Screen Bites: Sometimes What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Secrets on Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and The Vampire Diaries
Once Upon a Time, Sunday 8:00 EST, ABC
Watchers, I have conflicting feelings as I write this column, as I think the last two episodes were first a really high point (the giant story) and a low point (Ruby/Red’s story). The latter makes me very disappointed, as the initial Ruby/Red story from last season remains one of my favorites. In this last episode, it wasn’t the story itself that I felt was weak, but parts of the execution were poor, I thought. Some of the Storybrooke scenes I thought were a tad melodramatic. What did you think? I did find the depiction of the bond between Red and Snow very touching and heartfelt, however.
As I said, the previous episode, when we learned about Henry’s father and Emma’s past, I found really interesting and very intricately constructed, with the scenes moving seamlessly between the past and the present, and between worlds. When do you think we will see Neal again?
We also discovered that Henry and Aurora have been having the same nightmare, and at the end of the last week’s episode Henry actually speaks to Aurora in the dream, via the amulet that Gold/Rumpelstiltskin gave him. It appears that this item and the abilities it gives Henry will play a role in next week’s show.
How do you feel about the last two episodes?
*The show does not air next week but returns on 11/25.
Grimm, Friday 10:00 EST, NBC
The last two weeks have given us a Grimm-wannabe who ended up being Wesen, and the deepening awkward attraction between Renard and Juliet. And that final scene of the last episode, when the two go to see Monroe for their “cure” and he catches them kissing — yikes. Poor Monroe — he will feel terrible keeping this from Nick, but do you think he will do so?
We know that Adalind is up to no good (as usual), though what her endgame is has not been made apparent. The same goes for Nick’s mom, whom we have not seen for several episodes.
Do you have guesses about what either of them is planning?
One of my favorite lines: “The next time we hire an intern I’m gonna suggest we do a better psych eval” (Sgt. Wu).
Was anyone else surprised to see Captain Renard smiling? I don’t think we have ever seen that before.
What do you think of the show right now?
The season is halfway over, due to starting a bit early, and this coming week’s episode (11/16) will be the last one until sometime in the new year. I hope a few questions are answered before the break.
The Vampire Diaries, Thursday 8:00 EST, The CW
The vampire hunter has come and gone, leaving some questions unanswered and some new problematic situations. At the end of the episode, we see a tattoo show up on Jeremy. I find this storyline very intriguing, about The Five, and I imagine we will only learn bits and pieces as the season progresses.
Watching Elena attempt to come to terms with her new state of being has been pretty interesting. She has normal reactions to a traumatic change, giving a feeling of believability to the fantasy of that change. Do you agree?
This question that Damon asks Stefan near the end of the last episode is worth discussing: “Why do you want to cure her? Because she’s not cut out to be a vampire, or you can’t love her if she is one?” Which do you think it is, or is it perhaps a bit of both?
Some favorite lines:
“Is that where you’ve been all morning, out buying bossy pants?” (Damon to Stefan)
“I don’t do teen drama” (Hayley to Caroline). This line is particularly amusing since Phoebe Tonkin (the actress playing Hayley) starred in “The Secret Circle.”
Are you enjoying the show this season? What are some of your favorite storylines?
Watchers, I am still trying to catch up on Supernatural, Fringe and Haven. We’ll see what next week brings…