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Arrow Recap: Things Oliver Queen Sucks At

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Yes, I know that’s technically not good grammar. But it sounds weird any other way. So there.

Arrow season 5 is giving fans a different view of Oliver Queen than before, and it’s not always a view that show’s our favorite arrow-wielding vigilante in his best light. Sure, Oliver is still kicking butt and shooting arrows better than everyone else, but this new season is showing that he isn’t always great at everything else.

The most recent episode, “The Recruits,” showed clearly that Oliver totally sucks at a bunch of things. And they are…

1. Training

Faced with the task of rebuilding his team, Oliver has reluctantly recruited Curtis, Mad Dog, and Evelyn Sharp. Now he just has to train them… You would think this wouldn’t be so hard, as all three have previously proven themselves to be badasses (even if Curtis can’t salmon-ladder as well as Oliver).

You would be wrong. Oliver mostly just yells at the new recruits and then makes them wear ugly t-shirts. Unsurprisingly, this makes them all quit. They only come back when Oliver reveals his identity and gets off his whole “stand on the line and ring the bell!” kick.

2. Being the mayor

We can only hope that the good people of Star City don’t notice how Thea is the one doing everything in the mayor’s office (including hiring Lance to… not be drunk? His specific job is vague otherwise).

3. Not making deals with people who turn out to be doing bad things

In one of Oliver’s rare attempts to be mayoral, he sets up a free clinic with what seems to be a lovely bit of corporate sponsorship.

They’re evil, of course. It takes many octopus-like attacks by Ragman (or whatever we’re calling them, see point #6) before Thea catches a corporate-type being bad.

4. Getting over Felicity

Does Oliver even know that Felicity is dating the world’s most trusting detective?

5. Keeping in touch with Diggle

Because he’s still a main character, it’s important for Arrow to catch up with John Diggle, even if Oliver does not. Too bad for Diggle though — he’s in Latvia (why not?), where his supposedly decent commanding officer decides to set-up John for stealing a nuclear warhead and killing a subordinate.

Oliver (or maybe his bratva buddies?) may need to help out.

6. Helping the audience get clarity on the various bad guys

Is it just me, or is keeping track of the villains on Arrow particularly hard this season? I mean, I know we’ve got Tobias Church being all crime-lordy. And there’s Ragman, who might be a good guy or he might be a bad guy or he might be out for something else. Also, is he the same person as Prometheus? Dark shadows and face-concealing costumes make that really hard to tell.

7. Keeping other people alive

While Oliver does do a better job of not causing deaths in the present-day (only maybe killing a henchman or two), the same cannot be said of Mr. Queen back in his bratva days. That bell-ringing exercise? However awful it seems in Star City, it was way worse back in Russia.

Oliver did ring the bell, but it cost everyone else their lives. Whoops.

What else does Oliver suck at? We’ll find out in the next Arrow, airing Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW.

 

The Flash Season 3 Premiere: 5 Quotes That Need Payoff This Season

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The Flash season 3 premiere ended with a giant question mark, as we are left to guess what has changed in the wake of Barry turning back time. While Flashpoint opens up all sorts of wild new plot opportunities for the show to explore, I hope that they take a few moments to remember to give a proper payoff to these plot threads that they previously set up.

“Suit or no suit that guy is a hero.” (Iris West)

“You don’t need a suit to be a hero” is a theme that has been touched upon in The Flash but not really explored as much as I’d like. The fact is that at the moment, there are more heroes in the show who do NOT wear suits (at least at present) than ones that do. Iris, as a reporter shining light on crime and corruption in the city, is heroic. Though we don’t see it nearly often enough, Joe’s work as a detective is heroic. Wells, Cisco and Caitlin are heroic when they do what is necessary to help the Flash.

Of course, the show has touched upon this theme on occasion. However, it is something that I think they would do well to highlight more significantly in the future. I always enjoy when any Superman series focuses on Clark’s ability to make a change as Clark Kent, a reporter for the Daily Planet. That you don’t need a cape – or a leather suit – to be a hero is a vital lesson in any superhero story.

Barry has a legion of supporting characters who aren’t superheroes (or aren’t superheroes yet). I would love to see an episode where the Flash is running around doing his thing, but the actual focus is on the ways the non-powered people in his life are also being true — if unsung — heroes. While we’ve had snippets, I would like the occasional spotlight.

“[H]e can do no wrong. And yet, they never fail to remind me that I can do no right.” (Cisco Ramon)

Cisco is one of the most interesting characters in the show to me, in the way he broke out of a rather bland and forgettable role as comic relief early on to become one of the best parts of the series.

At this point in the show, it’s hard to argue that Cisco doesn’t deserve a little love. He’s been a strong, steadfast friend to Barry and the rest of the team. He injects a little much-needed humor into every situation. And he has occasionally provided the pragmatic viewpoint that helps keep the team grounded. He has been, in his unwavering support and inventiveness, a true hero, but he likely doesn’t think of himself as one.

In the last season, Cisco has started to embrace his powers, which have even helped the team a time or two. He has also begun to mend the rift with his brother, extending an olive branch that I personally would prefer to use to beat some sense into Dante. And, of course, as part of Flash’s support system, he’s usually out of the spotlight.

For all the good he’s done, I think Cisco still thinks of himself as the less-favored brother. Moreover, I suspect he doesn’t see himself as a hero. This year, I would love to see him realize that he is a hero, even if he isn’t the one in the spotlight. Even if Cisco didn’t have his powers, his heart, along with his desire and ability to do whatever he can to help, make him a hero – and certainly make him the kind of son of whom any parent should be proud.

Also, get that man a girlfriend. Let’s be honest: he’s a hell of a catch.

“If Dr. Wells is who you say he is, then everything I’ve done since I’ve set foot in S.T.A.R. Labs has been a lie.” (Caitlin Snow)

It always annoyed me that Caitlin didn’t get a payoff to this line in the first season. After everything that happened in the last two years, it is even more important that the sentiment behind this line be addressed.

Everyone close to the Flash has had trials and tribulations in the past two years, and certainly Caitlin has faced her fair share. From the beginning, it was established that the life she was living was not the life she would have chosen, once upon a time. Losing Ronnie and facing Jay’s betrayal had to be bitter blows.

She has been more than one villain’s pawn, and her trust in the wrong person cost her a promising career and the man she loved. The show tried to sweep the latter under the rug last season, in her inexplicable and poorly developed romance with Jay. It’s time for the show to face these things head-on, and for them to give Caitlin’s character the respect of a proper payoff (and perhaps even character growth) for the things she’s been put through.

“[E]verything that’s happened to me the past few days is the best story I can never write.” (Linda Park)

For two years, fans have been clamoring for the show to give more highlight to Iris’s role as a reporter. As I’ve explored in other articles, she can play a key role in a story like The Flash, and as a reporter, she’s a hero in her own right.

But in a superhero story like this, being a reporter is a double-edged sword. True, her stories can help expose crime and corruption, every city’s more everyday (but in their own way, no less dangerous) villains. She can also continue to give the city hope in heroes like the Flash, giving them someone to look up to, to trust, to admire. It was, after all, what got her into reporting in the first place.

That said, she is no longer a reporter on the sideline, an outsider looking in. She not only knows the Flash’s identity, but she loves him. She knows his secrets, and she wants to protect him. Sometimes that will be at odds with the stories she needs to tell.

This push-and-pull was touched upon in the second season, when Scott wanted her to write a negative article about the Flash. She refused to do it then, but this will not be the last time she will be faced with such a task. She will also likely face moments in the future when she is privy to information that the people would feel they have a right – or even need – to know, but exposing it could put the man she loves at risk.

Seeing her struggle with her own dual identity, as the woman in love with Barry (and thus the Flash) and as a reporter, would be fascinating to watch. After all, heroes are defined by the way they respond to adversity, and Iris is a hero in her own right. Just as Barry has to balance his private life with his life as the Flash, so too does Iris have to balance her need to reveal the truth with protecting the man she loves.

“If Zoom finds out who you care for, who you love, who you live for, he’ll take them from you.” (Harry)

Talk about a line that had no payoff! Harrison Wells gave Barry this rather dire prediction last year, but it never came to pass, outside of a dream sequence. True, Zoom ended up using Wally to steal the Flash’s speed, and he did kidnap Caitlin. However, his motivations for kidnapping Caitlin were unequivocally to suit his own needs, his own desire for her. And was Wally the best way to pay off this line? I don’t think so, given that Barry and Wally were not terribly close at the time this happened.

Every superhero story has dealt with the question of how heroes keep the people they love safe. Everyone in Barry’s life has been endangered at one point or another because of their closeness to the speedster. However, there is certainly more depth to this plot than has been explored in the past. Just as I would like to see an episode focused on the team’s heroism, I would also love to see a sustained threat against the people closest to the Flash. I would love to see them have to acknowledge that what they are doing puts them in personal danger over the course of several episodes if not a decent chunk of a season, and for them to continue to choose to keep doing it.

And, of course, if one is looking for the person Barry loves and lives for, that person is Iris West, without question. As “Flashpoint” demonstrated, they always find their way back to each other. Of course, we have seen her ability to defend herself, but the threat of a villain that even Barry may not be able to stop would always be looming overhead. In the comics, characters like the Reverse Flash have tried to target Iris because of her relationship with Barry. Loving her may have helped him become the Flash, but the fear of losing her would also be his greatest weakness. Harry’s line offers a promise and a threat that provides the potential for such great drama, and I would love to see more payoff for it in the future.

“Flashpoint” offered a solid premiere that set The Flash on a very promising path in season 3, particularly after the comparative drudgery of season 2. If nothing else, it brought back the lighthearted, happy Barry that we so dearly missed last year. It is clear that they have definite ideas for where they want to take this season, but as excited as I am to see what they have in store for the future, I hope they haven’t completely forgotten these threads from the past.

If they can give these moments their proper payoff while moving forward into the bright new post-Flashpoint world, I think the show will be better than ever.

UnREAL Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Guerilla

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Woah – UnREAL season 2 is pulling out the big guns very early this year and I’m loving it. Never one to shy away from the scandalous, this week’s episode left me feeling like I’d just taken a spin in a washer and was still, somehow, a little dirty.

It seems that douchebag extreme, Chet, is still living out his Everblasting fantasies involving a bunch of scantily clad contestants competing in an obstacle course, complete with trampoline for those moneymaking slow-mo boob shots. He and Quinn remain at each others throats – but what else is new? In a slightly disturbing turn, disturbing even for Chet, we haphazardly discover throughout the episode that Chet has just lost custody of his baby son yet somehow by episode’s end, he’s seen taking the little guy out of his crib. Has Chet resorted to kidnapping?

Queen Bee meanwhile, is kicking ass and taking names – at other people’s expense of course. Is there any other way in Quinn world? Taking it upon herself to produce contestants this Everlasting episode, she creates a tale so twisted it had me cringing. How is it possible that I’m still shocked by the shenanigans on this show?

Quinn’s victim this week is Brandi, a MMA fighter with a troubled childhood and what appears to be several rage issues. After the obstacle race results in Brandi injuring fellow contestant Chantal, Quinn leads her to believe that the only way to get Darius to understand her is to reveal the sensitive story of her entire troubled childhood. As with all these contestants, Brandi does as she’s very cleverly manipulated to do, and it seems for a moment that Darius will forgive the obstacle course incident. In a moment that is so purely Quinn, she proceeds to hire an actress to play Brandi’s mum and paint the entire story of Brandi’s childhood as a twisted tale of lies. Lucky for Quinn, this creates Everlasting magic as Brandi straight out attacks Darius once he cuts her from the show.

Having produced an episode worthy of the TV exec gods, Quinn is convinced that smarmy exec Gary will now call off Coleman and hand her back the Everlasting reins. Unfortunately for her, just like it had been for Rachel an episode ago, things don’t work in her favor and all her grovelling gets her is a front row seat as Coleman is gifted a shiny new sports car. To make matters worse, Gary reveals to Quinn that it was Rachel who turned her in. Oh snap, shit’s about to go down.

Not one to deal with personal drama well, Rachel attempts to make a quick getaway rather than suffer the wrath of Quinn. I must mention that before all of this goes down, Rachel and Coleman spend the episode doing flirty banter really well. Coleman’s proving that he can hold his own among these two incredibly strong women and it’s nice to see Rachel sparring with someone on her own level. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Adam was great, but his character was more about the charm than anything else.

Back at Rachel planning her quick getaway, Coleman utters what we’ve all been thinking in an attempt to get her to stay: “You and me, we can make shows that actually mean something, shows that people need.” High five. Then they full on make out. More high fiving.

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Their hot make-out session is short lived though as Rachel is called to Darius’ room where it looks like he’s not doing very well. It will be interesting to see where his apparent injury leaves Everlasting but seeing as though Darius is shaping up to be a very smart bachelor, I’m sure him and Rachel will manage to figure out a very UnREAL way to work around it.

UnREAL Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: Insurgent

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It’s safe to say that, based on this week’s episode of UnREAL and the introduction of the intriguing Coleman Wasserman, I can already tell how the next few weeks are going to go. Can’t I just get all of UnREAL season 2 now?? Waiting is going to kill me.

Coleman who? Let me give you the rundown.

With Quinn and Chet back at each others throats, things are bound to get ugly. It took all of one episode for Quinn to reclaim her position in the driver’s seat and despite her assurances to Rachel that it’s only to get Chet off their backs, methinks the lady doth protest too much. Quinn’s the original Queen Bee of Everlasting. Did we really think she was going to let Rachel take her spot without any interference?

Of course, Rachel reacts to this much in the way I would if the same were done to me – scarfing donuts and hating the world. It’s likely this hating that leads to her getting rid of her meds and, unfortunately for her, we know from past experience that Rachel minus the meds is a surefire road to lots of embarrassment and tears.

Not helping the situation is the fact that Rachel’s one-time true love, Jeremy, seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to make her life a living hell. This includes joining Team Chet in the great Chet/Quinn battle of season 2.

 

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If you’re like me, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself many a time why Rachel doesn’t just leave her gig at Everlasting. I mean, with Quinn and her on the outs again, Jeremy despising her and Adam of the abs long-gone, what’s left?

You know what I think it is. It’s that Rachel can’t survive on anything else. This drama. These constant battles. This is what she thrives on. She literally has nothing else – and that’s pretty sucky.

In a misguided attempt to win back the power, Rachel hopes to usurp both Quinn and Chet by going directly to network president, Gary, and attempting to convince him to make her the new woman in charge. Sadly for her, Gary one-ups everyone by hiring a brand spanking new executive producer for the show – one Coleman Wasserman. He’s snarky, he’s smart and he’s adorable.

In his very words, this is going to be fun.  

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UnREAL Season 2 Is Back to Ruffle Your Feathers

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If I’m being honest, I measured at least half of my teenage relationships, or lack thereof, on Roswell‘s Max and Liz fairy tale. Sure, Michael and Maria had that whole sizzling, tear each others clothes of thing going on, but Max and Liz, man, they were something else entirely on the teen alien show. Fate. Soulmates. The classic girl next door meets loner boy from another planet.

I know it may seem kind of random to come into this unREAL recap reminiscing about my teenage thoughts on Roswell, but I feel it’s apt, since Shiri Appleby and the journal-writing, science-loving Every Girl she embodied back in the 90s was my go-to point of reference for what the perfect teenage girl should be like. I guess what I’m getting at is, look how far we’ve come.

Shiri Appleby as Rachel Goldberg on unREAL is pure television gold. To see an actress you’ve so long associated with one type of character, first in Roswell and then in the very entertaining, sadly short-lived Life Unexpected, stray so far from that good-girl image and do it oh-so-well, makes for the best kind of TV. Rachel Goldberg is so multi-faceted and so real, that it’s often hard to pinpoint if you love her, want to be her, or want to throw her off a cliff. She reminds me a bit of another strong female role-player in that sense – Annalise Keating. Both strong, both unapologetically who they are, both able to hide their vulnerabilities so well it makes watching the cracks start to appear even more entertaining.

I’ve gotta hand it to Rachel though – in the season 2 opener of what was undeniably the best show of 2015 and what is sure to be one of the best of 2016 – she appears uncannily put-together. Sure, there are a few questionable moments where she flirts precariously on the line between semi-sane and morphing back into the aahh-mazing train wreck of season one, but she holds it together well. Even in the face of sometimes-mother-figure, most-times-straight-up-ice-queen-Quinn doing a Jekyll and Hyde on her faster than you can blink.

Here’s basically how it goes down in the unREAL season 2 premiere.

Everlasting, or as the noticeably slimmer, still creepy Chet so lovingly calls it, EverBlasting, is back, this time with Rachel at the helm and Quinn filling Chet’s old spot.

Adam’s long gone, after being screwed on all fronts last season. I’m slightly sad to no longer see his pretty little face. Thankfully, we have a new pretty face to ease the pain. This year’s series stud, in addition to being Everlasting’s first black suitor, is also a mystery – flitting between egomaniacal football star to slightly sensitive mamma’s boy for much of the episode. I can’t quite figure him out which means that he is sure to be fire on screen.

Jilted ex-fiance and he of the beard, Jeremy, is back from his trip to Rachel’s mum’s last season and appears to be hell-bent on ruining Rachel’s life. Lucky for him, she’s done pretty well with that herself, so it’s going to be interesting to see who wins in their sticky battle.

Slimy Chet is fresh off a people-with-too-much-money-would-fall-for-anything retreat, clean, sober, and a good few pounds lighter. Too bad his period of enlightenment didn’t do much to help his general dickishness and he spends most of the episode trying to one-up Quinn. Speaking of the Queen Bee, she’s not having any of Rachel taking the reigns and by episode’s end she’s stepped in and reclaimed her throne. It’s going to be electric to watch.

Throw in a bunch of bachelorettes even more screwed up than last season’s, a few down and dirty montages and a reference to tanned balls, and it’s safe to say that UnREAL’s back, and better than ever.

Watch it. Seriously. You can thank me later.

Arrow Season 4 Finale: Defeating Darhk

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Arrow has been something of a roller coaster this year, what with strange subplots and death and magic twists all over the place. What does this mean for the Arrow season 4 finale? Keep reading to find out!

Evil Guy Isn’t Done Eviling

Damien Darhk’s grand plan may have been reduced to Stepfordian rubble in the previous episode, but he’s got plenty of evil left. And where does one direct evil when short on time? At Felicity Smoak, of course!

A bunch of threats from everyone later and Curtis Holt is bleeding on the floor while Darhk gets away with his scowling daughter (appropriate for the only child of an evil demigod, I guess). Oh, and he got all the Rubicon access info too, so that nuclear apocalypse scenario is back on.

Yes, he’s cool with just destroying the world. No, that makes no sense. But Damien Darhk is eeeeeeeevvvvviiilllll so don’t overthink it.

It’s Bad, In Case You Missed That

“We only have 45 minutes.” Conveniently, the time until Star City finally meets its maker is roughly the amount of time left in the Arrow episode at this point.

While the loved ones hunker down in bunkers, the heroes sit around being all hopeless and despondent and stuff like that. Even an ARGUS attack on Darhk does little to dispel the negativity, particularly after they all die horribly off-screen.

Then a bunch of people with machine guns infiltrate the secret lair. Does anyone not know where that place is now? Fortunately, those with guns are henchmen whose bullets are guaranteed to miss most of their targets. The good guys therefore fend off the attack, with surprising assists from Malcolm Merlyn and a club-wielding Felicity.

“A sane person wouldn’t live here.”

Everyone makes it through the attack OK, but they’re even more mopey than before. Felicity even confronts Oliver on the fact that he has given up hope completely.

On the plus side, Curtis isn’t dead. Near-fatal injuries notwithstanding, he’s got hope to spare — along with the rather astute observation that only crazy people still live in Star City, what with the near-destruction that happens weekly.

It’s enough. Oliver immediately rushes into a riot-ish street and stands on a taxi to give a rousing speech to the masses.

OK, is it just me, or does the setting of this particular speech seem a lot like a similar scene in Sharknado 2? Only without sharks and chainsaws.

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Sharks or missiles? Hard to tell…

Instead of a flying shark, a nuclear missile comes flying at the city. Did you know that you can just disarm those things with some basic electronics and witty banter? Apparently you can, which is something Felicity and Curtis should maybe tell the rest of the world before all the rest of the nukes arrive.

Darhk Just Wants to End the World in Peace… Not Gonna Happen

With the speeches and nuke-stopping tech over, it’s time to move on to some other stuff. Oliver decides to head to City Hall. Diggle wants to go to, but Oliver wants him to stay behind and rally the troops. That can only happen after Lyla pep-talks him a bit though.

Oliver and Darhk go fight at the same time. Although Oliver gets beaten up for a while, most of this is just a set-up so that the citizens of Star City can rise up en masse against Darhk. There’s a bunch of magic involved with this, effectively cancelling out Darhk’s typical advantage.

It quickly devolves into a street brawl.

Down in a bunker somewhere, Felicity finds Cooper, who’s still running Rubicon because he hurts or something. This is kind of vague, but the important thing is that Felicity inspires her ex to save the world instead of ending it.

Then he dies horribly, because that was Darhk’s punishment for the “weak-willed dust mite.”

No Choice

Back at the rumble, everyone brings back-up — Ghosts and Team Arrow and random city-folk with clubs — and the whole thing goes nuts. Darhk even manages to shoot Oliver with one of the hero’s own arrows, but it doesn’t take. Oliver has to win now, after all.

Alas, to win, Oliver does need to go back to his old, killing ways. It’s fair, I suppose, to say that Oliver really has no choice but to kill Darhk, considering that the man is a magic-wielding, nihilistic, genocidal immortal otherwise.

Adios, Damien Darhk!

Oh yeah, and Curtis and Felicity stop all the other nuclear warheads from hitting targets by… Honestly, I have no clue how they do it. It involves computers.

Saying Goodbye

The team meets up after Darhk’s defeat and complains briefly about the mess in the lair before the goodbyes begin. Lance is off to a much-needed vacation with Donna Smoak. Thea follows suit by pointing out that she really, really needs a break from the killing. Diggle wants a break too, which is totally fair when you consider that he probably hasn’t been paid in a couple of years and never gets vacation days. Of course, Diggle’s idea of a vacation seems to be going back to active military duty.

Felicity’s cool with staying though and gets practically giddy with the idea of going back to Team Arrow OG.

Meanwhile, On Evil-Foreshadowing Island

Baron Reiter and the Russian-chick-whose-name-I-still-keep-forgetting (Taiana, actually) have a death-magic stare-off that ends in Reiter dead and Taiana all death-crazed nutty. She almost kills Oliver before demanding her own death.

He does it — remember, this is pre-“I’m not going to kill people” Oliver, and he kills people sometimes.

The remaining former prisoners on the Island briefly threaten Oliver but they all agree that it’s OK, because Oliver’s radio to ARGUS is the only way to leave this place. ARGUS grabs the Evil Mask of Doom, and everyone gets to go home.

Except Oliver. He’s going to Russia now.

New Beginning?

Oliver finishes up the episode back in the cemetery, talking to Laurel’s tombstone and being all sad. On the plus side, Felicity’s still hanging out and being cheerful. She points out that Oliver has an internal schism, fighting his dark and light sides.

Then Oliver gets appointed mayor.

That’s what happens when you give a rousing speech in a crisis. And when every other possible candidate is very, very dead. He’ll be a busy guy next season, what with running a city and stopping crime with only Felicity still by his side…

The Flash Season 2 Finale Recap: Control-Alt… Reboot

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The Flash season 2 finale had a number of things people were waiting eagerly for. The reveal of the Man in the Iron Mask. The final face-off against Zoom. A Westallen kiss. And then, in true Flash style, they took all those wrapped up storylines and threw a curve ball to undo everything and cause all fan’s heads to explode all summer long.

Bye, Zoom

Admittedly the most necessary – if least interesting – part of this episode had to do with the season’s Big Bad himself: Zoom. Zoom’s story hasn’t made a lot of sense this season, and it wasn’t much clarified in this episode.

Essentially, he wants to race against Barry to siphon off their energy to power a device that’s called a Magnatar – that in no way makes me feel like a Transformers villain. Once it’s powered up, it’ll send out a pulse that will destroy every other Earth. It appears he doesn’t want to take the chance that anyone from any other Earth will ever be faster than he is.

Zoom’s always been petty.

Nobody else is down with the “Barry races Zoom and maybe destroys the multiverse” plan – even knowing Zoom plans to kill them all if Barry refuses or loses the race. They think Barry is currently too emotional (he is) and focused on revenge (he DEFINITELY is) and in this mindset, he may not be able to win (a definite concern). Wells and Joe team up to shoot him in the back with what looks like an elephant tranquilizer and lock him in a cell while they try Plan B.

Plan B consists of Caitlin distracting Jay by talking to him about the darkness in her while the others shoot him with a tranquilizer and shove him through the breach, sealing it for good thereafter. Things don’t go quite as planned. For one, although Jay falls for Cailtin’s act, he decides it’s too late and tries to kill her. Fortunately for her, she’s a hologram. The tranquilizer gun jams, so Joe has to race forward to stab him by hand, and when Harry shoots Zoom through the portal, he takes Joe along for the ride.

When Wally finds out that Joe is at Zoom’s mercy and that the team had preemptively agreed to seal the breaches for good regardless of the consequences, he decides he’s having none of this “Team Flash” nonsense and lets Barry out of the cell. Everyone is still concerned about his state of mind, but it’s hard to argue that they’re running out of time.

Race against Zoom he does, and they charge up the Magnatar, which supposedly can’t be turned off once it’s charged. However, in a twist, Barry has made a time remnant of his own for just this eventuality. While he faces off against Zoom, the remnant races around the Doomsday Machine to counteract its frequency. The action kills him, but it also saves the multiverse, so job well done!

However, all these remnants have gotten the time wraiths’ attention from wherever I presume they were vacationing in Bali, since Zoom’s been going through remnants like they’re tissues during a Barry/Nora scene. The wraiths come for Barry but realize Zoom’s a more attractive meal and drag him off in a storm of special effects that are a little reminiscent of The Mummy.

Who Is That Masked Man?

In a soliloquy, Jay confesses to Joe that the Man in the Iron Mask is Jay Garrick, a speedster from yet another Earth. He captured him to try to steal his speed but couldn’t, so he keeps him as a trophy since he got what he wanted from Barry. Of course, once Barry loses the race, he plans to put him in another cell like the world’s creepiest zoo.

Once Zoom is defeated, they manage to get the mask off and discover its – dun dun DUUUUN! – John Wesley Shipp, playing Earth 3 Jay Garrick. The penny finally drops for Barry that his dad’s throwaway line that “Garrick” is an old family name was actually important. He is a speedster but seems to have no relation to Barry or knowledge he’s E1 Henry Allen’s doppelganger. He does wear a classic Flash costume and decides to add Hunter’s helmet to the ensemble to make it a symbol of hope again.

Guys, seriously. When an item has become a totem for a serial killer, you can really just bury it and never mention it again.

Barry freaks out at seeing his dad’s double but holds his tongue while Harry and Jesse decide to go back to Earth 2 to try to find a way to get Jay back home to Earth 3. Jay takes them into the portal, but I’m sure it’s hardly the last we’ll see of them. Jesse’s friends can’t be THAT interesting.

The Path of Guilt

While fans had hoped to see a happier Barry in Earth 2, we see him at his darkest hour in this episode. He asks Iris how he can ever find peace with losing his dad when he’d just found it over his mom. She points out that he has to find a way or it’ll tear him apart. Wise words, but guilt over a parent’s death is never easy to let go of, believe me.

After seeing his dad’s double, Barry confesses to Iris that seeing him should have made his loss easier but it really just makes him miss his father more. Iris hopes that maybe a future for the two of them will give him something to look forward to. Sadly, while that’s all he’s ever wanted, Barry is concerned that he’s too broken to give her that future at the moment.

Their love is too strong to be deterred for long, so Iris reassures him that she’ll wait for him for as long as he waited for her, if need be. He should go do whatever he needs to do because she’ll be waiting for him when he gets back. They confess their love for each other – they love each other and always will – and have a sweet, simple kiss.

However, if Westallen fans thought they might have a summer to relish this newfound relationship and their love for each other, the show wasn’t quite done with us yet. Looking through the window at Iris, Barry apologizes for what he has to do.

He races away, into the past, running back to the moment when his mother was murdered. This time, he stops Reverse Flash from murdering her. His past (Season 1) self evaporates, and Nora begs him not to hurt her but he reassures her he won’t. He’s saved her life – Flashpoint Paradox, anyone?

This is what everyone was expecting at the end of last season, and it’s certainly going to throw a monkey wrench into the next one. However, I have no doubt that the timeline will be returned to its current status.

Remember, when Barry tried to save her in Season 1, his future self stopped him – as if he knew that the consequences for saving her would be worse than letting her go. I’m sure that Barry was the Barry for Season 3, and I’m curious to know what they’ll do in the interim.

But once this gets put to rights, can we stop going back into the past to rewrite history every time these two lovebirds finally get on the same page and kiss?

The Originals Season 3 Finale: The Bloody Crown

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Last night was the Originals season 3 finale. The vampire show saw all of the Mikaelson siblings’ lives in jeopardy and a return of a fan favorite, Rebekah Mikaelson. Rebekah and her siblings rushed against time to take down the newly more powerful, Marcel.

The episode begins with Marcel still in the water and some flashbacks. The first are of Klaus giving him the name Marcellus and calling his family. The last is of Elijah teaching Marcel piano. Marcel leaves the water.

Over at the Mikaelson compound, Elijah gently strokes Hayley’s back as she sleeps. When she wakes, she asks if he had been watching her sleep. He had been. He then kisses her hand. Hayley tells him that despite all that what has happened, Elijah still has people who are here for him.

Klaus is holding Hope and talking to her. Elijah comes and says that he won’t ask for his forgiveness. He had no choice but to kill Marcel. They protect the family at every cost.

Meanwhile, Freya tells Kol that she can’t sleep; something doesn’t feel right. With a spell, she uses a map to trace Klaus’ enemies. The map reveals that his enemies are heading to New Orleans.

While visiting Davina’s crypt, Marcel is told by Vincent that Davina had helped with taking down the Ancestors. Marcel tells Vincent that is it now time for him to do is part. Vincent worries about the innocent citizens who may get caught in the crossfire.

The Mikaelsons are still safely protected in their compound. Separate from her siblings, Freya is doing a spell when a vampire cuts her throat. More vampires, including Marcel, surround her siblings in the other room.

The Mikaelsons are confused about how Marcel is alive and how they got into the compound. Marcel had friends who helped with the dead issue. And he had to be a step ahead of them, of he would have been dead for good. Also the vampires who arrived with him were part of Klaus’ sire line until it broke.

Elijah tells Marcel that his anger is directed at him and not Klaus. Doesn’t matter- Marcel believes that if you take on one Mikaelson, you take them all on.

Meanwhile, Vincent meets with the witches and lets them know the Ancestors none longer are linked to them. The witches voice concern about the vampire problem. And Vincent tells them that Marcel is handling that.

Detective Kinney was at the speech and informs Vincent of a recent crime that he can’t call in. he needs Vincent to come check it out. Kinney takes Vincent to Marcel’s vampire fight club/old church. Dead bodies of the Strix lay on the ground. While there, a vampire attacks Kinney.

Hayley comes to Freya’s aid and attacks the vampire who attacked her. Freya tells her that she has been poisoned. Hayley takes down another vampire and leads Freya to her safety. When safe, Hayley gives Freya some of her blood to drink.

Freya tells Hayley that Lucien had an antidote for the poison and that she doesn’t have enough power to defeat Marcel. Hayley says there is only one thing to do and leaves.

Meanwhile, Kol tells Marcel that he loved Davina and that Marcel’s actions will break her heart. He believes that this is an insult to her memory. Marcel attacks and bites him. Elijah gets bit too. Klaus and Marcel are about to fight, but then Rebekah steps in.

She tells Klaus to take their brothers and leave. Marcel won’t hurt her. Klaus follows her orders.

Freya and Hayley are searching Lucien’s penthouse for the antidote. If they can’t find the cure, then Freya dies. Klaus brings his brothers there. In total, they will need three different cures. One for her, another for Kol and Elijah, and the last for Rebekah.

Rebekah tells Marcel to cure her brothers, but there isn’t a cure. They are going to die, and Klaus will follow suit. Rebekah wonders if she is next and grabs Marcel’s neck, but Marcel says that he’s not going to hurt her. However, he doesn’t plan on backing down.

Rebekah says that the Marcel that she knew and loved would have never done this. Marcel says that she wants justice and that’s more than they ever offered him. But he doesn’t agree to give them justice.

Meanwhile, Freya is tending to Kol. And Klaus and Elijah talk. Elijah tells Klaus to take care of Hayley. Klaus says that Marcel will pay. Elijah considers himself to blame for all of them. And then Klaus says he doesn’t believe that he can do this without Elijah. They hug, and Elijah tells him that he needs to be strong for Hope and Hayley. They still need him.

The vampires are destroying the Mikaelson compound, breaking, trashing, and tearing things. Rebekah calls Klaus and informs him that Marcel is allowing for him to have a trial. His old sire line will determine his faith. If Klaus doesn’t arrive for a trial, they will tear the city up looking for him.

Kol is getting worse and calling out for Davina, and his other siblings discuss strategy.  Elijah tells Hayley to take Hope and leave the city, but Hayley isn’t leaving. Freya tells Klaus that the trial is the easy part. He has to come out alive to save them.

Klaus leaves a note in Hope’s crib and Hayley wants go with Klaus. He says no. He also says that he was wrong for keeping her from Hope.

Rebekah meets Klaus at the compound. Freya stays at the Penthouse to do the spell. She tells him that for Freya’s plan to work she can’t go mad and he can’t die. They enter.

Marcel mockingly tells Klaus that it is an honor for him to grace them with his presence. Klaus says that he has nothing to hide. This causes the crowd to yell. Marcel wonders how it feels to be this hated. Klaus understands that his sins are terrible, but they taught the world to fear him. And that fear is what protected him and his family. Marcel snaps back. He was considered family, and look where that left him?

Marcel points to individuals in the crowd and lists of the horrible things that Klaus had done to them. Klaus retorts with without him they would be alone which in turns causes Marcel to wonder if Klaus turned them because he was lonely.

In the end, Klaus made them in his image, but took everything they loved and abandoned them. He must pay. Rebekah steps in. They will not condemn Klaus without letting her speak on his behalf.

She asks the crowd how this is different from any of their actions. They all fight for power. Klaus’ was only trying to protect his family; it’s his first instinct. They would all do the same.

Marcel tells her that her argument is weak because it is on the basis that all is fair in the defense of family. He reminds her of when she was punished because of Klaus’ fear that she might love someone more than him. As Marcel speaks, Rebekah’s mark on her arm begins to burn and she holds it.

She tells him that they have been together for years, of course they are going to have a few fights. Marcel asks if it was a little fight when she was daggered for loving him. Rebekah warns him to stop, as her mark burns more. Rebekah’s curse begins to take control over her. Then she says that he is right and that she hasn’t been honest. It’s time to tell the truth about her brother now. Klaus tells her that she’s not well, but Marcel demands that he let her speak. Rebekah tells them that Klaus can’t handle the truth.

He murdered their mother and both of his fathers. He breaks hearts. She envies all of them, because they are free from him. She is forever chained to him because of a “foolish” promise they made when they were children. The crowd has reached a decision.

Meanwhile, Elijah is sweating and shaking. He tells Hayley that he saw her in his dream. He was holding her and she was happy. She tells him that it wasn’t dream. He did hold her, and she was happy. Elijah tells her that if Klaus doesn’t make it, she has to promise him that she will get far away from this place and be happy.

Klaus tells Marcel that he is disappointed that his ill sister was used. He also blames Marcel for Davina’s death. Klaus owns up to his sins. He tells the crowd that the reason they are here because of him. Their immortality came from him. It’s a gift, and they will never be able to repay that debt.

He tells them that they can kill him; he owes them nothing. He welcomes “the peace of death compared to this tedium and the scales remind in his favor.” In the end, he will be the winner. They will forever remember him, their maker.

Rebekah shouts that death would be too good for him. He needs to suffer. The crowds yells. Marcel says that Klaus’ fate will be worse than death. He pulls out a blade that is filled with dark magic. The blade will cause “unending agony”. The crowd grab Klaus and present him to Marcel. Marcel daggers him.

Rebekah goes outside and calls Freya. Their plan worked. It is up to Hayley to make the sacrifice count. Freya uses the blood of her and her siblings and does a spell. When the spell is complete, the Mikaelson siblings pass out. Hayley is the only one left.

Vincent lets Marcel know that he’s aware that he killed the Strix members. Vincent believes that Marcel is just as dangerous as Klaus. He doesn’t do what is necessary, he just does what he wants to do. Vincent says that Kinney got hurt because Marcel got sloppy.

Vincent tells Marcel that the vampire fight club is now his. He’s making it a church again and anyone- vampire, human, witch, anything- is allowed to attend. If Marcel has any issues with that, Vincent is willing to damn all consequences and act just like Marcel.

Meanwhile, Hayley loads the Mikaelsons into coffins. She lingers on Elijah’s longer and kiss him before she closes it. They are in a moving truck, with her and Hope up front. Klaus’ letter, for Hope, is read as a voice over. He had to do whatever it takes to save his family.

Elsewhere, Kol, Rebekah, Elijah, and Freya are currently in a spell that Freya had created. It is a form of the spell that Dahlia had used on her.

Where they are is bright and full of flowers. In the real world, they are in a deep sleep until Hayley can find a cure for them. They are linked to Klaus’ life force.

Rebekah tells her siblings that Klaus saved them, while he is in agony. Marcel traps Klaus’ body behind a brick wall.

In the letter, Klaus writes that he regrets that he has to be away from Hope. However, because of his sacrifice she will be allowed to grow. She will give them hope. Hope and Hayley drive out of New Orleans.

Memorable Quotes:

  • “We’re still here.” –Hayley
  • “Like always the Mikaelsons made my choice for me.”- Marcel
  • “I am taking back my home, my city, my freedom.”-Marcel
  • “Not our finest moment, Niklaus.”-Elijah
  • “I can’t do this without you, Elijah.”-Klaus
  • “You will remember me. Klaus Mikaelson, your maker.”-Klaus
  • “The king is dead or all hail the king?”- Vincent
  • “You are and will always will be our hope.”-Klaus

Gotham Recap: Wrath of the Villians – A Legion of Horribles

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Gotham brought back a key player in the newest episode and set up the season finale. The episode also introduced a major organization and another villain from the Batman comics into the series, and a character got a somewhat clone. The episode was quite fast paced, and left characters trapped in dangerous situations.

The episode begins where last week’s left off. Selina is desperately trying to escape from Firefly and her flamethrower. Selina does eventually knock Firefly out with a punch.

Meanwhile, Bruce begins to worry about Selina’s whereabouts when she doesn’t show up to the rooftop.

At the GCPD, temporary captain, Bullock, is having a press conference about Theo Galavan’s death. After, Jim Gordon tells him that he needs to bring Hugo Strange in. However, because there is no evidence, Bullock can’t.
Bruce comes to the GCPD to tell Jim that something may have happened to Selina.

Elsewhere, a mystery woman watches the news report about Azrael. This prompts her to make a call. She believes that Hug Strange is out of control; she tells the receiver of the call that they need to gather the Court. Directly by the phone lays an owl mask. Could it be the Court of Owls?! Intriguing.

Hugo Strange brings another man back to life. The patient wakes up confused. And when he pulls his cheeks, it stretches. According to Hugo, this is caused by “octopod DNA.”

Miss Peabody voices concern about their employees shutting them down because none of their patients have awaken with their memories. Hugo Strange moves on to Subject 13, Fish Mooney.

Alfred is upset with Bruce because he got Selina involved. Alfred and Bruce along with Jim Gordon and Lucius Fox come up with a plan to get into Indian Hill. Bruce and Lucius are going to go there for a tour. While there Lucius will be able to use a Geiger counter to trace the lab.

Alfred tells Bruce that for the past two years he has been trying to keep him safe. Thomas Wayne fought for what he believed in and Alfred doesn’t planning on stopping Bruce from doing so.

Meanwhile, Hugo had used a DNA from a cuttlefish to recover Fish Mooney. He also plans to use a stronger charge to wake her up. The charge works, and she wakes up.

Because Ed Nygma attempted to escape he now has a new cellmate. Someone who used to eat people. Ed tells Miss Peabody that Jim Gordon has been there twice, he has to know something. Ed believes that they’re going to need his help.

Now that Fish Mooney has been brought back, Hugo Strange attempts to tell her of her new origins. She is to be a war goddess named Andraste. His plan would have probably worked if she hadn’t had her memory. But nope, Fish Mooney knows exactly who she is.

Hugo believes that their “masters” will be pleased that someone was brought back with their memories intact. Miss Peabody asks him about Ed’s offer, and he agrees to it. Moments later, they get word that Bruce Wayne and a Wayne Enterprise employee have shown up.

Hugo goes to meet Bruce and Lucius. He tells Bruce that what had happened to his parents was a tragedy. Bruce informs Hugo that he wants to know how the money Wayne Enterprises supplies to Arkham is being spent.

He requests that Lucius be given a tour, and that him and Hugo talk. Hugo agrees. Before he leaves, Lucius goes to his car and opens the truck revealing Jim Gordon. He tells Jim that if he sees anything, he’ll mark it.  Jim, now dressed as an Arkham guard, gets inside Arkham by claiming that he had lost his guard ID and that he plans to get another one soon.

Miss Peabody leads Lucius into the rec room, and Lucius makes a comment about the uniforms.

Meanwhile, Hugo skips right to the point and tells Bruce that Jim came by and asked about a project that him and Thomas had been working on years ago. He wonders if that is the same reason Bruce is visiting. Bruce plays it off.

Hugo tells Bruce that he understands that Bruce wants answers, a reason, and someone to blame for his parent’s murder. Bruce says that there is someone to blame for their murder, and Hugo agrees.

Miss Peabody spots Lucius’ Geiger counter. Lucius lies and says that he is measuring the air quality with it. As Miss Peabody continues on walking, the counter goes off. Lucius marks the wall.

Meanwhile, Hugo believes that Bruce reminds him of Thomas. They have the same look in their eyes, certainty. He warns Bruce that he needs to make the choice that his father did not.

Jim finds the mark made by Lucius.

Hugo tells Bruce that the answers to who killed his parents are right in front of him. His father is the one who made him an orphan. Thomas knew what he did, and he did it anyway. Once again, Hugo begs Bruce to not follow his father’s led.

Bruce tells Hugo that his father fought and died for what he believed was right, and if necessary he will do the same. Hugo pushes a button and commands the guards to take them- referring to Bruce, Lucius, and Jim. Guards come for all three.

Elsewhere, Selina is using Firefly’s flame thrower to melt the wall so that she can escape. Firefly begins to wake.

Fish Mooney is in her cell when a guard comes and brings her lunch. She grabs his hands and says that she wants him to make her a grilled cheese sandwich. He turns and leaves.

Miss Peabody tells Hugo that someone will come looking for Bruce and that Hugo likes him. Hugo doesn’t deny it. He thinks that Bruce reminds him of Thomas. Miss Peabody thinks that he is a threat.

They get a call from the mystery woman, now wearing the mask, from the earlier in the episode. Hugo tells her that everything is under control. But she doesn’t have much faith in him. He then tells her that he succeeded in bringing someone back with their previous memories intact. He can repeat the process if given time. She tells him to find out what the Wayne boy knows and then destroy every evidence of Indian Hill. Everything will be moved to a “facility upstate”.

The guard brings Fish Mooney a grilled cheese. She confused about why he did. After he leaves, she discovers that she has some type of persuasion power.

Wide awake and with a new flame thrower, Firefly is ready to kill Selina again. She is the Goddess of Fire. Selina attempts to remind her of the person she used to be. Firefly ends up remembering how she killed her brothers. However, the newly discovered memory doesn’t defer Firefly from trying to kill Selina.

Selina uses the flamethrower in her hand to blast Firefly. It doesn’t work, because fire can’t hurt her. Quick on her feet, Selina tells Firefly that she’ll be her servant. Every goddess needs a servant.

Alfred goes to Bullock to tell him that Bruce, Jim, and Lucius are still at Arkham. Bullocks gathers up the strike force.

Meanwhile, Lucius and Bruce are locked up in a room together, unsure where Jim is. Bruce apologizes for getting them involved. But Lucius says that they got involved because they wanted to. They weren’t forced. Ed’s voice comes over the intercom. Ed wants to know what Bruce and Lucius know. If they don’t talk, then poison gas will enter the room.

Jim is brought to Hugo, and then strapped down to a chair. Then a metal looking device is put over his head and a white solution is poured into it.

They take the device off of Jim’s head and bring in the patient who had the stretchy skin. His name is Basil Karlo, also known as Clayface in the comics. Hugo describes him as a performer and a “chameleon of sorts.” The device is put over Basil’s head.

The GCPD is on their way, but will they make it in time to save them?

Bruce and Lucius are still trapped. Firefly accepted Selina as her servant. And Fish looks at her hands, no doubt attempting to understand how she has powers.

Meanwhile, when the device is taken off of Basil’s head, he looks exactly like Jim. He doesn’t have hair, but Hugo gives him a wig. Basil is also able to sound just like Jim.

The Originals Recap: Give ‘Em Hell, Kid

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The episode begins with what appears to be Cami’s funeral. A band plays in the street and a horse and carriage is pulling a coffin. By voiceover, Vincent is reading a prayer. Elijah is shown getting ready for a funeral while Klaus still mourns. Like Elijah, Marcel and Josh are in black suits.

At the cemetery, Vincent is still speaking. Kol, Josh, and Marcel are there, and it is revealed that this is Davina’s funeral. When Vincent is done, Josh says that Davina was the only person he told about his first ex-boyfriend. She was like a sister and a best friend to him.

Kol doesn’t speak, and when it is time for Marcel to speak, he says that words are not any good and that the Mikaelsons will answer for their actions.

At Cami’s wake, Elijah tells Hayley that Cami would appreciate would she had done. Hayley asks about Klaus.

Several episodes ago, Klaus compelled Detective Will Kinney to forget him. Now, Detective Kinney tells Klaus that he looks familiar. Klaus plays it off and says that he has one of those faces. Kinney, then, asks if he knew how Cami died. Klaus says that it was an accident.

Marcel shows up to the wake and lays a flower with the others. He doesn’t say a word to Klaus as he leaves. Elijah tells Klaus that he needs more time. Klaus says that time won’t bring Davina back.

Meanwhile at the Mikaelson compound, Kol speaks to Freya. He wants to know if she knew that Davina’s funeral was today and if she skipped Cami’s because of her guilt. Freya says that she needs to channel the remains of Lucien’s oracle to see if the prophecy still is happening.

Kol says that he hopes the prophecy is true and that they all rot in hell. He’s leaving because there is nothing left for him here.

Elsewhere, Kinney tells Vincent that something is going on in the city. Vincent says that what is happening is a curse, and that he should be careful what he wishes for. Kinney still wants to know what happened to Cami; there was no coroner’s report or death certificate. Vincent tells Kinney to follow him.

At Marcel’s penthouse, Josh is heavily drinking. Marcel tells him to slow down. Josh asks about Marcel’s declaration of war against the Mikaelsons. Marcel shows Josh the serum. Josh doesn’t believe that is a good plan. Josh says it didn’t work well for Lucien, and would Davina would haven’t wanted this?

Meanwhile, Freya is trying to see the prophecy but it keeps fading. When Elijah puts his hand on her shoulder, she sees something. Elijah give her his hand, and they see Marcel attacking them, Hayley, with blood on her face, holding Hope, and Klaus daggered. They also see Elijah dead from a bite. Freya and Elijah realize that Vincent must have given the serum to Marcel. Freya was only able to channel the ancestor’s power to defeat Lucien. She won’t be able to stop Marcel if he turns. Elijah goes to find Marcel.

Meanwhile, Klaus is with Marcel, and Marcel says that they did to Davina wrong. She would have been brought back if it hadn’t of been an inconvenience to his family. Klaus says there was no other way. Lucien had to die.

Marcel wonders what he is to Klaus. Is he a friend? A sidekick or an ally? Because if he is, he isn’t treated like one. Klaus says that they are blood, and even though they fight, they are still family. Marcel says that once upon a time, Klaus had been his mentor, savior, and sire; never his brother. But now Klaus is nothing to him. Klaus wants a chance to prove that Marcel is wrong, so he asks Marcel to come with him. Marcel agrees, and while Klaus isn’t looking slip the serum in his pocket.

Kol hears a music box playing, and wonder who caused it to. Then a matches catches fire and the door closes. And when he looks in the mirror, he sees Davina. She chokes him and he tells her he didn’t mean to hurt her. He loved her. And in a second, she is gone, and everything is back to normal.

Vincent brings Kinney to his old house where he lived with his crazy ex-wife. She used to perform ritual sacrifice there; she also tried to siphon the power of the Ancestors. She wanted to make a battery like object which can house negative energy. Vincent tells Kinney that witchcraft was supposed to keep things in balance and protect New Orleans. That all changed when the Ancestors made a deal with Lucien. Vincent says that is how Cami died.

Meanwhile, Klaus takes Marcel to the bridge where Marcel had spread his father’s ashes. Klaus tells Marcel that he did something that he could never do. He released his hatred. On that day, Klaus saw his full potential. When Klaus tells Marcel that he was his son, Marcel laughs. Marcel believes that Klaus thinks that Marcel would feel like he owed him something. He doesn’t. Marcel says that he has paid back any debts that he owed already. Klaus says that he raised Marcel in his image, but when he saw that he could be better, he began to fear him. Marcel never wanted to be better than Klaus. Well, not until Klaus tried to hold him back. According to Klaus, they will always be family. They are bonded by fate, history, and blood. And then Elijah arrives.

Elsewhere, a SWAT, led by Kinney, charges into a shop where witches are chanting. The witches are arrested for animal cruelty and other things. When they are gone, Vincent collects some objects. He tells Kinney that cemeteries hold the spirits of the Ancestors. Scared places are what helps them focusing their energy. In turn, it is where the “world’s touch.” Vincent plans to go into their world and cut of their tie for this world. When Kinney asks how, Kol arrives and says that Vincent has to die in order to. Because Davina is reaching out to Kol, he convinces Vincent to let him go too.

Elijah tells Klaus that they need to talk. And then Elijah asks Marcel where the serum is. Marcel holds it up, and says that he should take it because loyalty never got him anywhere. Klaus demands that Marcel stop. Marcel asks why would this change anything if they were truly equal. Besides they are “just family.” Again, Klaus demands that Marcel hand it over. If he does, he will be forgiven. Marcel says that Klaus always has to be the king; he has to have people below him. However, eventually kings fall. Elijah begins to worry when he notices that the scene happening right now, was shown in the prophecy.

Meanwhile, Josh brings Davina’s favorite record to the cemetery like Vincent asked. Vincent tells Kol that they need to get this done fast. They have to conjure Davina and use the bomb.  Then, Vincent drinks something and him and Kol join hands with Josh. Vincent chants. Both of them, Vincent and Kol, wake on the other side. Kol goes to Davina’s headstone, while Vincent chants. Davina appears.

Elijah demands that Marcel give him the serum. Klaus will not allow for Marcel to destroy his family. Marcel tells Klaus that he maybe he is the villain of Lucien’s story. The Mikaelsons do everything in the name of family. Marcel used to admire that because it gave him faith in those you love. But now he sees that forever and always was an excuse for them to do whatever they please. In mid-sentence, Marcel gets his heart ripped out by Elijah. He is thrown off the bridge and into the river. Klaus screams no.

Marcel’s body gets carried away by the current. Klaus believes that he could have talked him down. Elijah explains to Klaus that he couldn’t let Marcel kill his family. Marcel had turned into their foe once Davina had died. There was no choice for Elijah.

Meanwhile, Davina believes that once the link between the Ancestors and the real world is gone, the living witches will need Vincent, so he needs to survive. She sends him back.

Back at the Mikaelson compound, Elijah returns home looking upset. He falls to his knees and cries. He tells Hayley that he killed Marcel, and she holds him.

Davina wants Kol to tell Josh that he shouldn’t be sad. She also wants him to tell Marcel thanks for being her family. Kol agrees to. Davina doesn’t know how to say goodbye to Kol. Kol tells her that he was dead for a long time. The first thing he saw when he woke was her leaving the church. She brought some dead flowers back to life, and she smiled. When she did that, it was the first time he had felt alive in a while. They exchange I love yous. Kol goes back to the real world, and Davina activates Vincent’s bomb. It goes off, and in the real world, Kol, Josh, and Vincent run as the cemetery goes up in flames.

Meanwhile, Hayley goes to talk to Klaus, who is staring down at the street. She defends Elijah’s choice. Freya had showed her the prophecy. Elijah is always forgiving him. Klaus says that she sounds like Cami. Speaking of her, smoke blows across her headstone.

Vincent tells Kinney that the Ancestors are cut off and the witches are free. Kinney says that for months he felt like he was losing his mind, and that there was something in the darkness waiting for him. Vincent tells him that it wasn’t all in his head.

Hayley goes back to comforting Elijah. She tells him that he needs to forgive himself. Elijah starts to walk away from her, but then turns back around and kisses her.

Meanwhile, Klaus is at Marcel’s penthouse and Josh and Vincent arrive. He tells them that Marcel is dead and leaves. Josh feels guilty because he believes that it is his fault; he told Marcel not to take it. Vincent says that Marcel is still alive. He took the serum the minute he gave it to him.

Marcel is shown in the river-still very much alive.

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Let’s us mourn because we cannot move on until we do.”- Vincent
  • “Oh cool, so you’re going to die soon too?”- Josh
  • “It seems you’re always willing to watch the world burn, as long as you survive.”- Marcel
  • “From the moment I met you, I saw myself in you.”- Klaus
  • “The thing about kings, though, eventually they all fall. Even you.”- Marcel
  • “Always and forever is just an excuse to whatever the hell you want.”- Marcel
  • “He was one of us.”- Klaus
  • “I don’t know how to say goodbye to you.”- Davina
  • “Give them hell, Davina Claire.”- Kol