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Once Upon a Time: Moving Forward.

In all honesty the quality of ABC’s hit fantasy show based on popular Disney characters, Once Upon a Time has waned over time. In its earlier seasons (specifically, 1 – 4) it was a real delight to watch, and somewhere within season 5 it started to become a bore. Season 6 was mostly boring.

So, what went wrong? How does a series with fantastical elements suddenly become boring? We’re going to discuss some reasons we feel caused it, and how hopeful we are that moving forward with its plan of soft reboot the series can find its feet again.

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1. THE LOVE STORY

A large percentage of the public happen to enjoy love even in the most fantastical of stories. Do not get me wrong before I even land; I understand OUAT is built on the foundation that love is the greatest magic there is (recall season one’s finale). But, as at then love was used for specific purpose. Now, love is everywhere: if it isn’t Snow an Charming, it is Emma and Hook, Henry and Violet, Rumple and Belle, Regina and Robin, or even Aladdin and Jasmine. All these pair ups make the story look like child’s play. I do hope it’s something that’ll be taken into consideration as the series reboots itself. Enough with the excessive pairing.

2. MAKE THEM EVIL AGAIN

Yes! Wicked is sweet, but evil is greater. This is OUAT, as established in the series’ lore, there’s no light without darkness and as such every hero must have a worthy villain, and none has proven more worthy than the deadly duo, Regina aka The Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin; these two are a delight to watch in their evil ways. As the series progressed Regina and Rumpel kept getting closer and closer to the light and doing what is right, which in my opinion damaged their characterizations even though it helped the humanity of their characters.  Part of what made the series epic in the first place was the unpredictability of both as wonderfully played by both actors, Lana Parilla and Robert Carlye respectively. So, bring back the evil producers… we want it!

3. A WORTHY VILLAIN

If you paid attention you’d realize I meant in the point above, Regina and Rumpel remain as recurring villains, that would leave room for a worthy villain of the season. This would be an informed choice as whoever gets to be the hero of the season would have his/her hands filled. The villain would have to go to the land of villainy and learn what made all the ones before him/her awesome. I recommend visiting the universe of Arrow to learn from Prometheus). Haha!

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Regina and Rumpel

4. A TIGHTER STORY

This doesn’t always work, but more often than not it makes things better. If the idea of 22 episodes for a season has become more of a curse than blessing in terms of story telling, the season can be pruned, fillers reduced to the barest minimum and a more captivating story told.

5. EMMA SWAN. NO!

This is a personal opinion. I couldn’t have felt happier the day I saw the news that Actress, Jenifer Morrison was leaving OUAT. I felt the series would get better. The day I saw the news that the show was going for a soft reboot instead of a sequel season, I knew the savior has arrived for the ABC’s hit TV show (pun intended). I don’t really know if my pseudo-dislike for Emma is as a result of her characterization or the actress. I watched Jenifer in How I Met Your Mother and I loved her there; so… Be thou as it may, I feel keeping Emma’s appearance to the barest minimum will be in the advantage of this soft reboot.

What do you think about my list? Let me hear what you think in the comment box below.

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Family tree in OUAT

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S04 E22) – season finale

All season I’ve been full of praise for this season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Tuesday’s finale didn’t disappoint at all. The three not so separate pods (Ghostrider, LMD, The Framework) all came together for one befitting, finely interwoven episode that put everything to a comfortable end.

So, after last week’s final episode’s appearance from Ghostrider, it will he best to say he owned this episode. If his confirmation that there’s some sort of mulitverse in the MCU is anything to go by, season five promises to be AoS’ biggest yet.

The epic confrontation that was Aida vs Ghostrider was a delight to watch at every scene they featured. The fear on Mallory Jansen (Aida’s actress’) face was beautifully crafted at every point of confrontation. I must say that Mallory is a very talented actress who I hope gets better and bigger gigs after this.

There’s the issue with S.H.I.E.L.D. and its public image. The show features this long time storyline but this time ups its game by putting the life of the only military person on their side in grave danger – General Talbot. Aida’s big play was to use one of those Daisy LMDs to shoot Talbot in front of a dozen eye witnesses and a CCTV camera. Though I’m still wondering why he’d survive a shot to the head… but… it’s all good.

The average human has a lot of emotions  all trying to outweigh itself. The one Team Shield uses to defeat Aida is fear. Fear of the Ghostrider. Fear of been alone and responding with revenge against Fitz for choosing Jemma over her. When Aida takes away her frustrations on Jemma to better send Fitz nuts, it’s those actions that sent Aida to her grave (one she deserved). In one surprising twist, Ghostrider inside Coulson (surprise, surprise) puts an end to Aida. I must comment here that every scene that had Ghostrider in was awesome, beautiful CGI, impressive performance from Gabriel Luna.

I noticed though that Antoine and the either LMDs specially created by Aida weren’t destroyed this season. Time will tell if they’ll feature in season five’s story. And talking about season five, at the last moments of the season, it’s obvious we’re going to space – a certain set of men (could be aliens behind those fleshes) arrest them, only for Coulson in particular to be shown waking up inside a containment in space.

I applaude Jed Whedon and his team for the success of this season, and hope by the time AoS returns midseason, January 2018, they’ll continue with more awesome stories.

Tell me what you thought about this episode.

AoS: Aida has always been the Big-bad.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s time is almost over for this season. Worse is, no announcement has yet been made about a renewal for season 5. RR does believe we’ll make it into the new season.

I haven’t stopped pouring praises to the storyline this season: it has been a huge upgrade from last season (which was also awesome.)

When the season started, AIDA (stands for Artificial Intelligence Digital Assistance) was thought to be a good guy of some sort, but by the time the Darkholme was introduced we could see she was deep into a mission (with Radcliffe), but time also revealed her to be after goals of her own that shamed her creator. Now, AIDA is a living breating bring, which makes me feel I should begin to refer to her as Aida and not the acronym.

After the escape from the Framework, it was shown Aida had the power of teleportation. Every fan of AoS knows that such power can only be had if one is an Inhuman. After showing so much hate against Inhumans inside the Framework as Madame Hydra one would think she hated then totally. But that’s not true. Aida had Fitz experiment on Inhumans to understand how to code there abilities into humans, and that’s exactly what she did to her new vessel.

In this week’s episode 21, Aida demonstrated three abilities:

  1. Teleportation – Similar to Gordon’s. Gordon was one of the leaders of the Afterlife in season 2.
  2. Electricity – Similar to Lincoln, Daisy’s late boyfriend.
  3. Healing factor – This makes us remember The Wolverine.

Aida is total badass. Fitz finally recovered frim his hangover and chose Jemma over Aida, and she is angry. Thank God Ghost rider is back, I feel only he has the power to put Aida to shame.

AoS returns on ABC.

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S04 E20)

We’re almost at the end of the season, and I must confess, we’ve had a wonderful ride.

After spending lots of time in the Framework we’re back to the real world, short one major character.

For things to have happened this way, Alastair Fitz had to die. His death angered Evil Fitz so much that he sought to end Jemma, bringing his undoing in the Framework. Bad news is that, Aida is now a breathing living being; a human without obvious powers of teleportation.

 We’re few weeks away from the season finale and I still have some expectations. I hope the story goes full circle. It has almost achieved this purpose; bringing back the Darkholme as the power behind Project Looking Glass. What I still hope for, is to see Ghostrider again. Robbie Reyes Ghostrider was the character that brought back eager interest of many fans to AoS. And lest I forget, the major character left behind in the Framework is Mack.

After figuring out the new location of the backdoor from Radcliffe, Daisy convinced most of her teammates (even where necessary to do so with lies) to go there with her, Radcliffe used deceit to get an angry Fitz who wanted to kill Jemma there. Mack refused to take the leap of faith, saying that his daughter, Hope, is alive to him in this world; no matter who it was waiting for him on the other side he couldn’t live in a world without Hope. Daisy respected his wish (to my disapproval). Time would tell if he’d remain there, or of it’s another plot to further the story.

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AoS continues Tuesday on ABC

The Framework Is Twisted

I don’t think I can stop praising how effective Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been this season with their storytelling. This weeks episode (S04 E17) did in no way slow down the high tide it’s been riding with.

The episode starts by rehashing the final moments of E16, when Xoulson remembered Daisy. It turns out he remembers mostly her name, while the rest of his memories are returning in pieces. He does turn out to be an effective ally for Jemma and the resistance though.

Who remembers Mack and the tale of his daughter who died? Both come to play also. Mack is living a quiet life with Hope, up until someone in the Triskelion has the brilliant plan to arrest them as bait for Daisy to finally oust herself as a terrorist; which is what Aida calls S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Talking about Aida, she goes by the name, Madame Hydra in this world, and she has Fitz so wrapped around her fingers, Jemma appears to have no hope getting through to him.

Jemma, Coulson, and Ward pay a visit to Radcliffe, searching for a way out. Things go horribly south. Madame Hydra and Evil Fitz arrive in all their glories to arrest the submissives. At first Madame Hydra thinks she’s losing Fitz to Radcliffe’s fatherly love and all, but then he quickly proves himself worthy of her love and his new evil status quo.

Honourable mention this weeks goes to Agent May, she’s still as badass as ever; every moral inhibition in the real world doesn’t exist here as she’s 100% pro-Hydra.

This was a wonderful episode.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on The CW.

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S04 E16)

Astonishing plot twists – that’s what AoS continues to deliver this season.

This episode picked up almost where the last did. Once inside the framework, Daisy tried to locate Lincoln and Jemma immediately she got to work at the Hydra-led Triskelion. She tried her best to stay away from Ward, who surprisingly is revealed to be on her side in this world – he’s a part of the resistance, and his main aim is protecting Daisy from the inhuman hating Hydra.

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Jemima finally arrives the framework, and has to crawl out of her grave. She wastes no time trying to convince Coulson about whom he really is. This action tips Hydra, semi-led by and evil Fitz after her.

As expected, the person in charge of this world is no other than – Aida – Fitz reports to her.

Things are off to a dramatic start on the final pod of AoS this season. Aida has tweaked the framework so no one leaves, and with how real this world where everyone’s greatest pain has been corrected, there’s no telling the consequence of remaining in it for too long.

AoS airs Tuesdays on ABC.