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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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Once Upon a Time – Homecoming (7×21)

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Henry was barely reunited with his family for 24-hours before they got whisked away by Wish Realm Rumpel on Once Upon a Time. They can’t ever catch a break.

The penultimate episode sets up the series for the finale by putting mostly everyone in danger as they face off with the enemy Rumpel was never able to defeat: himself.

And while I’m sure the fairytale showdown, complete with reinforcements brought by Tilly and Alice, is going to epic, the set-up was rather boring.

Yes, they brought back elements that paid homage to some of the earlier episodes including the author’s pen, Seer’s prophecy that the boy will be his undoing (who knew it was Henry?) and even, teenage Henry, but overall, it didn’t have the pull I was hoping for so close to the end.

Glitter-face Rumpel tells Hyperion Heights Henry that he’s going to make good on that threat to his family. If he wishes to see them again, he has to hand over HH Rumpel’s copy of the dagger.

Henry runs to Hook, Rumpel and Regina for help and the latter declares what we’ve known for years now: we don’t negotiate with villains.

After they are transported to the Wish Realm, they are split up with Regina and Henry arriving at Rumpel’s castle while Hook and Rumpel arrive at the place where he first became a coward.

There are random appearances by Peter Pan and Cruella de Ville which should be sentimental but feel more out of place than ever. Bringing back characters for the sake of bringing back characters doesn’t do anyone much good.

Peter Pan’s return was brief and dull. What were we supposed to garner from that? That Wish Rumpel is a lot more dangerous than the one we’ve come to know pretty well in HH? I could tell you that.

Rumpel traps Jacinda and Lucy in a snowglobe and as an incentive to hurry up Henry, makes it start snowing. If he doesn’t hand over that dagger, they’ll freeze to death.

HH Rumpel is all like “I have a plan,” and to be fair, he does. Hyperion Heights Hook, previously Wish Realm Hook, calls in a favor with Ariel who gives him her remaining drops of squid ink which he then uses to freeze Wish Realm Rumpel. Essentially, he’s willing to kill himself to eliminate the threat but Regina stops him.

Taking matters into his own hands, Henry knocks out Hook and heads to the retrieve the Author’s Pen. But just cause HH Henry is an adult and father now, it doesn’t mean he’s any smarter.

Wish Realm Rumpel was after the Author’s pen the whole time and HH Henry walked right into it. Henry reminds him no one but him can use that and Rumpel is like “I know, meet the Wish Realm version of yourself.”

It’s always a pleasure to see Jared S. Gilmore, especially in a villainous role; he’s the kid we see in the beginning of the episode looking to save a Princess but being thrust into the friend’s zone.

Truth be told, the most realistic part of this whole episode is the outcome of what being friend zoned can do to you. I feel your pain evil Henry.

It’s also pretty bizarre to see two versions of Henry facing off against each other. How do you stop yourself?

It’s possible that the reason I found this episode to be so mundane is that I’m genuinely quite confused by the whole Wish Realm/Storybrooke/ Hyperion Heights/ Whatever Else I’m Missing timeline. They’ve gotten so convoluted, it’s hard to keep up and realistically, I don’t even want to keep up.

With Tilly and Alice grabbing friends from Storybrooke, can we bet on Storybrooke Henry arriving to help out his other alter-ego’s?

I did like that the series addressed how the curse affected everyone including Sabine who had lost her sense of self and didn’t know how to be Queen Tiana again.

Other than that, I feel like the series vastly underused her and Prince Naveen.

What was the point of having her? To make beignets?

It’s clear that “Homecoming” was meant to be more of a set-up for the final hour with our fairytale friends and foes.

Let’s hope next week brings a lot more action, more compelling storytelling and an end to these timelines and realms once and for all.

Will everyone get their happily ever after or will there be a tragic ending?

I’m sure you already know the answer to that question, we just have to see how all of heroes are going to get there and defeat the Dark One once and for all.

My guess is that Rumpel will have to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good and kill himself. It’s the only way that I can see him fully redeeming himself so that he can reunite with Belle. And seriously, HH Rumpel has been working on better himself for quite some time now, he deserves some peace and happiness.

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Once Upon a Time – Is This Henry Mills? (7×20)

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Once Upon a Time Is This Henry Mills?

Henry Mills found himself… literally.

Once Upon a Time is nearing its series finale but the citizens of Hyperion Heights are still trapped under curse brain.

Last night’s episode found Regina desperately trying to wake up Henry after the usual remedy, true love’s kiss, didn’t work.

For mere mortals, the thought of a storybook fantasy being real is wildly impossible so it’s no surprise that Henry isn’t easily convinced. But for someone with the heart of the truest believer, everyone expects it to come a little more naturally.

None of this is as surprising as Regina’s timeline reveal; the curse that Eloise cast sent them tumbling through time and they are existing in the same time as a younger version of Henry and Regina.

It seems that young Henry is once again the key to yet another curse.

The moment in time is explained with a visit to Storybrooke where “young Henry” is preparing for graduation and can’t decide if he wants to stay home or go explore. It’s a full-circle moment as this is the time period where season 7 started.

As much as I enjoyed the reboot and getting to know a new town, I didn’t realize how much I missed Storrooke until we were back there walking the streets and running into locals.

After Hyperion Heights Regina tries to jog Henry’s memory with birth certificates, pictures and the storybook itself which she apparently dug up from Victoria Belfrey’s grave, Henry decides to tempt fate and calls the number listed on his birth certificate.

This leads him to have a bizarre conversation with himself where he even gives his younger self some real-world advice.

And Henry knows that Regina is telling the truth because he remembers having that conversation when he was graduating.

Yes, it’s complicated but what else could you expect from the writers of Once Upon a Time? They’re pros at fudging up timelines and making the impossible, possible.

What does this mean for his mom and the rest of his family? Will they come to his aide while still living with teenage Henry? Will they return to the Enchanted Forest and back to a parallel time period? All those quotes about going home have to mean something, right?

I will say, I loved that the reason true love’s kiss between Henry and Jacinda didn’t work was because it was always Henry and Regina. It mirrors how Emma woke up Henry in season one.

So, Henry remembers everything again, he is reunited with his family, everyone else is blissfully aware that the past few months have been a terrible nightmare concocted up by Drizella, Mother Gothel has been turned into a tree,

What now?

Well, the story will end with Weaver trying to overcome himself, or rather, the Wish Realm version of Rumpelstiltskin.

The Wish Realm version returned to kill Dr. Facilier and will serve as the two-night finale’s greatest villain.

While I love that the focus reverts back to Rumpel who is exceptional, what was the point of introducing Regina’s love story with Facilier. Aside from a few booty-calls, which were very out of character, it went nowhere.

The problem with OUAT is that they don’t do justice to supporting characters. Gothel, Belfrey, even Facilier were talked up as the big bads but none of it came to fruition. In the end, they were bland and unimportant.

I can see that happening with Alice/Tilly, as well. She’s supposedly the one who can save Rumpel but is she even going to play a major role?

Much like the reformed villains, the Evil Queen, the Wicked Witch, and Hook, they were forced to face the demons inside them and overcame.

If they could do it, so can Rumpel who has come a long way since being the coward.

I’m willing to bet that when he defeats himself, he’ll finally be allowed to reunite with his beloved Belle.

But first, Wish Realm Rumpel will steal Henry’s family to motivate him to get the Dark One’s dagger which will reunite him with his family including Snow, Charming and Emma!

Finally!

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Once Upon a Time – Flower Child (7×19)

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We’re just two episodes from the series finale of Once Upon a Time and while we learned all about Gothel’s origin story, we still have a lot to wrap up.

For starters, why didn’t true love’s kiss break the curse? Drizella said that was the answer so finally, a very resourceful Lucy manipulated Facilier into being a hero and figuring out a way to have the “illness” removed from Henry so that when he kissed Jacinda, the curse would break and he’d survive.

Lucy stumbling upon the glass slipper in her mother’s belongings was a bit too easy. Really, who keeps a broken shoe in a memory box?

But it was the proof Jacinda needed to believe Henry’s theory that maybe Lucy was right and all the “crazy stories” in his book were real.

And it was enough for Facilier to use in his voodoo spell.

Facilier didn’t need too much convincing because restoring everyone’s memories would be beneficial if he was right about what Gothel was plotting.

If you’ve been wondering “why Hyperion Heights,” well, it turns out this town, and specifically, the theater, is the where it all began thousands of years ago with a tree nymph named Gothel.

Who would have thought that Gothel was once an innocent creature meant to spread magic amongst her people?

Gothel’s story starts with her spying on rich princesses trying on fancy dresses. For starters, we know that she’s jealous in nature and resents people having what she couldn’t.

She sneaks into their home and while looking at the dresses, uses magic to fix a flower. She’s caught by the girls who are impressed by her abilities rather than scared and intimidated like most people. They welcome her into the sisterhood and invite her to a ball the next day.

When Gothel returns home to her magical grove, her mother warns her about the true nature of humans. She informs her that no matter how much she tries, she’ll never fit in and that her real destiny is becoming the “Mother” of magic for her people.

Gothel disregards her mother’s warning but realizes just how wrong she is when the girls turn on her and call her an abomination before dousing her with mud.

As she returns home distraught she finds the grove was destroyed and burned to the ground by the humans. With her dying breath, her mother encourages her not to seek revenge so naturally, that’s exactly what Gothel does.

Fueled by anger, she crashes the party and begins killing the humans with magic starting with their “queen bee.” Seraphina, the only girl who seemed to feel guilty for what happened, counters her spell revealing that she too is a witch.

Gothel sees an opportunity for a new “sister” and extends an olive branch. She brings Seraphina back to her destroyed grove and deems this realm the “Land Without Magic.” In her final moments, she vows to return here one day to restore it to its former glory.

That seemingly took thousands of years but is the basis for the curse that she forced Drizella to cast. Poor Drizzy, she thought she was doing this to hurt her mom but she was just a ploy in Gothel’s bigger scheme.

There wasn’t any love for Gothel since she’s done some terrible things and made a lot of people miserable, but can you blame her? Her story isn’t exactly one the evokes hope and makes you believe in the goodness of humanity.

In the present day, Eloise Gardener is preparing for the ritual, approaches Tilly and confesses to being her mother.

Tilly might be weird, but she’s not a fan of cult-leaders coming up claiming to be her mother.

She defends all the terrible things she’s done by saying “the world was cruel, so I turned cruel,” which is the equivalent of “they made me do it.”

Tilly runs off to Detective Weaver with these delusional claims but he isn’t weirded out at all; not after Prince Naveen (Sebastian) told him about the existence of a coven and magic.

They turn to Henry for some help and while they expect him to be dismissive of their delusional hypothesis, he’s completely on board because he too believes something odd is happening in this town.

How else would you explain the paternity test confirming Henry is Lucy’s father if they never even had sex?!

The desk sarg calls in with a tip about a gang of hooded women at the theater so Weaver and Tilly go to check it out.

Tilly ponders about how odd it is that the truth is seemingly in close proximity of everyone yet they don’t know it’s there.

That’s the real curse.

When they enter the theater, they realize its a trap so that Eloise can get her hands on her daughter.

She tries to encourage her to help the coven complete the spell as Weaver begs Tilly not to do it.

However, Eloise has now revealed that Weaver is Tilly’s father and if she doesn’t do as she says, she’ll kill her.

Always with the dramatics, Eloise.

Tilly finds herself at an impossible crossroads but recognizes that she would never be able to live with herself if she let her father die.

In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, Tilly has really become the heart and spirit of the show. She definitely made this version worth watching and even made up for Jacinda’s lack of enthusiasm.

As she becomes the final member of the coven, the spell is complete.

Now, we’re back to Jacinda and Henry who have accepted the idea that they really are a fairytale couple.

But like I mentioned before, the kiss did not break the curse so, at this point, everyone is out of options, especially as Gothel becomes the all-powerful one.

So, what now? How do they break a curse when the creator of it is no longer around?

Will Gothel’s spell go through? Will it flood the realm with enough magic to save everyone?

How will they incorporate our original characters into the end?

There’s still so much to wrap up here that I don’t think two episodes will suffice.

  • What’s the story with Tiana and Naveen? Why was Facilier using him and why did they make it a big deal?
  • Will Weaver ever reunite with Belle? Will he find someone other than The Guardian to take over his dagger?
  • Will Tilly and Rogers be allowed to reunite once the curse breaks?
  • How are any of us getting back to Storybrooke?
  • Will Gothel die?
  • Will Regina end up with Facilier?
  • Will we ever see Kelly/ Zelena’s wedding?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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