Once Upon A Time, S5E12: “Souls of the Departed”

The Underworld has better tailors.
Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Neal! I’m sure he’s glad that Emma went to Hell to get Hook back, but not him. 
  • “I’ve always loved you and I always will.”  Ok, see you. Time to get back to the amusement park. 
  • Oh good. They went to the “Walking Dead” version of Storybrooke. 
  • Is that Phoebe’s brother? From “Friends?”
  • Well kind of a crappy birthday for Regina. 
  • At least she got pie. 
  • Cora! Looking kinda evil. 
  • I’m not sure splitting up is ever a great idea. 
  • Eeeevil Charming! And Snow White couldn’t tell who was macking on her!
  • Yeah, you might want to table that discussion for another time, Snow. 
  • Regina has way better clothes as queen. 
  • Cora, it took you too long to realize it because you ripped out your own heart. 
  • Well bye, Phoebe’s brother.
  • Regina seems a little bit shocked at murder for someone who once killed a whole village of people. 
  • Belle is pretty heartless now, considering she doesn’t even want Gold to go help rescue Hook. 
  • The Master of Time and Space!  And he still has that subconjunctival heme on the right eye. 
  • I like this kid. 
  • Preggers Snow White!
  • Man, Regina’s dad was pretty ineffectual, and so far he was the best dad. 
  • I think Peter Pan watered down the potion. 
  • OMG! This is supposed to mirror the first episode when it was Emma’s birthday!
  • …What?
  • Ignoring the thing with the hearts, did Jiminy Cricket just spend time in Snow White’s boobs?!
  • She seems a lot more ok with this than I’d expect. 
  • Regina, I think you eventually did something to hurt him. 
  • Did Regina steal the potion?
  • Actually, isn’t Regina’s father in no way related to Henry?
  • I forget how whether Cora ended up with the King or the Prince, but they seemed pretty awful back then. I guess living with Cora could make you sensible of the need for virtue after awhile. 
  • I don’t know that I buy Gold turning back to total evil again. It’s pretty soon after he achieved hero status. 
  • So looking back, the whole thing seems like it was supposed to be a mirror to episode one–in which Emma has a birthday, makes a wish to not be alone, gets Henry (Jr.), begins to believe in the curse, and the clock starts ticking.
  • Episode 100, Regina has a birthday, makes a wish to kill Snow, loses Henry (Sr.), begins to believe in herself, and the clock starts ticking.
  • Wait, did we forget about Hook burning in Hellfire while we start going around saving everyone?
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Once Upon A Time, S5E11: “Swan Song”

Ok, new Once Upon A Time tonight.  Time to catch up!

Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Wow, people had pretty crap fathers in Storybrooke. 
  • You can tell Emma’s getting good again, because her makeup is getting softer. 
  • Only evil girls wear bright red lipstick. That’s the law. 
  • Gold is kind of a downer here. 
  • Oh crap, I don’t remember Regina testing Hook. Did we see it already? Or are we going to flashback?
  • Oh, flashback. 
  • Because promises where you have to swear not to tell anyone ever always go well. 
  • Belle’s getting creeped out. 
  • Wow, Belle was all “thanks for the car. Bye bitches.”
  • Gold might be a hero, but still slow on the self-sacrifice scale. 
  • Oh man, I hope not Zelina. I think we’ve seen quite enough of you. 
  • I guess Granny took a powder after making the burgers?
  • This is apparently the family of good-looking guys who never get old. 
  • He fell in love while he was asleep?
  • That Mila is the source of all evil. 
  • Man, that was pretty slow-witted of Emma. 
  • Oh wow, that Neal is a cute baby. 
  • Ouch, Killian’s Dad. You could have at least made up a new bedtime motto.
  • Well that could have gone better. 
  • So Hook was able to turn it around with the memory of his Dad, but not with Emma?
  • Kinda deux ex machina, but ok. 
  • Poor Emma. 
  • Although if she had done this from the beginning, Merlin would still be alive. 
  • Nice that Storybrooke’s paramedics are still gainfully employed. 
  • Belle is kind of a sap. 
  • Urg.  Seeing them just have slept together is not making this relationship less squidgy.
  • Oh Gold. 
  • You can take the man out of the Dark…
  • Yeah Snow. You just try to be judgey in these circumstances. 
  • Gold is all “why should I get my shoes ruined?”
  • So summing up this first half of the season:  Clothes were better and I liked the additions to the Dark One mythology.
  • Still, a lot of it seemed like treading water. What happened to Arthur? We spent a lot of time on his story to just have him vanish at the end.
  • Plus, are we really ok with leaving Guinevere all date-rape drugged into submission by Arthur?
  • I’m not totally sure I buy Gold wanting the darkness back after he had already achieved hero-ness.  I feel like without the darkness, he should have been repelled at the idea of taking it back.
  • The whole end to Dark!Hook! was very Buffy/Angel.
  • Also, what was the point of making a big deal of bringing half the Town to Camelot?  They certainly didn’t do much once they were there.
  • I’m not sure what Regina was getting at when she kept needling Hook to remember about his Dad.  How did she know that would make the difference?
  • I hope Zelina takes a powder for awhile.  That character is becoming gratingly one-note.
  • It appeared that all the dwarfs got marked as well by the Dark Ones.  How come they didn’t show up by the lake at the end?
  • Everyone was so anxious to come along to Camelot, but strangely enough, no one seems to have wanted to tag along to Hell.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Not-Live Blog. “Interlude”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Oh wait, here’s when I did Crystal Ball.
  • I would like a “go back to the ship” button. That would come in pretty handy.
  • Off to Ilum. Where the crystals come from.
  • Again with the strip mining ripping the planet apart. I’m beginning to get a message.
  • Lord Loyat’s a girl?
  • Well that was a lot of dying. Where did all those guys come from?
  • Ok, you have to kill off everyone else first, or they all suddenly get the urge to wipe the floor with you.
  • I was apparently supposed to do this one earlier, because all the loot is too primitive.
  • Darth Malgus, you toad.
  • I hate these flashpoint missions.
  • The Voss are pretty suck, for a race.
  • Darth Serevin has some pretty impressive killing power.
  • Talsa-Ko is not good at picking a winner.
  • I’m sparing you, Talsa-Ko, but if you turn out like Harley Quinn, I’m going to be peeved.
  • Ugh. Right back into another flashpoint.
  • Cole doesn’t sound like he’s expecting to see us again.
  • Holy Moly, I think this Prototype took us down with one shot.
  • HK-47!  Nooo!
  • Malgus actually wasn’t as bad as some of the bosses along the way.
  • Cole’s story is a little more exciting.
  • I like the jaunty music that plays when all your dialogue options are humorous.
  • Ilum is free again. Of course, we probably exploded like 2/3rds of it, but oh well.
  • Spark of Hope
  • Sargent Trila seems a little down.
  • Hachi matchi, the Corrupted Bothrian fight was the most frustrating thing ever.
  • I was too high level for it to kill me, but I hadn’t figured out which was the interrupt skill so I couldn’t kill it.
  • That was right up there with the Arishok for causing hypertension.
  • These terraforming devices respawn so quickly, you can pretty much keep destroying the same two over and over.
  • That next boss beast looked like a pushover next to the Bothrian.
  • So these Dread guys are kinda kooky.
  • They might not be that stable.
  • I love missions where you can climb behind stuff, blow it up, and re-stealth with no one the wiser.
  • So apparently, the last mission in this is an “ops” one, where you can’t enter the area without like eight people.
  • That would have been nice to know in the first place, before we invested time doing the 90% of the quest before it.
  • Operation Barricade
  • I’m glad we went to the trouble of curing these things so we could kill them directly afterward.