Once Upon A Time, S6E5: “Street Rats”

Are you watching this show? Do you wish someone would watch along with you because everyone else you know thinks it’s dumb?  Here is what I was saying while I was watching it–I WILL WATCH WITH YOU.
Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Jafar is like the Fairy Godmother with mice, but in reverse. 
  • What kind of an accent does Aladdin have?
  • Agrabah is just a grab bag of accents. 
  • Poor Archie.  I hope he’s billing Emma appropriately for all this abuse. 
  • Hm. Archie appears to not be BCLS certified. 
  • Jasmine has clearly not been subscribing to Storybrooke Death Weekly. 
  • Wow, Emma remembered she had a superpower once!
  • Oh it is a bad day for Archie. 
  • Zelina. Still queen of the bad decisions. 
  • Nice that Emma just spilled as much to Fake!Archie! in two minutes as she did to the real Archie in five weeks. 
  • “Your Highness is judgey.”
  • Aladdin does have a point.  Socioeconomic decay doesn’t happen in a day.
  • I can’t tell if Fake Archie is making more progress for Emma than Real Archie. 
  • This didn’t work for Indiana Jones, Aladdin. You think it’ll work for you?
  • Aladdin needs to watch “Iron Giant” about being a weapon. 
  • Can’t Henry just look in the book to see what’s going on?
  • Oh Snow. You so don’t know. 
  • Man, insult to injury for Archie. 
  • Evil Spa day?
  • You would think one of these spa workers would call in an Evil Police Report. 
  • I know they want a tip, but geeze.
  • To be fair, isn’t death the fate of all non-saviors too?
  • That’s a lot of showboating Aladdin’s doing while Jasmine’s getting suffocated. 
  • Why can’t he just wait and use the shears of destiny when he’s suffering the Savior Parkinson’s?
  • Glad to see how sorry Jasmine is over the death of the Oracle. 
  • OMG. They’ve brought people back from the dead. Do they really think her vision is insurmountable?
  • I guess in this tale, Jasmine went with A Same Old World. 
  • How does she even think they’re going to get back to Agrabah?
  • This is like the thousandth time Emma’s said “no secrets” to Hook. 
  • There is no way Hook got rid of the scissors. 
  • Yep. 

Once Upon A Time, S6E4: “Strange Case”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Wow, that’s a different look. 
  • Man, Rumple keeps making terrible deals for himself. 
  • I don’t get why he lets them just walk out the door with the necklace.  It seems like there are plenty of ways for him to stop them without killing them.
  • Carlyle must have like nine wigs for this one episode. 
  • Scientists never figure out not to experiment on themselves. 
  • Kind of strange that the only one who ever comes to visit Belle is Hook.  I guess she didn’t have too much time to make friends after she got out of the cuckoo’s nest.
  • Ah Rumple. Always knowing what the ladies like. 
  • Imprisonment might not be the way back into Belle’s good graces. 
  • Still weird that Snow’s so into teaching right after she shook off the Mary Margaret part last season. 
  • Enter Jasmine?
  • Maybe Snow’s difficulty is that she used to teach like arts and crafts to grade-schoolers, and is now trying to teach physics to high-schoolers.
  • So everyone’s leaving Jekyll with no one magical to protect him?
  • Yep, that was a primo idea. 
  • With the addition of the girl, this becoming “The Nutty Professor.”
  • I don’t know why they think anyone besides Emma and Regina have any hope at facing down the Evil Queen, since Zelina and Gold apparently aren’t going to help. 
  • Man, Regina is totes not out-thinking the evils in this one. 
  • Why would Rumple want the potion poured on his dagger?
  • Mary is kind of flying her freak flag a little freely. 
  • I think this proves that in OUAT, no matter how clever you are, or how powerful you are, you never see through the old “switcheroo.”
  • Did he have to use his dagger? It seems like pretty much any dagger would have done. 
  • I would probably be trying to grab for my dagger back at this point. 
  • Ok Rumple.  This wasn’t helping.
  • Wow, Mary is a quick worker.
  • It seems weird that Mary hung out with Jekyll as much and was as friendly with him as she was for despising him the way she says she did.
  • Man, that Jekyll was kinda crazy. 
  • Well it’s nice that Hyde transforms with pants. 
  • Oh hey, Jekyll is still kinda crazy. 
  • Freaking Killian, who could never get the hang of cell phones and has to communicate by CONCH. 
  • Ok, how did Hook know to get there when he had just left for the other side of town and Belle had no conch?
  • Welp, I guess Witwer had other fish to fry.  I thought they were going to stick around a lot longer than that.
  • I guess the moral of the story is that if you split an asshole into two, you don’t necessarily get a good person and a bad person–you just get two assholes.
  • Hyde gone, and Regina needs to be dead.  So Rumple is pretty happy with this win-win sitch. 
  • Man, did they really need to stick De Ravin in that KMart nightie for the whole episode?
  • I like you Rumple, but that whole “you have to come back to me because you’ll never make it on your own” courtship method is pretty domestic abuser-y.
  • I’m not so sure you can depend on Emma to off you reliably, Regina.
  • Snow, if those kids are going to fail every test without someone turning class into a RenFest, you better start thinking of the fairy tale college you’re going to start up, because they’re never gonna make it into a real one.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapter 16 of Jedi Consular “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

Spoiler Thoughts:
Chapter XVI: The Battle of Odessen
  • “Someone’s slicing our communications?”  “Who?”  Are you not even paying attention?!
  • Ha ha. It’s been so long, I don’t remember who all the later additions are.
  • Oh wow, the game suddenly remembered we were supposed to be romancing Theron.
  • Theron likes you, but not enough to want to go meet Arcann with you.
  • This seems like everyone is coming around to say bye. We must be nearing the end.
  • Great. I’ve been playing the Imperial Agent for the last month and barely remember how Consular fights anymore.
  • What…Koth has an anti-SCORPIO button?  Why have we not used that before?
  • Man, you really have to get a lot closer to fight as a Jedi than an agent.
  • Well that was a lot of dying, but the Harry Potter magical shield of need really came in handy.
  • I’m not so sure I’d count Arcann out until I saw a body.
  • Senya…
  • Vaylin never gets a break.
  • How did Senya take so long to get here, she missed the whole fight?
  • Koth better not be right about you, Senya. I’ve already had one betrayal this story.
  • Oh hi Valkorian. Did you not hear when Arcann was mopping up the floor with me to get your attention?
  • Nice of you to show up now.
  • Wow, I really don’t get SCORPIO’s deal. Why couldn’t she have accomplished this working with us?
  • Why would she give up all the power once she had it?  So confused.
  • This quest with the TC-93 droid is hilarious. “TC = remembers Carina // Carina = obsessive + lonely + creepy”
  • These poor lonely women and their even poorer droids.
  • So I guess that’s the end of the “Fallen Empire” storyline.
  • On the whole, it was pretty entertaining and doable as a solo, which was my main concern when I started this whole thing.
  • The first nine chapters I thought were really engrossing, but then it seems kind of evident that the subsequent chapters didn’t get the same amount of funding or time and were kind of shallow.
  • The other thing that you notice is how all the class storyline missions were fully voiced and the worlds fully rendered, while most of the expansions your character was silent and transportation was handled as a “fade to black” and then reappearance at your destination.
  • Once I caught up with the chapters however, the game really weakened for me, since all the interchapter grinding involved the heroic flashpoints which I proved totally incapable of finishing.
  • At that point, there wasn’t really anything interesting for the whole month until the new chapter came out.
  • Additionally, the early entry into the chapters for the subscribers wasn’t a huge advantage, because a) the chapters started out totally buggy and needed patching to be easily playable, and b) the areas were so crowded initially, you could hardly find non-timed out objectives.
  • Like sometimes you’d have to just stand around in some enemy compound waiting for a Big Bad to respawn and then try not to accidentally poach someone else’s turn who had been waiting for it earlier.
  • The next segment will evidently deal with Vaylin, who was probably a much more interesting character than Arcann, anyway.
  • Unfortunately it also deals with SCORPIO who I think was one of the weaker characters–pretty one-note, and one of those who makes your character look like kind of an idiot for constantly helping them even when they flat out say they’ll betray you at the first opportunity.
  • All the new characters were pretty interesting, but after the first nine chapters they were mostly done talking at length to you.
  • The chance to romance either Theron, Lana, or Koth was nice, but having to lock it in with one of them right in front of the other two was a little awkward.
  • Plus it wasn’t like the other person ever mentioned it again until the very end, so it made virtually no difference.  I liked how Dragon Age Origins made it so the characters at least changed how they routinely addressed you by how much they liked you.
  • Although it’s not very supportive of the game, if all you’re interested in is the new stuff, I’d probably hold off subscribing until all the chapters are out, because I found the time between them kind of tedious.
  • Part of it could also have been the Jedi Consular itself, because after starting an Imperial Agent character, I found that storyline to be much more interesting.
  • Even though the basic class stories are free, if you suck at combat as I do, it’s a huge advantage to subscribe and be able to have unlimited medical probes.  Otherwise, you wind up constantly having to march all the way through a level every time you die in a boss fight.
  • Alright.  On to Imperial Agent.

 

Once Upon A Time, S6E3: “The Other Shoe”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Oh, back to Hyde for advice again. Always a good idea. 
  • Cinderella’s little girl is all “…stranger danger?”
  • Ok, Cinderella asking if she could go to the ball at this exact moment shows a considerable lack of situational insight. 
  • Poor Archie. Nothing like patients just showing up without an appointment, expecting to be seen immediately. 
  • Grumpy, still getting the short end of the stick. 
  • Well as long as Emma’s giving up without a fight. 
  • I feel after all the experience Emma’s had with magic and curses and the Dark Ones, she should be a little more skeptical about this whole destiny thing. 
  • If there’s one thing Charming’s learned, it’s not to argue with Snow.
  • Didn’t we just go through a whole thing where Snow decided she didn’t want to be Mary Margaret?
  • I guess it would be confusing if every Prince was designated Charming. 
  • Man, if people actually waited to discuss anything with anyone, there would be like two fairy tales. 
  • Charming must be the worst poker player ever. 
  • Is Cinderella marching off with a rifle to protect her stepsister against…herself?
  • How did her stepsister know about the magic cupboard?
  • I am confused. 
  • If Emma doesn’t tell Hook about this whole destiny thing now, it is just too much. 
  • Oh Evil Queen. Still usually the smartest person in the room. 
  • At least we admit that no one can remember what the names of the stepsisters are. 
  • Cinderella unfortunately not a genius. 
  • Well, on the upside, Cinderella now has way more in common with Snow White than she ever knew. 
  • Snow tracked her!  Because the prince was pretty ineffectual. 
  • Wow, this dude doesn’t need much to make a decision, considering he had one dance with her. 
  • Why would Cinderella not bring the prince with her?
  • You would think she could have got there faster on horseback or in his carriage.
  • Actually, I don’t know what she thought telling her step-sister/mother about her engagement was supposed to accomplish if it wasn’t rubbing their noses in it.
  • That was not very far off the board the Evil Queen took them, considering there’s that one magical forest that just goes on forever.
  • Ok, that was not actually a very crucial spot she stabbed her, with her fairly short sword tip. 
  • I feel like she might not have died if we used regular ol’ non-magical conventional health care. 
  • Regina’s all “are you kidding me, with your public school talk right now?”
  • You are so not gonna burn that, Charming.
  • Aww. Rumple made Belle a mix tape.
  • Hard to know why they didn’t assume this was going to happen. 
  • This hospital has the worst security ever.

Once Upon A Time, S6E2: “A Bitter Draught”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Central casting dines at Granny’s. 
  • Pretty sure that wasn’t actually what happened to Dantes’ fiancée. My recollection is that she wound up marrying the guy who got wealthy orchestrating his imprisonment. 
  • Look, love is love is love, but God Bless the Child That’s Got His Own.
  • Oh THANKS, Regina. 
  • The Good makeup is always so washed out compared to the Evil makeup. 
  • Emma, still making the good choices. 
  • Why would she think a psychologist would be able to help her plan a military campaign?
  • Poor Archie. Good thing he can still bill for the visit. 
  • I am skeptical that it is as hard to call off assassins as it always seems in stories. 
  • I bet they’re like any other tradesman. “Yeah, they said they didn’t need me for the job today, so I figured I’d sleep in and maybe go to the movies later “
  • Snow and Charming’s family motto:  Always Credulous. 
  • I don’t offhand remember when Hook “laid hands” on Belle. 
  • I guess he knocked her out once?  But then again, so did Merida, and we didn’t seem to care about that.
  • Frankly, I would take the crappy mattresses at Granny’s over a ship with no discernible bathroom. 
  • Belle is always apologizing for being Rumple’s accessory, and yet I don’t think anyone has any doubt that she’s going to end up going back to him.
  • Rumple is always consistent.  I do always think he should maybe have a little more interest in Henry as his grandson, but I guess he’s decided that he’s never gonna get on that family Xmas Card list.
  • I don’t offhand remember Rumple and the Evil Queen being quite this much into each other.
  • I bet the handmaid turns out to be Dantes’ daughter or something. 
  • Then he finds out and goes all Sweeney Todd on Evil Queen. 
  • Ok, these guys KNEW this dude was coming for them, and as sheriff, Charming can legally pack heat.  Why fore are they running around totally unarmed?
  • Charming, totally nonplussed by any terrible thing by now.  “The Evil Queen’s back?!”  “Yeah, w/e.”
  • Kind of weird that Regina suddenly decided to take up swordplay, when she can magic anyone into the cornfields at any time.
  • Wow.  I really thought the Count was going to have a bigger part than that.
  • Did we ever figure out how he managed to disappear into thin air periodically?  In the book, he wasn’t magical.
  • Ok, if Regina literally split off all her evilness, then why did her evil bits just tell her she still has evil in her?
  • That was some crappy splitting spell.  She should get her money back.
  • Zelena, joining Emma in the “keep making the worst choices ever” club.