This Week on TV: April 2-8

Once Upon a Time gave us a lot this week: on top of its newest wacky ship (#Hellwitch), Henry puts his Author powers to work while the Charmings regret leaving baby Neal in the world above. Arrow continued the drama of Darhk and Merlyn and the Green Arrow team, with a shocking ending. The Flash will return April 19th, and Arrow will return the following week, on April 27th.

Once Upon a Time 5×16, “Our Decay” (Brianna)

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I shouldn’t ship it but I do. Hades (Greg Germann) and the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader)

In the past, the Wicked Witch/Zelena collects the ingredients for her time travel spell. Dorothy Gale returns, halting her plan by hiding the Scarecrow. Dorothy is older and hardened for battle by some yet-unknown event. Hades introduces himself to Zelena and offers an alliance. Like her, Hades lives in the shadow of his successful sibling and wants to change his destiny. Along the way, Hades begins feeling real love for Zelena. She rejects him due to her own insecurities, and he threatens that she’ll regret it.

In the present, Zelena weasels her way back to Storybrooke (no explanation how) to retrieve her daughter. She crosses paths with Belle, and all three get sucked into a portal to the Underworld when Hades targets the baby. Belle reunites with Rumple, and they’re happy for about three seconds when he tells her she’s pregnant and he dealt away his second-born kid years ago. But slow clap it out for Zelena, who ultimately hands her child to Robin and Regina’s protection, giving the baby her best chance away from Hades. Apparently the lord of the underworld isn’t some vengeful douchecanoe, he’s still super in love with Zelena: he fashioned the Underworld into Bizarro Storybrooke just for her. They have an oddly touching reunion, but Zelena still can’t bring herself to trust him. Rebecca Mader fully commits to her character, and I don’t think she gets enough credit for it.

Arrow 4×18, “Eleven-Fifty-Nine” (Megan)

Why would anyone ever think it was safe to put him in prison?
Why would anyone ever think it was safe to put him in prison?

Andy Diggle admits to his brother that he spoke to Merlyn, seemingly coming clean about his supposed ongoing involvement with Damien Darhk. Oliver remains suspicious, to the detriment of his relationship with Diggle. Malcolm steals Darhk’s idol and delivers it to him in prison, but it’s missing a piece. Diggle admits to his brother that he hid the missing piece, against Oliver’s warnings. As the team goes in to stop Darhk from starting a prison riot, Andy hands Darhk the missing piece, and Darhk stabs Laurel, fulfilling his threat to Captain Lance. Darhk, Malcolm, and Andy escape as Oliver rushes Laurel to the hospital. She dies after telling Oliver that being a part of the Green Arrow team made her feel alive, and she would never give it up. I will admit that the first half of this episode bored me – it was predictable and more of the same with Darhk and Merlyn, and it was hard for me to care. Diggle having to face his brother’s betrayal, and the team losing Laurel, were the most powerful moments of the episode, and possibly some of the most powerful in the season. I am hoping that these dark moments will propel the team towards growth and maybe becoming less predictable in the remaining episodes.

What did you think of this week’s episodes, Geekettes? Tell us in the comments below!

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