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Zelena 5x07

Okay so many things stood out to me this episode where Zelena is concerned. Firstly, yes she’s pregnant with Pinecone’s Robin’s child and obviously Regina has a right to be kinda salty about that, you know with true love and all.

(yeah me too Regina)

But as fucked up as the OUAT family tree already is (wait let me work this out) Zelena’s baby is Regina’s niece and should, God forbid, Regina and Robin ever get married, her stepdaughter as well (yikes). So surely you would think that Regina would take better care of her?

Yes, you fucked up. Move on.

I mean don’t mind me but it’s not the baby’s fault that it’s parenting is so wrong it makes me wanna chunder (so you can get your wife who’s actually your girlfriend’s sister pregnant, but we can’t have canon homosexual relationships because its a family show)

so why take it out on the baby by ripping it away from his or her mother? (more on this later) I don’t understand why Regina doesn’t give Zelena her voice when they are alone in Granny’s. What harm can she do with that other than add some much needed entertainment value to the show? What if she needed to say something to do with the baby? She can’t do that if Regina’s playing Ursula again, going around stealing peoples voice’s. I really have nothing against Regina but I’m bummed about how they are writing her this season.

Moving on from the obvious pre-natal neglect, even without her voice, Zelena still manages to make me choke on my cereal (actually happened)

(#hashtag relate-able amiright?) 

 It seems to me that Zelena is one of the only characters that they can actually write at the moment. 

I agree.

“If Sir Castic would let me speak”
- Not even five minutes with her voice back and she’s already throwing shade.

So once Zelena got everyone into the castle, and was bound up outside, it was clear to everyone what she was doing from the start. 
When she said this:

I see where she was coming from, she has a fair argument tbh. Fairy fluff. But here:

Yes whatever, she was faking to lure the ever useless Snow into feeling sorry for her before faking pain and kicking her in the (I don’t know) knees? I would too if I was subjected to her pregnancy tips 101 class But hate me or whatever, I think there must have been some feeling behind her words. My heart hurts for her. Yes she’s having the baby for all the wrong reasons, to spite her sister, but the baby is hers and Regina has no right to take it. All Zelena wants in life is somebody to love her. This baby will give her that and then maybe she’ll go a little easier on the whole plotting-entire-realm-destruction and time warp shit. I think that maybe if Regina let her have this baby and another chance, she might just take it.

She does have a fucking point guys.

oh sod off pirate, did anyone include you in this conversation?

(this time I choked on air and had to pause the episode)

OH HELL YES.

Here’s the doozy: Robin actually said something useful this episode. I know, shocking.

For once I actually agree with our little forest dwelling muppet; fireballing Zelena to dust is certainly not going to help the situation or help mend Regina and Robin’s crumbling relationship. Roasting his child to death will probably do a little more harm than good methinks.

Teaming up with “Artie” was not the best way to increase your fanbase, now was it Zelena? Get in the corner, now! 

Mommy would be proud.

I’m actually very excited for the rest of this season because, due the the pregnancy and all, I’m assuming that we are going to be seeing a lot more of Zelena in the coming episodes.

Ah so much villainy, so little time..

Kudos to Rebecca Mader for bringing us this wonderful character!

Sar(ah)castic: Old questions & Modern Medicine

On the Sar(ah)castic Series I’m ironically writing about topics that busy myself. Don’t take them too serious … or maybe you should? Enjoy ;)

At our med school we have to take an annual exam which comprises all lectures & topics we were thought by profs in two semesters. We are all very busy during the school year & when suddenly the summer months arrive, we get stressed like hell: HOW SHOULD I MANAGE TO STUDY THIS AMOUNT?

The majority of my fellow students see a solution in old exam questions. They pass the exam, celebrate the semester ending & forget their medical “knowledge”.  Isn’t it sad? 

When I’m talking to the “grown up” doctors they tell me stories about the frightening Pathology Exam or the “Bone’s Coll” … This generation actually had to learn facts & terms and demonstrate their knowledge under the watchful eyes of the Profs. 

And us? We’re just sitting in front of old questions, trying to combine a “Finasterid” with a “5-alpha-reductase inhibitor” … well, let’s get to next old exam question

It’s easy judging I know, BUT I DO WANT TO STUDY medicine, I DO WANT TO READ AND LOOK FACTS UP IN A BOOK.

i want to understand.

Old questions may be the easiest way, but in my opinion not the right one. They may save your butt to pass the exam, but they won’t save your patient. 

Bullet Points: With This Ring

Nimue-part 3 (parts 1-2 here and here)

Bullet points are encapsulated scene analysis from the top of each act to the bottom. (each act is bookended by a commercial break)

1. Emma flummoxing Killian with pop culture references will never get old. Ever. I love that that’s a thing between them. But more than that, I love light little moments like these that remind us that behind all the craziness that comes with being the savior and a 300 year old pirate they’re just a regular couple. With little inside jokes and familiar habits. Lovely.

2. The depth of feeling these two actors can put into a simple hand grasp followed by a passionate, but still exquisitely tasteful kiss, is breathtaking. It’s all there. The apprehension, the hope, the love. Her hand on his face, the way their bodies lean towards each other as if drawn there, the forehead lean. 

They don’t rush anything, even with urgent business at hand. They also don’t use words when none are necessary. Great work all the way around. Not only from the actors but from the director who is willing to give the scene a chance to develop non-verbally. Well done.

3. Before we get to the non-proposal….I wanna know more about this ring. Where did it come from? Who gave it to you? Why do you believe it plays a role in your survival? 

I suspect these answers are all coming up in a later ep. So I’ll wait patiently. But sooner rather than later please, show.

4. Love the look of minor disappointment on Emma’s face when Killian says he’s not proposing. It’s a clear indicator that she wasn’t waving off the idea of a proposal period … just thinking this wasn’t the right time. Which it isn’t. Good job, Emma.

5. So Killian offers to give up his “immortality” for the love of his life. All that matters to him is that Emma comes back safely. EVEN THOUGH while she’s off with Merlin he’ll be on a potentially more physically dangerous caper of his own to retrieve Excalibur. Did it just get dusty in here?

6. I love that Killian draws the very clear distinction that he’s giving the ring to Emma and not the Dark One. That’s such a nice moment on it’s own but also a nice compare/contrast moment for their lunch on the Jolly Roger and their scene at Emma’s house when he attempts to speak directly to Emma with less luck. Well done.

7. “A reminder you’ve got a piercing eyed smoldering pirate here who loves you.” Both his delivery and her reaction were spot on perfect. It was a moment of sheer bliss for Emma. Uncomplicated. For just a minute not weighed down by events or the expectations of others. Pure, unadulterated happiness. 

8. As much as I love her “I love you too” I think I may be equally as fond of the “thank you” that preceded it. Such a glorious shipper moment. So many layers. So much depth. Such a celebration of where they are, where they’ve been, as well as an acknowledgement of work they’ve both done to get there. Not to mention a fierce determination not to lose each other.

A perfectly in character declaration of love, commitment and faith in each other.

Man, it’s like no one has dusted in here in weeks.

9. The look on Merlin’s face when he says “it’s time” almost makes it seem as though he was watching from a distance and what he saw reminded him of something ….oh looky

Years earlier in Camelot (man this timeline is frustrating)

10. Cut to a thriving patch of Middlemist. The symbol of love and survival. Yep… the cutaway shot winning streak for this ep continues. 

11. Nimue is understandably shocked to find out Merlin located, and still possesses, the Holy Grail. And I think it’s important that he didn’t tell her that before this point. It shows us that her love for him is genuine. Or more accurately her love for the only “him” she’s ever known, Wizard Merlin, is genuine.

It’s important because it helps frame the choices and decisions she makes later on. She’s not using him, she isn’t a power-hungry schemer. She’s a woman who loves a man who just shared a life-altering secret with her.

12. It’s interesting that unlike his dealings with Emma, Merlin doesn’t really give Nimue a voice in the decision-making.  He brushes aside her suggestion that she too should drink from the Grail and become immortal. Granted he’s the one who has experience with the weight of immortality but still, he doesn’t really give her a voice here. His mind is made up. 

It’s an interesting difference in tactic for him. Make a mental note. It definitely comes up again later. In a BIG way.

13. “Life is made of little moments.” Nimue understands what he’s saying but still, there’s an incredible draw to the idea of being immortal and having magic. She hasn’t lived the reality of it. She hasn’t experienced the downside. So the idea of it all feels new and exciting. It’s almost like she’s being pulled towards the possibilities such a life would offer. BOING!!!!!!

14. Nimue is not completely on board with the idea of cutting away Merlin’s magic and immortality. It’s written all over her face. But again this is where her love for him comes into play. She isn’t some power-hungry opportunist out to get the Grail at all costs. She’s a woman in love who just found out the man in her life is immortal, and that she could be powerful and immortal as well, and it’s all just a lot to deal with in such a short period of time.

15. “We can come back here and we can live normal lives. Together.” The Camelot version of the white picket fence life that Killian said he believed in and would never stop fighting for. BOING!!!!

16. When she tells him she doesn’t want the moment to get lost in an endless sea of time he takes it to mean she’s on board with the plan to rid him of his magic and immortality. And in that moment she is. But temptation tends not to give up that easily.

BOING!!!!!

17. And apparently temptation is going to come in the form of the masked entity lurking in the shadows. DUN DUN DUN

Meanwhile back in Camelot:

18. OK I real life bark laugh every time it cuts to the floor plan of the palace drawn on a Granny’s Diner placemat. Is there a more perfect way to plan a
Nevengers mission?

19. Sir-castic. Heh. 

20. Honestly, David, do you really think antagonizing Zelena at this point is a good idea? You’ve been around these parts long enough to know that never goes well.

21.  I get that desperate times call for desperate measures and all but they’d be better digging their way under the wall with teaspoons than making a deal to even consider giving Zelena her magic back. You’d think one of them might voice the thought that it’s a very bad idea. 

This is one of those situations where they need something storyline-wise down the road, Zelena’s freedom in this case, so badly that they have to just insert a plot device to make it happen no matter how silly it makes the other characters look.

22. Is there one person, ONE PERSON, who thought it was a good idea to leave Mary Margaret guarding Zelena? Even one? Especially when she got all Smuggy McSmuggerson about the pregnancy tips.

23. Wow. Arthur has just gone full-on madman. Awesome. They’ve done a great job with his slow slide from suspected shadiness to confirmed shadiness and then his somewhat quicker descent to full on crazy.

24. Do the Sands of Avalon have limits because Guinevere does not seem to be on board with this plan.

25. Nothing but teeth and bones. This is war now. You go, Arthur. Embrace the evil.

22 minutes in. This ep is moving fast.