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  1. Cindy McLennan

    S07.E22: Leaving Storybrooke

    Yes. It was Eric Kripke's swan song (which was the episode's name). I don't feel (and none of this matters) like it has to be trillions of people (although let's ignore the land of untold stories). If we don't double count the same story across multiple countries/cultures), there would be even fewer. Also, most kingdoms/realms would have wherever the castle/government seat is, the village where the action happens, and then wilderness, or jungle, or desert, or water at its edges, so it wouldn't feel so plunked. (That's how it worked in my head. The CGI pass through of all the lands was effectively just an advertisement for the different parks at Disney World.) I think I'm tap dancing so hard to rationalize that part, because I liked the idea of uniting everyone and tucking all the "realms of story" in a secret corner in Maine. I watched the last 5 minutes or so again. With all the realms united, Regina is the (good) Queen of them all, I guess. Blah. Oh well, elections are tricky things. People are often unhappy with their results. ? P.S. to those who were wondering: Blue (or at least one version of Blue) was right next to Smee in the coronation audience.
  2. Cindy McLennan

    S07.E22: Leaving Storybrooke

    I didn't want it to end there, either, but watching it, it really felt like a series finale, the way the Supernatural season five finale (for anyone here who watched) felt like a Supernatural finale, and the Buffy season five finale ("The Gift") felt like a Buffy finale. I thought I saw Blue in the congregation/audience at Regina's coronation. Maybe near Jared Gilmore/Henry. If their whole world got dragged there, would they even notice? Also, why trillions? Also, was Regina crowned Queen of All the Realms or just the Snow realm (which Regina stole after engineering the assassination of Snow's father? Just keeping the Regina story real.)
  3. Cindy McLennan

    S07.E22: Leaving Storybrooke

    Their realms and all the neighboring realms moved to Maine too, so maybe they won't care?
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    S07.E22: Leaving Storybrooke

    Yeah, Ginny's tears and crumpled face got to me. I think that was a real mix of acting and letting her own love for the show shine through. I finally "got" Rumbelle, too. I think 3.11 might still be my favorite episode of the whole series. I would have been okay if it ended there. It certainly made me cry the most. The s3 finale would have been a good ending, too. You know, if they'd given Emma her happy ending (basically what she has now), in say season four or five, then actually shifted it to a Regina story, I might have been okay with Regina being the Oprah of All Things. I don't know. You all have said so much of what I was going to say, and I sort of keep disagreeing with myself as I read each new post.
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    S07.E22: Leaving Storybrooke

    Sigh. I got sad watching the montage and the final footage up and down Storybrooke's streets, but I was grateful for it. It reminded me of all the good. I was annoyed they couldn't get a decent gown for Emma. It reminded me of all the rest. (Don't get me wrong, JMo looked lovely, but she basically had a department store prom gown.) If I cared enough, I would be dismayed that Regina was crowned (the good) Queen of the Realm -- by Snow of all people -- with Emma looking on. They started out telling me Emma's fairy tale and turned it into Regina's, so I expected it.
  6. I don't think it had enough soap (or at least it had the wrong kind of suds). Good soaps are character driven. When this show fell down, it was because it was plot driven. I wanted the relationships (and not just the romance, the family and friends stuff), but that was my mistake. This was action-adventure. The frigging curse resets and memory wipes were also over-used. I like this: Week to week, I think it should have been Emma helping this character or that with their happy endings. You could have a season-long or half-season big bad, who tied into several of the characters Emma was helping. Where the soap should come in is in the relationships, but that's not what this show did. It would touch on moments, but then they'd be dropped. Yes! This.
  7. Hey everyone, it only took me three tries to remember my password. I thought of you all as soon as I heard Once Upon a Time had been cancelled. Like most of you, I think it should have ended last season. If I can Monday-morning quarterback it, I would have liked to see Emma get her happy ending at the end of season five. I think if they'd then brought new (or existing, but previously less central) characters to the forefront for season six, while JMo, Ginny, and Josh were on contract it might have worked. Still, I feel bad for the people who worked on the show who are losing their jobs, particularly the below-the-line crew. I'm still irrationally angry about some things about this show, but only because I love the parts I love, so much.
  8. Hey, I didn't mean to quote any of you, but can't get the quotes to go away. What I'm here to say is, I am so deeply disappointed in the OUAT S6 finale, that I feel I let you down. This is not the show I began recapping for you all on TWoP. While it matters not at all, please take my pole. Just so I'll know some of you read a thing I once watched: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/upon-time-season-seven-will-watch-without-jennifer-morrison/ (How do I get rid of these quote-y things?) For the record? I will not be watching. UGH.
  9. If TWoP still was, my recaplet tomorrow would have been one word: CODSWALLOP. Eff Eddy and Adam. Wow. I went from fangirl to hater in 2 hours. This was THE most disrespectful end to a story -- any story -- ever. My hatred can not be expressed. I just want to recognize that "Last Supper" visual, because I did notice it. But now, I want to douse the entire series with gasoline and drop a match, because what a load of shit.
  10. Hi. I hope this is the right thread for this request. Mods, if there is a general questions thread on this forum, I missed it (I did look). I apologize if this is out of place. I have to be able to discuss B&B* intelligently, a week from today. I'm a lifelong soap viewer and used to post on the TWoP soap boards (and recap for TWoP), but I've never watched B&B. Please recommend some online resources where I can acquaint myself with the show, significant past and present relationships, etc. I only have a week (well, really six days, now), and I have a job, and a family, so what I need is a good series-long overview, highlights and significant events. I can't binge watch a bunch of YouTube playlists (although if there is a NO YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS ONE CINDY playlist, I will trust your judgment). Also, do you have a go-to B&B resource, when you're trying to remember, "Hey, what did Eric do, that time Stephanie did the thingum?" If so, please share. Thank you. *(Yes, I posted a very similar question on the Y&R boards. I couldn't figure out how to ask in one place, about both shows, without being at least half off-topic.)
  11. Cindy McLennan

    Getting To Genoa You : Y&R Daily Chat

    Hi, everyone. I hope this is the right thread for this question. [Mods, if there is a general questions thread on this forum, I missed it (I did look). I apologize if this is out of place.] Y&R fans, I have to be able to discuss Y&R intelligently, a week from today. I'm a lifelong soap viewer and used to post on the TWoP soap boards (and recap for TWoP), but I've never watched Y&R. Please recommend some online resources where I can acquaint myself with the show, significant past and present relationships, etc. I only have a week (well, really six days, now), and I have a job, and a family, so what I need is a good series-long overview, highlights and significant events. I can't binge watch a bunch of YouTube playlists (although if there is a NO YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS ONE CINDY playlist, I will trust your judgment). Also, do you have a go-to Y&R resource, when you're trying to remember, "Hey, what did Victor do, that time Nikki did the thingum?" If so, please share. Thank you.
  12. Cindy McLennan

    S05.E10: Broken Heart

    You're not the only one. I'm watching for a second time, now. I think someone already explained this, but if not.. At first, Hook wanted to cast the dark curse, because he wanted to get back to Storybrooke, where Gold is, so he can kill him. But also, Nimue said all the Dark Ones want the same thing, which is to snuff out the light, so I suppose he wants that, too. I can't decide if it's a ruse or not, nor whether I want it to be one. I agree. Except for when I think it's a ruse. I've been pretty unspoiled. Tonight might change that. The "Baby Hood" made me snicker. I also wondered if "Belle" wasn't Belle, but I guess she was. I'm kind of glad she's choosing herself. She always takes him back too quickly and easily. As for Hook, if this isn't all a ruse (I kind of think it isn't, because he wiped Emma's memories of Camelot), I think he went so dark so quickly, in comparison to Rumple and Emma, because of his history versus their histories. Rumple had no desire for vengeance when he killed Zoso. He just wanted to protect Bae. It was only once he became the Dark One that the power started corrupting him. Emma took on the darkness to save Regina (and everyone), so her history is basically the same as Rumple's. Neither of them were shown to be really bad people prior to becoming the Dark One. Rumple was a coward. Emma had been a thieving kid, but had straightened up her act after jail. Killian Jones was a hero, who turned from that path to intentionally seek vengeance, for his brother's death. What started out as vengeance against a corrupt king that sent the Jones brothers on a quest for a genocide poison, turned into general piracy, adultery, bullying, etc. and that was without dark magic corrupting him. Someone said Killian's resisting-evil muscles should be in better shape. He's really only been resisting it since he fell for Emma. Is that even two years in show time? He gave into evil for a heck of a lot longer, without a magically corrupting force. So the giving-into-evil muscles may still be in decent shape, too. In a way, Hook's journey is more like Regina's, I think. The one thing that makes me think this might be a ruse is that Hook healed Gold's foot prior to the duel.
  13. Cindy McLennan

    Small Talk: a.k.a. 'The Meet Market'

    Hey, everyone. Just checking in. I've been lurking in the show threads, but haven't had anything to add. Since I stopped covering the show for TWoP, I've been watching on auto-pilot. It's kind of nice, until something happens that makes me wonder about past episodes. Apparently, writing 7,500 words on an episode helps me commit it to memory, whereas eating popcorn and swilling Diet Coke does not. Your lovely and talented moderators gave their okay for the next part of this post. I'm writing again (for like pay and stuff) and it's about TV, but it's very different than what I used to do. I'm freelancing for TVSeriesFinale.com. I started October 1. The site runner used to do the majority of writing, himself, so there haven't been any bylines on my articles, but they're coming soon. We mostly cover series finales (hence the site name), pilots, season premieres, ratings, cancellations, renewals, development deals, etc. -- newsy stuff, i.e. no talky-meat recaps. TVSeriesFinale has a Twitter account under that name, so if you follow it, you'll see our links in your feed. I hope this finds everyone well. I miss you all. In re jury duty: I was summoned little more than a year ago. I deferred for a year (in my state, we can do that without giving a reason). My new date was fairly recently. I knew it was coming, and kept thinking I had to find that dang letter, because I hadn't put the date on the calendar (on account of how I'd received the notice in a different calendar year). Then one day, I opened my email to find that my services weren't needed and I was free from jury duty, this time. Good thing, because I didn't see the email until the day after I would have had to report. I've been called twice before. The first time, I made it to voir dire before being dismissed. The second time, I just had to hang out in the waiting room until I was dismissed. I wish I knew how our state summons potential jurors. I've been called 3 times in about 20 years. I have friends who have never been called. They're registered voters, too, so the thing makes no sense to me.
  14. Cindy McLennan

    S10.E23: Brother's Keeper

    Honestly, it's been time for the show to end since season 4.
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    S10.E23: Brother's Keeper

    And John, Ash, Ellen, Jo, Charlie, Chuck (if not God), Kevin, etc. I'm just sayin'...
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