My thoughts on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

As I wrote in my last blog post, I had some problems with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. I would like to go more in depth with them.

Vandal Savage
It was a mistake to feature Vandal Savage from the beginning. They should have alluded to him, and instead have sent Chronos, the hunters and the Pilgrim after the team. The writers have essentially given Vandal Savage “Joker Immunity” – a term borrowed from the site TV Tropes. It is especially item no. 3 that caught my attention: “The struggle against a single major villain is the Series Goal and if that villain is defeated, the series would be over. If this is the case, then the Grand Finale will occasionally revoke Joker Immunity.”

This is a big problem! I am so tired of the team not succeeding in one upping him. He walks away again and again making the heroes look like bumbling fools. But if they defeat him the series is over. This is the main reason why I suggested sending in adversaries and keep the Time Masters and Druce, and Vandal Savage until the last episodes of the season. Surprisingly I am not bothered much about Time Master Druce – maybe it is because Martin Donovan is a good actor compared to Casper Crump. If I thought Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell chewed the scenery in The Flash I was wrong. Casper Crump is worse – I cannot stand him. I have not seen him in anything else than LoT even though he is from my native country. Unfortunately according to IMDB we are saddled with Vandal Savage for the last four episodes of the season. Hopefully, Kendra will be able to kill him. This leads to my next subject.

Hawkgirl
Kendra Saunders is supposed to be badass, but she comes off as very bland. I am very indifferent towards her and her love triangle with Ray and Carter (which up until the last episode – Destiny really did not exist as Carter died in Pilot Part 2). The writers made a mistake making her the only one who can kill Vandal Savage because it does not make sense in context. Why did Rip Hunter not find a reincarnation of the Hawks before now? We know he tried to kill Vandal Savage in ancient Egypt, but could not do it. Why has Carter not taught her how to fight? If she is the one destined to kill him she should really learn hand-to-hand combat. She has gotten a lot better during the series with a lot of help from Sara Lance.

The other problem with her character is her relationship with Ray.
1. It felt rushed
2. I did not tune into a superhero show to see a romantic subplot. I know it is a CW show – and that love triangles or relationships are necessary on that network. Supernatural have survived 11 seasons without being saddled with stupid romantic subplots – okay there was Jo, Bela, Ruby, Anna and Meg, but it never felt forced like her relationship with Ray does.
3. I would very much like to see a female character develop on her own. Why can’t a female character evolve without their life revolving around a man or men.
4. In the episode Marooned Kendra makes it clear that she is not interested in a relationship with Ray because she would not be tied down with a romantic plot after Carter’s death. Two episodes later (Left Behind) she shares a kiss with Ray after he nearly dies. WTF? I do not understand this. Maybe I should blame the writers for that one.

I know TPTB pitched Legends as a TV-Show with Kendra as the main character and I am so happy they decided to turn it into an ensemble cast since everyone is acting circles around Ciara Renée. She is not the best actress in the world and that saving the world hinges on Kendra is not good. In River of Time she chose the love of her life instead of the entire humanity. I do understand the reason behind it, but I still think she made the wrong decision. And capturing Vandal Savage is going to bite the team in the rear because he is always one step ahead of them.

Update: And it did bite them in the rear – spectacularly! Rip, Ray, Kendra, Carter, Mick, Jax and Stein was captured by the Time Masters.
Vandal Savage worked with the Time Masters and still killed Rip’s family. I actually had an inkling that they worked together.
Sara and Leonard to the rescue – and in the end the latter ended up sacrificing himself. More on that later.

Rip Hunter
Rip is the worst leader ever! He has no authority over the team – they do exactly what pleases them and often for very selfish reasons. I loved Arthur Darville in Broadchurch (never seen Doctor Who), but I am not sure if he is the right one to lead the team. So far Leonard Snart has been much more genre savvy about decisions. In Marooned he pointed out that it smelled fishy to him that the other ship needed their help – and he was right. In River of Time Rip gambled with Jax’s life by making him repair some stuff Rip himself should have done. This caused Jax to age rapidly before finally being sent back to 2016 against his will by Stein. The latter spend much of the following episode dying because his other half (Jax) was in 2016. They need to fuse from time to time in order to maintain their health.

Much of the time he just sulks on the ship while the team screws with the timeline again and again. He only sounds mildly exasperated when unwanted guests enters the Waverider. The character is not compelling to me.

Leonard Snart
After watching the last episode (Destiny) I’m very conflicted. I love what LoT did with Wentworth Miller’s character, Leonard Snart (Captain Cold). I think Leonard Snart’s death hit harder than other deaths I have watched on the silver screen because he CAN comeback in other ways. He is based on a comic book character, and they are notoriously for escaping death. The writers just stuff them on a new earth and voila they are fit for fight. I am so afraid how different Leonard Snart will be when he returns to The Flash. He went from being a villain with a capital V to some sort of anti-hero. I am afraid all his character development in LoT will be tossed to the wayside in favor of him going back to his villainous ways. If you compare his first episode (Going Rogue) on The Flash to Destiny and you clearly see a huge amount of character development. I just cannot see this Leonard Snart as a villain. He is supposed to lead the Rogues Gallery on that show, but with all the character development LoT gave him.

I have lost many favorite characters over the years of watching television – Joyce (Buffy), Charlie (Lost), Ellen, Bobby and Jo (Supernatural) – somehow I continued to watch these shows without them. Maybe it was the fact I knew they could never come back permanently as Leonard Snart is set to do in the fall. If they appeared, it was in flashbacks that made sense, and interacted with the people they cared for. I am still wondering how they will pull this off with Team Legends. Maybe I continued to watch because I found the other characters compelling and likable. I do not really find any of the others characters except maybe Sara Lance (White Canary) enjoyable to watch on her own. I am willing to suspend my disbelief concerning Team Flash, but he has personal ties to Team Legends in form of Mick Rory, his longtime criminal partner/best friend and Sara Lance.

For the first time I openly admit that, I was a shipper on deck for Leonard and Sara. Their actors had much more chemistry than other supposed romantic pairings. Maybe this has tainted my glasses – I do not know. The build up to their relationship was slow and nice. Not rushed like Ray and Kendra’s developing relationship, which took place almost off screen thanks to a nifty time skip.

I am going to miss the incredible chemistry he had with Ray, Sara and Mick. His snark and sass. Actually; him, Sara and Mick have received the biggest development of the nine main characters. I have a feeling it has to do with one how they write for them and two how much charisma each individual possess.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

I have always been more interested in the Marvel Universe to some extent. I chalk it up to the first superhero movies I watched was in fact the X-Men-series and the Spider-Man trilogy from the early 2000s. However, I have always known about DC universe – and seen movies with both Batman and Superman. Last weekend I started watching Legends of Tomorrow because I was bored and all aired episodes were on Netflix. I did watch season 1 of Arrow and dabbled into the Flash. I did know of the TV-universe DC and the CW is building, but again I was too busy watching the various MCU related things and other TV-shows to fully commit to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

I have heard some people calling Legends of Tomorrow a cross between Doctor Who (time travel) and Guardians of the Galaxy (the cosmic thing). As I have never watched Doctor Who I cannot really relate to that notion, but it does reminds me a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy – just less funny. Though, some of the dialogue is pure gold in Legends of Tomorrow.

All my opinions come from only have seen some of season 1 of the Flash and season 1 of Arrow + some episodes from later seasons. Oh, and beware of spoilers!

Top 3 things I like

1. Captain Cold, Heatwave & White Canary
The odd friendship developing between Leonard “Captain Cold” Snart (Wentworth Miller), Mick “Heatwave” Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Sara “White Canary” Lance (Caity Lotz). Wentworth Miller has excellent report with both his co-stars. Yes, I know he and Dominic Purcell played the Scofield brothers’ in Prison Break – and that might be the reason why there is good chemistry there. However, I feel it is just as easy with Caity Lotz. It probably help that all three characters are kindred spirits of some sort. They are all on the fringes of the group as they are categorized as “villains”. It is lovely to see them all evolve into sympathetic characters as the series progress. And it’s White Canary  who pulls for Heatwave’s release after it’s discovered that he was Chronos (the bounty hunter). In return, Heatwave has delivered information of his time with the Time Masters.

Heatwave: Why does this stupid station play nothing but reruns?
Jax: Don’t even bother trying to explain.
White Canary: Am I the only one on this ship who could really use a drink? I say we go get weird in the ’70s.
Captain Cold: Excellent idea.
White Canary: I got the perfect outfit.
Gideon: Perhaps Captain Hunter was unclear with his instructions to remain onboard.
Heatwave: Shut it, metal mouth.

– Pilot Part 1

Heatwave: Ah. Dollar beers. You got to love the ’70s. Who wants to listen to some Captain and Tennille? My mother played it. A lot.

– Pilot Part 1

2. Firestorm
Victor Garber as one-half of Firestorm (Martin Stein). I remember him from his Alias days and of course Titanic. He was excellent in both as he is in this TV-show. He seems to have so much fun playing Martin Stein, which really shines through. I just wish they would put some spotlight on his relationship with Jax (the other half of Firestorm played by Franz Drameh) because the pair seem underdeveloped and have no time on screen together. They are mostly paired up with others during missions, but when they do have a scene it heartwarming. I guess they do this for budgetary reasons as Firestorm is expensive to make. Oh, I do not condone drugging anyone and dragging him or her on an adventure without his or her initial consent. Maybe the writers should have delved more into that problem since it is kind of big.

Stein: Are you coming?
Jax: I’ll stay put.
Stein: You’d rather stay with them?
Jax: They didn’t drug me.
Stein: Point taken.

– Pilot Part 1

Gideon: Captain Hunter told me you’d try to do this, and he also told me not to listen to anything you say.
Jax: Well, you are a computer. You have to listen to me!
Gideon: You seem overwrought, Mr. Jackson. If you’d like to go to the MedBay, I’d be happy to prescribe you a sedative.
Jax: I do not need another roofie!

– Pilot Part 1

3. Gideon and Waverider
Gideon is giving J.A.R.V.I.S. and Friday (from MCU) a run for their money. I love the A.I. and her quips. The Waverider is awesome – and it actually looks very cool inside. However, I am a little confused about the layout of the ship.

Gideon: I am unversed in modern American colloquialisms. Is “Whoops” slang for “Oh”…
Rip Hunter: Yes, Dr. Palmer seems to have thrown a spanner in the works for the entire timeline.

– Pilot Part 2

Honorable mention
The dialogue is sometimes very on the nose, hidden easter eggs only the savvy will recognize, zingers and references to other media. Especially Leonard Snart is the master of sass, but the others are not far behind. Maybe I should post another blog containing my favorite quotes from this show because there are many.

Rip Hunter: This mission doesn’t require your particular skill set. Yet.
Captain Cold: Meaning you don’t need anyone killed, maimed, or robbed.

– Pilot Part 2

Rip Hunter: Now, in order to capture him, I require the services of…
Heatwave: A killer, klepto, and pyro?
Rip Hunter Bingo.

– Leviathan

Top 3 things I dislike

1. Casper Crump as Vandal Savage.
The role is not suited for him or maybe I am just tired of seeing the Legends fail repeatedly when having the opportunity to kill him. I have to compliment his English though – it is way better than Mads Mikkelsen*. I hate to put down someone from my native country, but I will take Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) from Daredevil any day. That is a sinister villain, who is not overpowered, but savvy enough to run a criminal empire from prison. Maybe my other problem with Vandal Savage is that he really is only connected to people on the team (Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders and Captain Rip Hunter), and I do not really care about the former and the latter is growing on me.

2. Kendra & Carter/Kendra & Ray
I did not tune in to watch a superhero show to see a romantic plot take center stage. It probably does not help that I find Kendra (Ciara Renée) very bland and boring as a character. The romance plot is dragging the show down and taking focus from other aspects I find more interesting such as Firestorm and the odd friendship between “the Rogues”. Carter (Falk Hentschel) was a creeper and kind of a stalker towards Kendra, and Ray (Brandon Routh) is just a lovesick puppy. I do not think it helps of my perception that Kendra is the only one who can kill Vandal Savage – I do not really like that when the TV-series is about a team.

3. The CGI
It seem very hit and miss to me. I know they have a TV budget to work with and good CGI is expensive. Sometimes it is great and sometimes it is just plain bad. A little consistency would not hurt. Kendra’s wings especially looks wonky at times. It looks like most of the budget is going to make Firestorm look cool (pun intended), which he to their credit does.

Honorable mention
Time travel. How does it work? I am so confused about the concept works. The characters interact with their younger/older selves without any consequences and in one episode Sara tells Ra’s al Ghul to name his unborn daughter Nyssa. How can she do that? I am baffled and I would like to get a more in depth explanation of how it works.

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*Side note
Casper Crump isn’t the only Dane gracing or have graced the silver screen in America. Actually, it has teemed with Danes in various roles (mostly villains). Here is a list on the top of my head:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones)
Ulrich Thomsen (Kai Proctor in Banshee)
Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal and among other movies roles including Le Chiffre in Casino Royale)
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Ingrid in Vinyl)
Stephanie Corneliussen (Joanna Wellick in Mr. Robot and Valentina Vostok in Legends of Tomorrow)
Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy in the new season of Game of Thrones)
Jesper Christensen (Mr. White in the James Bond franchise)

En Kongelig Affære

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Jeg fik endelig set En Kongelig Affære i går aftes sammen med en veninde. Jeg nåde desværre aldrig at se den i biografen. Men hold da op, den var virkelig ventetiden værd! Det er en af de bedste danske film jeg har set MEGET længe.

EKAalt-DKartworkDesuden læser jeg et fag på universitetet hvor vi lærer at forholde os kritisk det hvad vi ser i henhold til historie m.m. Jeg har fået en lille arbejdsskade af det, men det tænkte jeg slet ikke på da jeg så filmen, hvilket i sig selv er godt klaret! Herudover er mine studiekammerater også udpræget glade for den ligesom resten af befolkningen.

Jeg synes det er fortjent at den er vores bud på en Oscar kandidat! Den er fuldt på højde med de bedste internationale film jeg har set. Den er simpelthen så flot filmet, redigeret, landskabet er fortryllende –  og det samme er kostumerne! Kostumerne er faktisk bedre end dem BBC kan fremtrylle i deres historiske Tv-serier. Jeg synes simpelthen de er så smukke.

Jeg vil gå så langt at sige at filmen er fyldt med det man på TvTropes kalder Costume Porn  og Gorgeous Period Dress – bare se på plakaterne!

Hvad angår skuespils præstationerne er de helt i top! Ikke bare Mads Mikkelsen, som faktisk blegner i forhold til Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Det er helt fortjent han vandt en Sølvbjørn i ved Berlinaden! Alicia Vikander er okay som den danske dronning. Reelt forsvinder hun dog lidt i selskabet af de to mænd. Jeg håber Mikkel Boe Følsgaard kan slå igennem i udlandet mens han stadig er ung i modsætning til Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau og Ulrich Thomsen.

Og nå ja så fortjener hunden der spillede Gourmand da også lige et par linjer. Aldrig har jeg set en så nuttet Grand Danois.
Det er en dvd jeg helt klart vil købe på et tidspunkt når den udkommer.

My Neighbour Totoro

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A friend of mine introduced me to My Neighbour Totoro. I had never heard of the film before and I was intrigued. I like watching and learning new things; I’m always game for a challenge and here I definitely discovered something very beautiful and emotional.

51i0O8MNsfLThe next time I saw her I borrowed her DVD of the film – and watched the film when I got home.

Oh my I was in love – and the first thought, that came to me was how I had never seen anything this cute in my whole life. We agreed upon we both wanted a stuffed Totoro. He looks really soft and I just want to cuddle with him.

Hayao Miyazaki has made an almost complete film: his animation was breathtaking – on the very same level if not better than Pixar Studios in America and the story was just beautiful written. I’m sorry I’m repeating myself, but I think the word “beautiful” is the most fitting to describe the film.

It’s so different from the films I use to watch which is mostly from the Western World like Denmark, Great Britain, America, Germany, Spain, Canada – and occasionally from Sweden. I’m definitely going to watch some of his other animated films whenever I get the chance.

A Game of Thrones

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I just started reading the books behind the TV-series. I like the way George R.R. Martin is writing although it was a little hard to get through because the first season follows the book very closely. I haven’t seen the second season yet. But I’ve been spoiled – and I know the basic plot lines. Unfortunately! However I have only one to thank for that – and it’s myself.

game-of-thrones-cover-imageThey are very rough and grim to read. Lots of torture and stuff like that. However I already knew that because of the TV-series. And I’ve heard it only gets worse in the later books…so I’m a little vary of continuing; I have never liked gore and torture much which is ironic because I have read most of the books by Stephen King.

I can’t say who my favorite character is; Jon Snow is the closet to being it. I kind of like him; he is the outcast among the Stark children and I’m looking forward to the reveal of who his mother is. It’s all very mysterious! Oh and Ghost is just awesome!

I’m so looking forward to read A Clash of Kings and the rest of the books. I have borrowed them from a friend and that means I can have them as long as I want.

I don’t particularly like the Lannisters. It’s a Danish actor (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who portrays Jaime Lannister, so I’ll give him a chance.. I’ve heard he is redeeming himself in later books. I just felt so sick when Jaime Lannister pushed Bran out the window. Tthe actor seems very nice in interviews and stuff like that. He is a very gifted actor and better looking than Mads Mikkelsen.

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers

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The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, commonly known as the LxD, is a web series about two groups of rival dancers: The Alliance of the Dark who are the villains and The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, the heroes, who discover they have superpowers referred to as “the Ra” through their dance abilities. The entire story takes place over hundreds of years, beginning in the 1920s up to the year 3000. The series is written, directed, and produced by Jon Chu. The series is choreographed by Christopher Scott and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang Jr. on Glee) with assistant choreography by Galen Hooks.

Members have a wide variety of specialties including hip-hop, krumping, contemporary, tricking, popping, b-boying, jazz, tap, and ballet.

All of the choreography and stunts are real; there are no special effects or wire work and the entire series is shot on location without the use of green screens.

lxdSeasons:
Season one (The Uprising Begins) focuses on the back story of the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, the “good guys”. Each episode introduces each of the characters and their specific dance ability.

Season two (Secrets of the Ra) tells the back story of the villains of The LXD which consist of Organization X—called The Ox—and The Umbras.

War Horse

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

I just finished reading the book, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. I never once thought the novel would be written from Joey’s point of view; that was very clever move the author made because it made it more “real” somehow than if it had been written from Albert’s point of view.

I saw the movie before I read the novel which (in this case) wasn’t bad at all. The movie follows the novel quite closely considering it’s hard adapting a novel to the big screen.

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I’m just wondering if the German deserters (the two young boys) were made up for the movie – because they didn’t seem to appear in the book at all. I could be mistaken because the events went by quite fast in the novel compared to the movie.

Anyway this novel has become of my favorite novels of all time. It’s sweet and I like there isn’t a token romance between Albert and Emilie!

A romance would have ruind everything because in the end the story is about a boy’s love for this horse.Anyway I will highly recommend both the novel and the movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man

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I just saw The Amazing Spider-Man last night. I went into the theater with Toby Maguire’s performance as Spider-Man fresh in my mind. That was the first superhero movie I ever saw and it left me with an very nice impression. The first movie was better than the two sequels.

The_Amazing_Spider-Man_theatrical_posterI have always liked Toby Maguire as an actor; so I was very cautious on my expectations to Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of the same character. However I still prefer TM to AG, but the latter still impressed me. I haven’t seen anything he has acted in before The Amazing Spider-Man.

I don’t know how I feel about Dr. Curt Connors, Gwen Stacy or Captain Stacy. I kind of missed Harry Osborne and his father; the head of Oscorp (for whom CC works for). It would have given a nice touch to see the CEO of this business instead of his lackey (the other Dr.). I prefer Rosemary Harris to Sally Field when it comes to the role of May Parker. I truly didn’t miss Kirsten Dunst at all in this movie. She was kind of the weakest link in the trilogy in my opinion. I’m hoping the characters Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborne and Norman Osborne are appearing in the sequel, which is coming if you have seen the seen after the end credits.

In the end I went out of the theater with a nice feeling and I liked they hadn’t really replicated the Sam Raimi movie from 2002. It was a nice to see a different plot; it was good and well developed. Now I just hope they don’t make the same mistake Sam Raimi did with his 3rd Spider-Man movie by introducing too many villains.

Reunion

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I have just watched Reunion on Youtube. It aired in America in 2005 on Fox and due to low ratings in only aired 12 out of the planned 22 episodes season 1 was going to have, episode 13 was never shown i America, but in other countries. The last 9 episodes was never filmed. If I remember correctly this TV-show wasn’t the only one screwed over by Fox, I think Firefly was on the same channel as Reunion.

Reunion_TV_Series-644087065-largeThe plot
Six best friends;  Craig Brewster, Samantha Carlton, Aaron Lewis, Will Malloy, Jenna Moretti and Carla Noll graduate from Bedford High School, NY in 1986. Craig, Aaron and Will come from different backgrounds (rich, middle class and poor respective) and the girls seems to come from middle class backgrounds with the exception of Jenna. She and Will are on the same level. However on the night of graduation they gather to celebrate, they are soon running out of beer and while on a beer run Craig and Will are involved in a car accident. Craig begs Will to take the fall because he was drunk driving, and a sentence would ruin his chances of going to Brown University. Will, who isn’t going to college agrees to take the fall out of loyalty, but he soon regrets this decision. The day after the driver of the other vehicle dies and Will is charged with manslaughter. The Brewsters’ pay his lawyer bills and they all think he will get of with probation and community service however the judge decides to make an example out of him. He is sent to a prison for young men for 12 months. Meanwhile Sam finds out she is pregnant – with Will’s child. They had a short tryst when Craig and she was broken up. She tells Will and later lies to him about it being a false alarm. Instead she and Carla, who is nursing a broken heart do to the fact she is in love with Aaron (who in turn is in love with Jenna) hooked up with Jenna goes to London.

20 years later in 2006 when they all six gather to attend their 20th High School Reunion one of them is found dead. Detective Marjorino (who has a personal interest in the case) interviews them
all in turns dead set on finding the killer of the victim.

This is a premise of the show. Each episode takes place the year after the other. I just summarized episode 1 above.

Since it was canceled, it leaves many unanswered questions! Beware of spoilers.

1) Why is Craig faking being paralyzed 20 years later?

2) Why did Will become a priest?

3) Did Carla’s husband Peter die of his leukemia? 4) Did Megan fake Amy and her own death because Paul had found out where they were?

It’s a shame the show was canceled it provided something fresh and nothing I have seen before. The idea with each episode jumps a year is actually a very good idea, much better than when an existing show suddenly jumps 5 years into the future.

Cast:
Dave Annable as Aaron Lewis
Alexa Davalos as Samantha Carlton
Will Estes as William Malloy
Sean Faris as Craig Brewster
Chyler Leigh as Carla Noll
Amanda Righetti as Jenna Moretti

Will Scarlet

I haven’t really seen Once Upon A Time since season 1 or something like that. Lately I’ve been drawn to the show once again – and the sole reason is the introduction of Will Scarlet (Michael Socha). I really like his humour and sass. Seldom have I seen a character who has so many funny lines. Every single line is pure gold. Such a shame they moved Michael Socha from Once Upon A TIme In Wonderland to the mother ship without giving him any decent screen time. He has had less than 30 minutes since his introduction in season 4 episode 3, Rocky Road.

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I have never seen Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and thus I don’t know Will’s adventures there with Alice nor how he ended up with the Red Queen/Anastasia (Emma Rigby). But I think I’ll give it a try when I get some more time on my hands.

Side note: Emma Rigby was awesome in the English Soap Hollyoaks where she played Hannah Ashworth. She was on the show in (what I think was the golden years) with Guy Burnet (Craig Dean), James Sutton (John Paul McQueen), Loui Batley (Sarah Barnes) and Jessica Fox (Nancy Hayton). I simply loved this 6th form group and their storylines.

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Rumbelle, Scarlet Queen or Scarlet Beauty? That is the question.
I found myself liking the idea of Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Will together. Though there’s an outcry from Rumbelle (by the way this is a horrible ship name, Rumple and Belle) and Scarlet Queen (Will and The Red Queen, not one of the other queens who’s running around).

As I wrote before I can’t really have an opinion on Rumple and Belle since I haven’t watched their relationship grow. However what I’ve figured is that he lied to her during their marriage. Quite frankly I don’t understand why people ship them. It seems to me – who is on the outside looking in – that it’s not a healthy relationship. He has abused her mentally for a long time – not only in Storybrook, but also in the Enchanted Forest. I don’t blame Belle from finding comfort in someone else. What I don’t understand is how Belle and Will got together. It was never addressed on the show since there was a six week time jump between season 4A and season 4B. This ties into how underused Michael Socha really is and to a lesser degree Emilie de Ravin. Not that her role in Lost was much bigger.

Side note: I loved Emilie de Ravin in Lost and I really liked her (unlikely) relationship with musician Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan).His death still ranks in my top 5 over the saddest moments in television. It was just so sad and so unnecessary. At least I think it was since Desmond’s visions never came true.

Anyway Scarlet Beauty is cute and pretty vanilla compared to Belle and Will’s true loves. But I guess they could help each other out.They have a lot in common from what I’ve gathered from the bits and pieces I’ve seen on the show and from what I’ve read online.

It was a nice touch to see in Unforgiven (4×14) Will pick up to cups of coffee at Granny’s and later see one of them on the counter in Mr. Gold’s shop. That was a very subtle hint to Belle and Will having some sort of relationship.

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This might be a bit spoilerish…anyway I believe the writers had plans with Will Scarlet just like they teased in the media before Christmas. Unfortunately they hit a bump in road. I believe they were negotiating with Emma Rigby, but they were unable to get her in season 4. Instead they reduced Michael Socha to a glorified extra and put Will Scarlet on the back burner. However I also believe that his story will unfold in season 5 (if he makes it so far).

Killian Jones/Captain Hook & Will Scarlet/The Knave Of Hearts
I really like his scenes with Killian Jones/Captain Hook. Their banter is hilarious.  Like i’d watch an entire episode of Cruella de Vil and Ursula snarking – I wouldn’t mind seeing an episode of Killian and Will’s excellent adventure! That would take snarking up to eleven.

From Enter The Dragon (4×15):
Killian: Well, look at which two Survivors found a dinghy together. I do hope I’m not interrupting.

Belle: Uh, Killian, this is… This is will. Have the two of you met?

Will: That we have, yeah. Ah. Now, before you give in to your pugilistic urges, Let’s take this outside away from the lady, shall we?

Belle: And you clearly don’t get along.

Killian: As much as I’d enjoy blooding you again.

From Poor Unfortunate Soul (4×16):
Will: why should I help you?

Killian: Because for once, we want the same thing… the Dark One gone. The key to making that happen is in here.

Will: Right. That your ship, is it? Bit small, isn’t it?

Killian: Careful, mate. It’s unwise to insult the size of a pirate’s ship. And you spent more time in wonderland than anyone I know. You must have something that can restore it.

Will: You’re in luck. I think I might have just what you need.

This is a pretty good picture of how they feel about each other. Problary doesn’t help that Killian punched out Will’s lights out twice without breaking into sweat.