in hand, and is able to trap the frosty monarch.  Back at the sheriff station Emma questions the Snow Queen, but doesn’t get much out of her.  Instead, the Snow Queen starts with the mind games, and boy is she great at them.  At it turns out, the Snow Queen was not without her powers and frosts over the stations doors, locking everyone out.  The Snow Queen is quickly able to get past Emma’s defenses just enough to make her doubt her family’s love for her.  This causes her magic to go out of control and she blows a hole in the wall.   The Snow Queen makes her escape and Emma stumbles out, terrified over what is happening.  Hook, her parents, Belle, and Rumpel appear on the scene and Emma warns them to stay back, not wanting to hurt them.  David, being the awesome dad that he is, goes to help her, but her magic flares again, blowing out the lights in the area and causing a street light to fall, hurting David’s arm.  Emma tries to help her dad, but stops short as Snow yells at her, showing nothing but fear of her daughter.  Emma freaks and runs, getting in her car and disappearing.   That night, Snow is home putting Neal to bed when Hook and David come in, telling her that couldn’t find Emma anywhere.  Snow is distraught, upset at herself for being afraid of her daughter and wanting nothing more than to find her and make things right.  We close out with the Snow Queen visiting Rumpel in his shop, ready to make a deal.  She wants her ribbons back and in return she gives Rumpel what he wants, the information he needs to finish his plan of breaking free from his dagger and being able to move beyond Storybrooke, apparently our kindly old imp wants to rule the world, or something equally sinister.

We learned a very important thing this week, the Snow Queen is a damn fine villain!!  Seriously, with a just a few words she all but shatters Emma’s faith that her family loves her, causing her magic to flair out of control and drive her away from her family.  We know what the Snow Queen’s ultimate plan, she wants Emma and Elsa to be her new family, and so far, she is pulling it off.  Her time with Emma in the past is still very much unexplained, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the reveal of that is part of her plan.  Like Rumpel, she is playing the long game, moving the pieces into place through subtle manipulations and out thinking her opponents.  This episode focused on the characters and nothing else.  Instead of plot progression we got character interaction, and it was fantastic.  Emma was pushed to her limits, everything she believed about her family was attacked, and all but stripped away.

I have said this before, but I have never meant it more than I do right now.  The Snow Queen is a fantastic cleanser after the crap storm that was the Wicked Witch last season.  Ol’ mean and green just came off as a whiny, spoiled, child with a victim complex, believing that everything she deserved was denied her.  The Snow Queen on the other hand, she is seeking the one thing that everyone wants, the thing she lost  that was more important to her than anything else, a loving family.  And how is she going about doing it? Through subtly, manipulating the people around her and driving a wedge between them, leaving her the only option that they would have for a family.  Kudo’s to her, she is awesome.  Also, Elizabeth Mitchell just plays a villain so much better than Rebecca Mader, she just has this elegant presence that Mader just couldn’t pull off.

SEAN MAGUIRE, LANA PARRILLA

So, sexy times?

Of course, lets not forget to talk about the subplot, once again focusing on Regina and her search for a happy ending.  Nothing to much was done with this, but there was some solid moments here.  Henry is still hard at work in Rumpel’s shop, trying to find some answers about the book, and Robin, after being told by Regina that he has to forget her and focus on his wife, is in a mess.  Surprisingly enough, its none other than Will Scarlett who helps snap him out of it.  He shares some of his own story with Robin, motivating him to pursue Regina, closing on the two of them kissing in Regina’s vault.

Again, this is brief and lightly touched upon, but not bad.  The Regina/Robin pairing has a massive fan base, so while it was no shocker that they would eventually end up together, it is nice to see happen as their paring was all sorts of fun to watch.  Sadly, we did not get much of Henry and his snooping around the shop for info, as I was really hoping to see more of that.  There was brief moment of it, and I think this was mostly to remind us that its still happening and help set things up for the future.  Would not be surprised if Henry is the one to discover Rumpel’s plan.

Overall, this was a pretty basic character based episode.  While not great, it had one amazing part, and that was the Snow Queen being able to get to Emma so easily.  The two of them squaring off in the interrogation room was amazing, Mitchell and Morrison nailed that scene, playing off each other perfectly.

Next week, we are in for a two hour episode which should lead to some major plot developments, but until then.

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: Interstellar

"How do they expect me to land this thing on another planet? It's way too small to even fit in!"

“How do they expect me to land this thing on another planet? It’s way too small for me to even fit inside!”

Joined by Professor Science, our intrepid (or insipid) movie duo cavorts among the spheres with the pervert from Dazed and Confused. Only this time, he stays the same age and high school girls keep getting older. Alright, alright, alright! Also, space stuff happens.

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