This week on TV…Once Upon a Time gave us mother-daughter relationships, scary dragon women, and a rare acknowledgement that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland actually freakin’ happened. The Flash finally returned to the gorilla living in the sewers, while Arrow had a death followed by a wedding (of course). Meanwhile, both Jane the Virgin and Agents of SHIELD cranked things up for next week’s finales.
Once Upon a Time, 4×21 “Mother” (Brianna)
CORA MILLS IS BACK. Flashback, that is. Years ago Mama Mills popped over from Wonderland (a la the White Rabbit) to play matchmaker for her daughter and solidify Regina’s dynasty so Snow White couldn’t take the throne. It doesn’t work the way she plans, but there were great scenes to show that Regina’s always been her own worst enemy. Because she tries so hard NOT to be Cora, she ends up…being like Cora. The episode was a good examination of mother-daughter relationships, particularly that of Maleficent and Lily. They’ve only just met, but Mal’s already proving she’s a capable mother…which is actually a disappointment to Lily, who wanted to team up for revenge on the Charmings. Emma also forgave her parents, which was great, but I don’t see why Hook had to be the one to get her to realize it.
Where was Henry this week?
Rumple’s almost down for the count due to his darkening heart, so Regina nabs Isaac the Author and uses Lily’s blood to power the magical ink needed to rewrite their stories. She wants to stop Zelena from taking over her life and write her out for good, but she decides against it, finally learning from her mistakes that quick fixes aren’t the way. Unfortunately, Isaac zips back to Gold’s pawnshop to write a new story.
Jane the Virgin 1×21, “Chapter Twenty-One” (Meg)
While last week focused on fighting duos, the penultimate Jane the Virgin centered on three broken-up couples coming back together. Petra continues to take advantage of Rafael’s poor state over his break-up with Jane, but at least she’s providing him with someone to talk to (I also like the new role that Luisa is taking on as Rafael’s protector). Rogelio and Xo are, of course, unable to really keep away from each other. But my favorite story of the week was definitely Michael and Jane’s rekindling of the strong bond that we saw them hold at the beginning of the season. Jane always seems to be the closest to who she is as an individual when things with Michael are okay, and he brings together her practical side and dreamier side. Overall, I’m glad that Jane’s in a much better, healthier place than she was last week. She’s blaming Rafael less, and figuring out a way for her to feel more secure in her child’s future without excluding Rafael from its upbringing. I also love that, for the first time, it actually seems like she’s able to have solid, positive relationships with both Michael and Rafael. Of course, that’s likely not going to hold next week, but it’s still nice to see that having both in her life IS possible.
The Flash 1×21, “Grodd Lives” (Megan)
Barry juggles searching for the captured Eddie with catching a mysterious gold thief, only to have the thief turn out to be a mind-controlled General Eiling who had been missing for months. Joe gets briefly captured by Grodd, but Barry faces off against him, and rescues Joe. Iris also confronts Barry about him being the Flash. I really loved her in this episode, refusing to let the men around her try to “protect” her, and actually being the one reason Barry isn’t killed by Grodd. There are two episodes left in the season, and based on Wells’ statement that it was time for him to go home, I’m wondering whether the writers will actually let him leave, or if he’s going to be sticking around as a villain for another season, now that everyone knows who he really is. We’ll just have to wait and see!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2×20, “Scars” (Meg)
This week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wrapped up some loose threads from Avengers: Age of Ultron (check out Daily Geekette’s review!) As everyone reels from the results of the Avengers’ battle with Ultron and the reveal that Coulson has been working with Fury all along, the two S.H.I.E.L.D.’s decide to merge together to deal with the Inhuman “threat” that was “exposed” last week. With their unified strength, S.H.I.E.L.D. decided to send a delegate to talk with Jiaying to try to avoid conflict. Despite the peace agreement going fairly well at the beginning, Jiaying finally shows her true colors as not just a calm leader but rather as a (justifiably) broken woman thirsty for revenge against the secret organizations that stripped everything from her. She murders Gonzales, making it look like he attacked her first, and declares war on S.H.I.E.L.D. This was absolutely a good twist, but I just wish that so much hadn’t been rushed in the Inhumans storyline. Next week, instead of a normal recap-let, I’ll provide a full-length review of not just the finale but the season as a whole. See you then! But for now, let’s CELEBRATE about not only a third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but also a second season of Agent Carter!
Arrow 3×22, “This Is Your Sword” (Megan)
After much convincing from Malcolm and Tatsu that Oliver’s betrayal has been an act, the team goes to Nanda Parbat to try and prevent the release of the Omega virus. They fail, and are sealed in a cell with the virus while Oliver marries an unhappy Nyssa. There was also a whole side plot where Thea went and found Roy and brought him his Arsenal jacket, but he left while she was sleeping, saying she needed to be free of him, Malcolm, and Oliver. This was a solid episode, but I found it to be a little too predictable, because it was the final setup for next week’s season finale, so there weren’t a lot of surprises thrown our way, the way I imagine there might be in the season finale.
What did you watch this week, Geekettes? Tell us in the comments!