It’s been a long time since Pretty Little Liars was this good. The disappointing mid-season finale left us watching Spencer bleed out on the floor of an abandoned house, while her life was turned upside down by a revelation from Mary Drake: Mary is her mother, not Veronica. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also doesn’t even know who shot her anymore as Jenna’s gun wasn’t a match to her bullet wound. Can’t this girl catch a break?
On Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 11, “Playtime,” A.D.’s final game was unleashed on the liars as their lives became thrust in an aggressive version of killer Monopoly. It’s kind of ridiculous, but you know, it just seems like a perfect ending for the series that has thrived on ridiculously unrealistic stories.
This episode of The Originals revolved around Klaus making a supremely tough decision: Marcel or Hope? Leave it up to Klaus to choose both. As everyone’s story-lines are continuing to develop, it’s becomes clear what character arcs will go this season.
As excited as I was before I watched The Originals Season 4 Episode 5, “I Hear You Knocking,” I was very disappointed with the ending events. This episode started off great: Keelin and Freya’s relationship blossoming past captor and captive, Klaus fighting this demon and his attempts to kill Marcel, Marcel getting help from his new girlfriend (?), Sofya, and Hayley learning more about her past and its connection with Mary.
The Originals divide and conquer, looking for ways to save Hope and the lost children of New Orleans. We got intense action, villain revelations, and motif progression all wrapped into one amazing episode.
The Originals Season 4 Episode 4 was, hands-down, one of the greatest episodes the series has ever aired. It did so much work for the plot, the threading of the show’s motif, and the relationships between our favorite characters. I must say, I was very upset when I found out this season would only be 10 episodes, but goodness, what wonders it has done for this show’s story-telling. Everything is executed so methodically and cohesively, I’m not as mad about this season being cut in half.
As predicted, the Mikaelsons got their one day of meditation. Now it’s back to the real world with a soul sucking mystical force that is intent on having his sacrifices, including Hope, at any price.
For an episode where there wasn’t much action, a lot of premise, intent, and future narratives were established on The Originals Season 4 Episode 3. I’m not going to tip-toe around it. I cringed when Hope began to describe “bad” things Klaus would protect her from. Adjectives like “mean, selfish, and angry” sounded very pre-Hope Klaus reminiscent. Klaus’s widening eyes showed that he connected the similarities as well, and the desperate way he grabbed and held her also shows everything in him wants to stop being that way for his daughter.
Supergirl and Mon-El reunited on The Flash Season 3 Episode 17, “Duet,” where his kiss brought Kara out of the Music Meister’s musical coma. Their reunion came with a cost: Kara’s life was suddenly placed in the hands of alien bounty hunters, who wanted her dead for a reward. Who hired these hunters? Who wants Kara dead?
On Supergirl Season 2 Episode 17, “Distant Sun,” Kara’s life is given a bounty, and the culprit behind this is none other than her boyfriend’s mother: Rhea of Daxam. The Queen wants Kara dead so her son will return, willingly, to lead the life his parents want him to as the next King of Daxam to bring their people back together under new leadership.
The Flash (Grant Gustin) battles Abra Kadabra (guest star David Dastmalchian), a villain from Earth-19, who makes him a tempting offer – release him and Abra Kadabra will reveal Savitar’s true identity. Desperate to save Iris (Candice Patton), Barry considers taking the deal but Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) breaches in to capture the villain for her own reasons and during the melee, Abra Kadabra manages to escape.
The Flash Season 3 Episode 18 “Abra Kadabra,” was both enjoyable and frustrating at the same time. The positives of the episode come from the cast, once again giving strong performances during some emotional scenes and the moral dilemmas several of the characters faced.
Has there ever been a war where both battling sides are victors in the end? The Originals show us just how a war like that would pan out in episode 2, “No Quarter.” The Mikaelsons won their brother back, Marcel maintained his status as King, and New Orleans remained relatively peaceful before the real battle begins.
The Originals Season 4 Episode 2, “No Quarter,” did not disappoint as we saw The Mikaelsons and Marcel finally come head to head for their spoils. My prediction of the events that would transpire was almost correct. Rebekah first tried to manipulate Marcel by using their love for each other, Elijah tried his hand at an apology and instead tried to appeal to Marcel’s logic, Hayley tried to appeal to his ethical principles by pulling the “orphaned Hope” card, and Kol and Freya acted as the muscle of the whole expedition.
Barry (Grant Gustin) and team are surprised when Mon-El (guest star Chris Wood) and Hank Henshaw (guest star David Harewood) arrive on their Earth carrying a comatose Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) who was whammied by the Music Meister (guest star Darren Criss). Unable to wake her up, they turn to Team Flash to save her. However, the Music Meister surprises The Flash and puts him in a similar coma, one that Team Flash can’t cure. Kara and Barry wake up without their powers in an alternate reality where life is like a musical and the only way to escape is by following the script, complete with singing and dancing, to the end.
The Flash Season 3 Episode 17, “Duet,” was a very fun crossover with Supergirl that had much more story and character development than I was expecting. It took a break from their main plots and delved into Barry and Kara’s current relationship problems. In between that, we got a really good superhero team-up that makes me wish Kara and Jonn were in the main Arrow-verse.
Mon-El’s lies finally caught up to him, while Winn and Lyra broke into a museum, and someone was framed for a crime they didn’t commit. Meanwhile, one couple broke up, but I suspect it isn’t the last we’ve seen of them.
On Supergirl Season 2 Episode 16, “Star-Crossed,” the appearance of the Daxamite Royal Family brought Mon-El’s life into question, and all of the lies he’s been building up this season in an effort to woo Kara shattered around him, leaving our leading lady a bit heartbroken.
Although half of the family, including Elijah, Rebekah, and Kol, got 2 minutes or less (the latter two with no appearance at all), the episode still embodied what makes The Originals one of the best horror, supernatural shows on the CW.
For The Originals’s (likely) last season, The Originals Season 4 Episode 1 was the absolute best way to kick it off. This tantalizing episode was nothing but tactical chess and live-action, super-human fights. I loved every minute.