Well I'm confused after watching last week's and this week last night.
Like crusin, I'm wondering if we knew that Aiden's father was a baggage handler. Where did that come from? I thought Padma's father was a baggage handler, in which case surely there would have been some connection there, or at least some acknowledgement. And this whole time it's been about Aiden's sister and Emily's father - how is it that they've never mentioned that Aiden's father was part of this whole thing? Since Takeda was apparently up to something that Aiden apparently knows about but Emily doesn't (that will go over big when she finds out), it does make sense that Takeda was gathering grasshoppers from among the ruins of the plane wreckage, but SURELY this would have come up before with Emily?
And where did this Regina come from? I don't pay much attention to Charlotte and Declan, but I take it that she and Charlotte had some sort of confrontation? And now suddenly they're BFFs? OK I buy that Charlotte is distraught, but to dump on Harvard and her boyfriend at the invitation of someone who five minutes earlier was her enemy is as stretch. I guess the bag Regina brought her was a pregnancy test? Does anyone even care that Charlotte is pregnant? What a bore.
Jack has become somewhat interesting now that he's gone revengey, and I do enjoy his creepy new sideways look. Declan could actually be interesting, but there's no real definition to his character. And I'm still annoyed at the out-of-nowhere B&E story that was clearly just a lazy set up to introduce the Ryan brothers (thousand ways they could have done that) and set up Amanda's death (many other ways they could have done that too).
And I'm with everyone else - Nolan knew Padma for five minutes, so all this mourning just doesn't come off as real, and it's out of character for him.
And speaking of out of character, after spending all season becoming big ruthless corporate guy who took over his father's company, Daniel wants to chuck it all and move to Paris? COME ON. Maybe last season when he was nothing more than the rich kid looking for kicks, but after they did a complete turnaround and suddenly made him a competent and ruthless corporate cutthroat, now we're throwing that off?
And just who is supposed to be running the company if Conrad becomes governor? Other than Aiden, Takeda and initiative du jour, we haven't been introduced to any other people there, and yet Conrad doesn't even blink when Daniel says he's quitting? And while I understand that William Devane was only contracted for a mini story arc last season, SURELY he would have something to say about a) his son running for governor and b) his grandson bailing on the company he founded and built and likely still supports his livelihood?
But I still enjoyed it all - after the first few watching last night, we just sat back and let it roll without trying to understand it, and enjoyed it.
I do wonder how the departure of creator/producer Mike Kelley fits in - the press makes it sound like he quit, but who does that on a hit show they've created without some bigger reason? Was he pushed out over where the show is going and we'll see things change next season, or did he quit over creative differences and we're going to see more of the same? Because part of this is way to General Hospital circa 30 years ago for me - does anyone remember when some eville organization made it snow in Port Charles (upstate NY) in July? All this initiative and falcons and eville sensei stuff is annoying when what I really want is a more Knots Landing style of character show.