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Once Upon a Time – Awake (6×17)

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In every story, we always reach the final chapter… the ending if you will. Things are no different in this fairytale.

Storybrooke is gearing up for the final battle and that could possibly mean, the end of the Saviour. With a revamp in store for the show’s 7th season, could they really get rid of the woman who broke Regina’s evil sleeping curse and saved the town? Highly likely.

And speaking of a sleeping curse. As Emma prepares for battle, Snow and Charming search for a way to break the Evil Queen’s “one parent must be asleep at all times so they’re never together” curse in order to be there for their daughter this time. Despite all the catching up they’ve done since season 1, they still harbor a ton of anger for letting her down during the Evil Queen’s first curse. And yes, I’m sure they are aware that she turned out just fine but parents will be parents, regardless if they’re in the real world or a fairytale.

Through a series of flashbacks, we find out that Snow is even more upset because she had the ability to prevent this final battle by choosing Emma when she and Charming originally broke the sleeping curse, 18 years before Emma was of age to be the Saviour. The fact that this was 18-years prior to everyone waking up for good when she arrived to town is vital because otherwise, you would have been as confused as I was. Long story short, Snow and Charming try to get answers about their daughter from Rumpel knowing that of all people, he would never allow himself to be put under the curse. When Charming mentions his daughters name, Rumpel is finally awoken but it doesn’t take long before he tells them that the right thing to do is “go back under” and let Emma’s time come. If they were to go and save her this early, the curse would never be broken and everyone in Storybrooke would remain asleep forever.

While that doesn’t sound like Snow and Charming’s problem, may I remind you, these are the most selfless people and no matter how hard the decision, Snow knows that she would never let anything bad happen to her people. Plus, it isn’t fair that they would seemingly get their “happy ending” with their daughter while the rest of the townsfolk would never reunite with their loved ones. So instead of putting their daughter first, Snow and Charming drink the potion and go back under the “dark curse.”

Back in the present, Snow declares that she will never put her daughter second again and that ultimately fuels every single one of her actions during the episode. At first, they entrust Regina with removing the curse from both halves of their shared heart but it fails because obviously the Evil Queen put a fail safe on it. In fact, the spell backfires and begins weakening the heart ensuring that both will be asleep by days end.

David notices pixie petals in one of Snow’s videos to him and explains that the first time they were awoken, it was in the presence of one of the pixies. While that’s optimistic, pixie petals appear only in the presence of great evil so however Emma is about to face in the final showdown is apparently already in Storybrooke. She comes face to face with her nemesis, the Black Fairy, while trying to pick the petals.

Everyone is shocked to see the originator of everything evil in town and for a moment, no one is sure how she got there until it dawns on them that she’s been working with Gideon. He’s been her minion this whole time and finally, Rumpel figures out the truth – she has his heart. She insists that her son will join her side when the darkness arrives but really, I wouldn’t underestimate him. If there’s anything Rumpel has learned in these last few episodes is that family trumps magic and darkness anyday. And the idea of family will be key in defeating Mother Monster… not Lady Gaga obviously.

But family doesn’t always have to your mom and dad. It can be your soon-to-be-fiancee too. About Hook. As you remember, he’s still stranded in the worst place in the world – Neverland. The Lost Boys are hunting him as revenge for Pan’s demise and he seeks out help from Tiger Lily, who is adamant on getting a weapon back to the Savior that can help her destroy the Black Fairy. We learn that she used to be a fairy but when she failed to put an end to the evil one, she gave up her powers. Hook risks everything to draw out his shadow self and send Emma what she needs to defeat her.

Like I said earlier, Snow is putting her daughter first and tells Emma that she needs Hook now more than ever. Instead of using the one pixie petal Gideon left behind when he betrayed his “mother” to wake her parents, she uses it to find her true love. As Snow falls into a deep slumber next to Charming, Emma opens up a portal to Neverland, hops through, saves Hook just as the ruthless Lost Boys are about to sacrifice him and brings him back to their world. I guess Gideon’s spell was no longer relevant when she used pixie petals?

Before Hook gets kidnapped again, he gets down on one knee and properly asks Swan for her hand in marriage… again. She says yes but the joyous moment is cut short when they realize both of her parents are still under the sleeping curse and no one even remembers they have a fricking toddler to take care of. I’d say it was selfish of both Emma to take her parents away from their second child. I mean, they didn’t do right by her and now they’ve abandoned a second baby. But I guess everyone knew that Emma and friends would, like always, find a way.

Regina’s plan is far fetched but it just might work. The curse her evil half created was meant for two people but if they all drink it, it might dilute the power. I still don’t know how she had any of the potion left but I guess we’re just overlooking that fact. At first, the townspeople are hesitant but when everyone realizes just how much Charming and Snow sacrificed for them, they agree. As everyone drinks a sip, they fall to the ground while Snow and Charming wake up. Since the curse was diluted everyone wakes up a mere seconds later so real harm has been done. Once again, just going to look the other way at this because I’m sure it breaks a lot of magical rules.

But with her fiancee, her parents and everyone in Storybrooke, including Rumpel and Gideon it seems, backing her, Emma is confident she can win this thing against the Black Fairy. And it seems like the Black Fairy is realizing the true power of being a hero and having family when she finds out Gideon betrayed her, even though she has his heart.

Who do you think will win the battle?

I have to be honest, I’m kind of tired of all the curse stuff and the flashbacks. I’m ready to move forward with the storyline and I’m hoping Emma and Hook’s wedding will be the fresh start we all desperate need. Who knew Storybrooke could be so suffocating?

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5 Major Moments from Once Upon a Time “The Guardian”

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Rumpelstiltskin faced a bit of a setback on this week’s Once Upon a Time when he couldn’t bring himself to push the Dagger upon The Guardian who just so happens to be Nook’s daughter Alice aka Tilly.

Here are 5 major moments from the episode below!

  • Rumpel’s distaste for Facilier goes back to Storybrooke when they exchanged words Belle’s shrine. It was evident Rumpel was running out of time to find the Guardian as his scaley crocodile skin was slowly spreading. In order to make sure Tilly was the one he was looking for, he had to test her.
  • Nook was all “don’t go near my daughter.” What else would you expect? Rumpel disregarded his warning and visited Alice anyway informing her that he had a way to break the curse and reunite her with her father. He forced her to remove Facilier’s heart and crush it but Alice was too pure and couldn’t do it.
  • Back in the present, Rogers and Weaver found Hansel deader than dead in the cell. Weaver figured out that it had to be Facilier’s doing and when he went to his secret compartment, the dagger was gone. Most of the episode focused on him chasing down the dagger which he eventually found in Tilly’s backpack. She was “keeping it safe” since you know, she’s the guardian. And that explained all the noises she’d been hearing while on her romantic date with Robin/ Margot.
  • Henry just couldn’t shake what Hansel showed him back at his apartment. He persuaded Rogers to take him back there to fetch the document. After he confirmed it’s authenticity, he brought it to Jacinda explaining that Lucy was right about him being her father. But how is that even possible, he wonders. And if she was right about that, could she be right about everything else?
  • Rogers chases down Prince Naveen/Devon who tells him that Samdi killed Hansel. When the autopsy comes back, it’s revealed the cause of death was stabbing through the heart from the inside. Again, Rogers is dumbfounded and wonders how this could be. Well, what had happened was…

We’re nearing the final chapter of the book and rapidly tying up storylines.

How will this fairytale end? Who will get a happy ending?

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Once Upon a Time – Chosen (7×17)

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Our time in Hyperion Heights is nearing an end and Henry is *this close* to breaking the curse on Once Upon a Time.

Honestly, I thought with Hansel’s talk of fairytales, something would jolt Henry’s memory since he’s the truest believer and all of his memories would come flooding back in.

Thankfully, Henry is still as much in the dark as he has been this whole season. It seems like only true love’s kiss could wake him up from his slumber. And as long as Lucy is around, that isn’t happening anytime soon.

So, what were the best moments from the episode that saw Zelena coming face-to-face with the Candy Killer? Let’s look at them!

  • The Wicked Witch TRIED to be a good person back in Oz when she was rescued by Hansel and Gretel’s blind father. When he showed her hospitality, she went back to the gingerbread cottage to save the children only to find that they were gone. She assumed they were dead but when she arrived at the cottage with vision for the father after blinding the witch, her biggest adversary, she realized the kiddos were back home and they told their father everything. He rejected the “eyes” so she threw them in the fire furiously into the fire and made Hansel pay by burning his arms.
  • Hansel has been attacking witches in the coven because obviously, they are the reason his sister is dead, but he still blames Zelena for Gretel’s death because she wanted to be exactly like her. Oh, get over it Hansel!
  • Zelena really loves Chad and when Hansel threatened to hurt him, she really put up a good fight.
  • She then told Chad everything about Zelena, minus the magical parts, and he accepted her for who she is because her decision not to kill Nick proved to him that she was really a changed woman. Ah, true love can overlook murderous claims; the Wicked Witch gets her happy ending after all.
  • Zelena and Chad are going back home to San Francisco which means this is likely the last we’ve seen of them. Unless there’s a wedding that we’re all invited too!
  • Margot is staying behind, however, because of a cute blonde girl by the name of Tilly.
  • Facilier is the one who woke up Hansel because he needed him to kill Mother Gothel, the other person vying for the Dark One’s dagger.
  • Prince Naveen has earned Sabine’s trust and is given the special recipe for her beignets, which Facilier uses for his voodoo doll.
  • That voodoo doll then kills Hansel after a tussle between him and Facilier ensues. Oh, and Facilier is the one who woke him up so that he would kill Mother Gothel who is also after the Dark One’s dagger.

Thoughts on this episode? Was the showdown between Zelena and Hansel everything you hoped it would be? Or a letdown?

Will Regina find a way to save Henry and break the curse?

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Once Upon a Time – Breadcrumbs (7×16)

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Well, Henry finally figured out who the killer was. Unfortunately, the killer made him his prisoner. So now, in addition to worrying about the curse, Henry also has to survive being held captive.

On the bright side, we finally saw the moment that Henry proposed to inexpressive Jacinda in the Enchanted Forest. Like most Jacinda-skeptics, I didn’t find anything romantic about the moment.

In both the magical realm and in Hyperion Heights, Henry was looking for his great adventure. Only one of those ended with him getting the girl.

In the Enchanted Forest, Henry turned to Hook in hopes of having his own story worthy of impressing Cinderella. It’s hard living up to your grandparents when they are Snow White and Prince Charming and have a love story for the ages!

Hook suggests they sneak onto the Jolly Roger, which has been taken over by Blackbeard, and find Davy Jones Locker. However, his plan falls through when Henry realizes the whole thing has been staged. The idea that Nook (new Hook) was so desperate to help Henry the way Hook always had, he went to such great lengths was admirable, but the storm that his plan summoned was not.

After trying to outrun to the eye of the storm, they realized they were being chased and Henry knew this was a magical side-effect to stealing the treasure. Once he climbed the ship’s mast and threw the ring back into the whirlpool, the storm diminished and everything went back to normal.

And although he now had a pretty heroic tale to his name, Henry realized that he simply wanted to have a great life with the woman he loves. Plain and simple, just like the ring, just like the proposal. Or you can call it bland because that’s Cinderella’s who appeal.

Back in the real world, Henry received a call from some New York media company who wanted to offer him a job producing podcasts. H-Town may be a hit amongst the locals but really, is it that good? This definitely smelled like a set-up by Nick who seemingly wanted Henry out of town so he could target the remaining witches Kelly (Zelena) and Roni (Regina).

Henry told Jacinda the good news, half-hoping she would beg him to stay. I personally thought they would kiss goodbye and break the curse that way but thankfully, despite their affection, they didn’t give into temptation.

Weaver interjected Henry’s plans of heading to the airport after he found his storybook at the scene of the crime. Turns out, the Candy Killer was obsessed with Henry’s writing which made Henry the only person who could read through his notes and figure out his identity.

I definitely feel for Henry because he’s walking so close to the edge of truth but is still beyond confused when it comes to his identity. He’s constantly in a foggy state of mind especially when it comes to his own writing, which is his only claim to fame.

Some encouraging words from Weaver and soon enough, Henry figured out the breadcrumbs left behind in his book — the killer thought he was Hansel and was trying to avenge his sister’s death.

Obviously, that didn’t mean anything to Henry because he didn’t believe in fairytales but for Weaver, it’s a huge clue. He’s awake so he can likely narrow down his suspects.

Given that he’s Henry’s grandfather, Weaver tried to steer him in the right direction and away from New York. After all, his whole family is right here in HH.

On his way to the airport, Henry got a flat tire and when he saw that it was caused by a “glass slipper,” he knew it was fate and that he had to go back for Jacinda. Conveniently, Henry’s car stopped right in front of the troll, which we know from last week’s episode, is equipped with security cameras. And conveniently, Nick arrived to “offer” Henry a ride.

Henry accepted thinking nothing of it but that soon changed when Nick began asking questions regarding the Candy Killer case. The more Henry told him, the tension escalated until Henry saw the scars on Nick’s arm. The Candy Killer made it very clear in the book that he has an obsession with scars.

Before Henry could even devise an escape plan, Nick injected him with some the muggle-world alternative of a sleeping curse. When he woke up, he was tied up in Hansel’s apartment and unapologetically plotting to kill again.

I think Henry will be woken from the curse not by true love’s kiss but by the realization that his stories are actually real and Hansel really is who he says he is.

His next victim? Zelena. While making up with her daughter Margot (aka Robin in the Enchanted Forest) she revealed that she misses her real-world fiancee Chad. Margot assumed the box of chocolates addresses to her mom were from him but we all know better. Honestly, if your daughter is also a half-witch and comes to town, wouldn’t you let her know that there’s a killer hunting victims with boxes of chocolates?

Let’s hope someone checks the footage from the troll cam because it’s very likely that no one will notice Henry’s disappeared because they’ll believe he went to New York.

Do you think Regina was missing because she used the magic Facilier gave her to track down whatever ingredients she needed to complete the potion to free Henry from the curse?

Aside from all this witchcraft-murder-mumbo-jumbo, Tilly and Rogers’ story succeeded in being the most endearing. They have a connection, but much like Henry and his fairytales, they don’t understand why. Rogers can’t figure out why he’s so drawn to Tilly and why he wants to help get back on the right track. Oh, just wait until it all starts to make sense, you guys!

Tilly proved that she can find her way by having a successful first day of work at Sabine’s beignet food truck. Who knew Tilly was a sales rockstar?

I love that these delicious beignets are what’s going to bring Sabine and Rogers together and also, Tilly and Margot. Do you think Tiana and Nook were together in the other realm? They are so drawn to each other here, there was to be some history.

Thoughts on this week’s Once Upon a Time? We’re nearing the end but we’re no closer to resolving this curse mystery. And honestly, Hansel taking Henry as his prisoner made this whole witchhunt arc worthwhile because otherwise, no one really cared about Hansel’s vendetta. Since Hansel and Henry were buds in the other realm, was he always evil?

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