(Should I do separate cuts for everything? Now they open like spoiler tags...? Let me know. I'll try it this week.)
ONCE UPON A TIME: BELLE/RUBY IS MY EVERYTHING NOW. Their conversations in will-never-not-be-Luke's Diner made my entire life; I desperately hope we get more scenes of them. Hooray, lady friendships! And while it was a little lame to go from "I never want to see you again" to reconciliation with Rumple in, like, two scenes, I love that she's making her own decisions now and the library-giving (!!!!) was tweaked into being a symbol of his respect for her independence. Very nicely done. AND LAWD, CAPTAIN HOOK. He was as delightful as expected (and I was sad Hatter didn't show up to challenge him to a guyliner-off, and by that I mean a violent make-out session), though that was pretty dark, the way he basically let Rumple believe he was kidnapping Milah against her will. But Rumple killing her like that was way more harsh, so y'know. And I loved his total underreaction to losing his hand; that's such a TV thing. He's like "*grimly attaches hook* ...FUCK YEAH, NEVERLAND, BITCHES :D!!" See, Arizona, it can be done! (OK, sorry, that was mean.) And I really like how the Hook/Rumple conflict parallels the Cora/Regina conflict in that both parties kinda have a reasonable point of view and it's tough to say who's really the villain or to choose with whom to side. Because all them bitches be crazy. And apparently Moe's flower shop was called "Game of Thorns;" I missed that. BAHAHAHA
Oh, and re: Gyp last week--well, I heard ages ago that he had a ~weird fetish, and honestly, I was expecting something far worse than that. I have a feeling that that's how he will eventually depart both the show & this life, rather than in the predictable hail of bullets. Heh. But still--mazel tov, Will Truman. Mazel fuckin' tov.
HOMELAND: WELL, SHIT, THAT HAPPENED. I will never stop being in love with this show's fearless habit of blowing up its own plot bombs, as The A.V. Club calls them. I was sure Carrie was going to Brody's room to bang him [wouldn't you?] and find out who his contact was and/or prevent him calling them, BUT NO. WOW. Awesome. On another, lesser show, her being in love with him would make her way more wibbly about bringing him down, but on this show she's just all the more determined. LOVE IT. And loved Saul's "get the fuck away from her," awwww. ♥ Nice to see Virgil again (or Jesus Christ Virgil, as I call him, because Carrie's perpetual annoyance with him in S1 was very funny). I'm actually almost sorry we won't get more scenes of Team Covert Awesome spying on Brody and building up a case, since this show is awesome at making surveillance really suspenseful and fun (and the delicious irony/symbolism of the audience breathlessly watching these characters watching other character on TV screens is not lost on me). And that was Rupert Friend! Shit! Finn [thanks, IMDb] and Dana were surprisingly sweet--loved the reflection of their faces in the window in the Washington Monument--though calling her Sally Hemings to his Jefferson is...not really a compliment. Kids these days. And I'm guessing Lauder will either get himself killed and/or get involved with Carrie & Co., but I'm interested to see how far Mike will go to defend his friend(s). Ahhhh crazy-ass show~
DEXTER: Thank the LAWD she finally asked about Rita, omg. I stan for Deb forever & I love her as much as ever this season, but I couldn't understand why that wasn't, like, the third thing she asked. The bathtub dream was pretty interesting; I now wish they'd kept the pseudo-incest themes much more implied and unspoken last season. Like, have her privately struggle with feelings for him so that this season, she can have metaphorical ideas/doubts about 'joining' him (like, "marrying" him in the sense of supporting his murderings and/or even helping), but avoid saying it out loud. I never bought that she'd actually straight-up state it like that and then decide to tell him in the hopes he'd reciprocate. That was just dumb and OOC. But I like how it's fitting into this year, more subtly. I actually gasped when he frankly said "I love you" to her, wow. Growth...? AND HOORAY, WE GOT SOME GAY OTHER THAN ME/DEB. This show still has a bad habit of legit explaining its plots in dialogue or VOs ("Saying what I'm doing!"--Flint Lockwood), so Isaak Pullo being like "EVERYTHING I DO, I DO IT FOR YOU" was a bit hammy, as was Dexter recapping Hannah's involvement with Frosty Swirl Guy for us--like, I know, man, I watched last week, BUT STILL. EXCITE FOR THAT. I'm loving Ray Stevenson; that scene where he very politely made the dude kill himself was very chilling. Deb was a fucking boss interrogating Speltzer and getting him to confess in, like, two seconds; this show doesn't do a lot of L&O-style regular police scenes, but I loved it. And "everything is in my control!"--well, congrats, Dexter, you just became Walter White. That will surely end well. *sigh* Though he sort of countered that by destroying the blood slides, so hmmm. Kinda funny we got no mention of Louis being shot (HOORAY); I assume he'll be found on Dexter's boat and Deb will naturally assume he did it and that The Code is bullshit and he'll be like ER WELL THIS LOOKS BAD BUT ACTUALLY NO and she won't believe him, etc. Fun!
THE WALKING DEAD: "Shit happens." Oh, good Lord, Rick. On the one hand I actually kinda like his ruthlessness because there's nothing worse than a bossy dude who's all talk and no action, but his "THIS IS OUR JAIL NOW" attitude was worrisome. Absolute power and all that. And I'm sorry, but why exactly is Lori a shitty wife? I don't like her much either--nor him--but at the end of last season, she was rather reasonably angry with him for killing Shane, and now she's practically begging his forgiveness. Yeah, she banged Shane and all, but that was ages ago when she thought Rick was dead. How does he have this moral high ground? Did I miss something? Carl is actually not annoying me and being useful to a shocking degree; that was a nice change. And while I don't care much about Herschel (I'm kinda still not past the walkers-in-the-barn thing, sorry), I do love Maggie and her scenes with him this week were quite sweet & sad. And go Carol, planning ahead! I truly don't want to think about a non-anesthetized C-section, at all, but maybe they can knock her own with a rock or something first, I dunno. And I demand moar Michonne/Andrea, because unsurprisingly I am shipping them hardcore.
DOWNTON ABBEY: OK, didn't talk about last week yet! WHYYYY?! The fan theory was right! D: I was still not ready, though, especially the horrifyingly cruel way that scene played out. She was my favorite! ;____; Branson and his face was absolutely killing me, as was the Thomas/Anna moment (OMG FAVES plz become friends now) and the Violet/Carson moment, awww. :( I rather wish the Cora/Robert dispute hadn't been wrapped up so quickly this week, though I did love Violet getting involved & trying to help and all, and that's just what this show does, anyway. And ONTD's vitriolic hatred of "Flopbert" does amuse me somewhat. This is why we do not ask old men about their opinions on vaginas!! I still love Anna and I adored the Anna/Mary moment, but really, it's kinda painful to watch them be like "...wait...do you think Vera poisoned herself to frame Bates?!?" when we all figured that out, y'know, as soon as it happened. But yay, he's out. Thomas is still killing me with his awkwardness--like, it seems like he just wants to get laid, but then he says things to Jimmy like how Sybil is a lovely person "like you" and I just want to diiiie because obvs his heart is involved again, like with Duke Owen Sleater and Edward. (NO I'M STILL NOT OVER THAT; THANX FOR ASKING.) And the promo makes it seem like O'Brien will lie & tell him to go for it and it will end horribly and embarrassingly and WE REALLY DON'T NEED ANOTHER PAMUK, OKAY. Those two, I s2g. D: Even my platonic OTPs are doomed to misery. Kinda bored with the Daisy/Alfred/Ivy/Jimmy love quadrangle, though I love Mrs. Patmore summing up the show by saying they're "all in love with the wrong people." Lawd. I still like Ethel and I feel so bad with everyone shaming her all the time--like, with a show like this, you have to suspend your disbelief and get onboard with the antiquated value system and that's fine, but it kind of needs a lighter touch. I want to like him, but Carson's endless outrage over ~that harlot~ is taking it from 'well, that was just the time' to 'JFC MAN GET OVER IT AND STOP BEING A GIANT B OF D,' and I feel like if Fellowes toned it down a little it would work more. But whatever, the scene with all the ladies dissing Robert totally made up for it, especially Violet. I'm with her; I don't care if Ethel's a fucking serial murderer, I'm not getting up 'til I've had some damn dessert. Mrs. Hughes was on fire last night, btw--"well, he'll be glad to know you no longer want to burn them at the stake" and "I guess he won't stay speechless for long" and so forth. HA!
also can we talk about his hair here hnnngghh:
COPPER (FINALE): TARE AN'OUNS, IT GOT RENEWED! \o/ I'm quite happy; this wee bb show really grew on me. Maguire became my fave in the second half of the season, so of course he turned out to be the one with the dark & twisty secrets about knocking people up and accidentally murdering half the town or whatever. Sigh. Apparently one-eyed men with guns and emotional problems are my type. Eh, well. I was squealing "save him, SAVE HIM!" at my screen when he was lying there all shot in the fire, so I'm glad Corky at least has some scruples--I don't like cheaters and all, but I'm intrigued by Maguire/Ellen and their relationship and possible love [and may need to write fic], and he had a point when he said Corky waited about five minutes before hooking up with Eva (and Elizabeth, and Molly). But what was that at the end? Heroin? So next season he's going to spiral into addiction, because this season he was so together and sane and well-adjusted? Lawd. Matthew and Sara and the Pirelli's Magical Elixir plotline kinda felt like a waste of time; I guess it was meant to show that even the most moral guy in town can go dark side when he needs to, but they were sorta wasted this season, though I liked Ato Essandoh's performance. Oh well. Morehouse remains my close-second-or-tied-for-first fave; I love that he's badass enough to stand up to his father and send him down the river, but doesn't quite know how to properly backhand someone. He's so precious. And that mop of hair remains glorious. The romance with Elizabeth feels a little tacked-on and because-you're-there, but they could grow on me. And I would've loved Eva's arc, from being jealous & possessive to finding her compassionate side through Annie/Ellen and realizing that she & Corky weren't really meant to be--if she hadn't killed Molly just out of spite. I mean, what was that. But I hope she's still around next season; maybe she & Corky can kinda be bros (how I love that she sleeps with a gun at the ready!). Good show; I shall miss it 'til next summer.
And of course it's October, so I am watching scary movies: I've done 30 Days of Night ("God? No God." dlgkdflgjd Huston Family Appreciation Life 5ever) and The Omen (Gregory Peck remains perfect) and Tales of Terror (Lorre + Price = ♥) and tonight is The Birds. And I will need to rewatch Sleepy Hollow, Rosemary's Baby and Hocus Pocus, among others, possibly. And I have my costume all together; I FIND it to be an excellent one~