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Once Upon a Time – Tougher Than The Rest (6×11)

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The spring premiere of Once Upon a Time documented the quest to becoming the hero – specifically for Emma and Gideon, the dark hooded figure also known as Belle and Rumpel’s child.

We kick things off with a flashback to Emma as a little girl, running away to live on the streets,. A boy comes up to her and tells her a motivating story of the little duckling that believed she could be a swan and that’s where Emma got her name from.

Flash-forward to the wish realm, yes… wish realm, because that’s where we left off. Remember Emma was transported there after the Evil Queen made Aladdin grant Charming’s wish. Well the good Regina followed behind, successfully convincing Emma that this world wasn’t real. So there they are about to jump into the portal to go back home when Regina spots Robin, who unlike most in the realm, hasn’t aged a bit. She can’t bring herself to leave him, causing them both to miss their escape and look for an alternative – Pinocchio.

Emma’s big plan is to ask Pinocchio to build her another magical wardrobe to take them back to Storybrooke. Without hesitation, he agrees and after a bit, Emma realizes that it was actually the “real boy” who saved her that one day on the streets, helping her realize that she could be the hero of her own story. He helped her become the Emma Swan… the savior!

Regina spent most of the episode pining over the fake Robin, hoping to see if he was better off without her. I guess it’s fair considering I’d probably act the same way she did if I saw someone I loved once again. At first Robin tells her he’s content being a common thief but after they are captured, he changes his tune revealing that he’s a thief only to benefit himself but the misery is real because he never found true love. I’d say it’s sweet but I don’t trust him for a bit.

He may look like Robin but is he really THE Robin? I mean look at Hook, he’s definitely NOT the same pirate Emma left back in Storybrooke right? But for some reason, when they’re about to walk through the portal, Emma recommends Regina bring back Robin with them because he had the same piece of feather Robin gave her after his passing. I’m calling it now, wish realm Robin realized that he could find a way out – he was a wanted man after all – by telling Regina what she wanted to hear. He’ll definitely be bringing some unwanted trouble to Storybrooke.

Side-note: Why did they kill Robin in the first place if they’re whole purpose of creating the wish realm was to bring him back? Kind of frustrating, just saying.

When Emma returns, she comes face to face with her propechy – the hooded figure waiting to kill her. She’s pretty shocked to learn that he is in fact Belle and Rumpel’s baby, all grown up. Knowing she cannot let anyone or anything control her fate, she takes him down but lets him escape at the mercy of Rumpel begging her not to kill his son. She can understand his plea considering she loved his other son. Messed up family tree, am I right?

So far, we know Gideon returned after being raised (and beaten) by the Black Fairy aka Rumpel’s mother. Twisted right? He comes to town hoping to kill Emma Swan so that he can become the next savior, which would allow him to get revenge on his grandmother and be the hero.

Even though it would be easy to call Gideon a villain, it’s safer to call him misunderstood. He’s trying to do the right thing but going about it the wrong way. Given his upbringing though and the fact that he is Rumpel’s son, he doesn’t see any other options unlike us REAL heroes who know there’s always another way. Storybrooke has made up so cheesy. Time may tell if the parents will actually be able to stop him from taking down Emma and her army but since Gideon told Belle that her memory kept him from succumbing to the darkness, I think he’ll be just fine.

Moral of the story – there an no heroes or villains… everyone has a little bit of good and a little bit of bad in them, the question is, which path are they willing to take?

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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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Once Upon a Time – Sisterhood (7×15)

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Once Upon a Time finally wrapped up the daunting Ivy/Drizella and Anastasia storyline this week.

Honestly, Adelaide Kane had so much potential as the villain-turned-hero but she was sorely underused and got an awful redemption arc. After her mother’s death, she tried to continue her mission but found herself failing at every turn. Given how close her relationship with Ana was and how much she “needed her” when they were kids, it was upsetting to see her sell her out to Facilier for a way back to the other realm. “If it comes down to your or me, I choose me,” she told her sis before deceiving her yet again.

However, Facilier underestimated Ana’s powers because Gothel was able to wake her up, right as he was completing his spell. Gothel was hoping Ana would turn on her sister because the broken bond would let her siphon more easily. However,  Ana proved to be a better sister by refusing to kill Drizella. The two make up, which sends Gothel running for the woods. What’s she going to do now?

Regina is still pissed at Drizella for casting the curse and not providing a loophole to save Henry but this isn’t her first go-around with an “unbreakable” curse. She and Weaver send the sisters off to a “happier place,” which makes them people than I would ever be. How did Drizzy just get away with everything? Regina tells herself it’s because she was coerced into casting the curse but still, it definitely isn’t fair that everyone is stuck paying the price while she gets her happy ending.

Regina is also shocked that Weaver just let the Guardian go back home, which means he won’t be able to find his way to Belle. Rumpel says something along the lines of “he feels closer to Belle whenever he does good deeds” but knowing him, he has another plan up his sleeve.

Facilier proves his loyalty to Regina by handing her the magic that he stole from Ana so that she can find a way to save Henry. He claims it’s the reason why he lied to Drizella in the first place, but I just can’t believe he would ever be so selfless.

Meanwhile, little Lucy is still trying to keep Jacinda and Henry apart, however, what’s meant to be will always find its way in the end. She plans a bro-date for Henry with his Enchanted Forest besties Hook and Nick and in an effort to help him move on from Jacinda, he agrees to ask out the next girl that walks into the bar. Magically, the next woman is actually Jacinda and the two flirt up a storm. Not believing in this fate mumbo-jumbo, Jacinda challenges him to sink a coin in a nearby glass but the bartender pulls the glass before it even has a chance to make it.

I want Henry to find his happiness but seriously, Jacinda is such a dud. She has no personality, no dimension, nothing.

That’s seemingly a good thing because if it had made it, Henry and Jacinda would have likely kissed thus breaking the curse and killing Henry. However, Jacinda tempted fate again at home and sunk the shot, convincing herself that maybe Lucy has been right this whole time. If Lucy and Regina don’t come up with something quick, things are going to get really messy.

As for Nick, he left the bar to find that his car got a flat tire. The boys offered to change it for him but he refused and when he opened his trunk, we understood why. Inside was the creepy baby mask, from the horror-movie-inspired scene that made me question what I was watching for a hot minute, and packages of marzipan chocolates used by the witch killer.

Considering the “flashback” involved Drizella and Gretel fighting to join Gothel’s coven, it stands to reason that Nick is actually Hansel from “Hansel and Gretel” and is seeking revenge on the witches for killing his sister. It also explains why Ivy became one of his targets as she’s the one actually responsible for Gretel’s death and why he uses something as unsuspecting as candy.

However, this means Nick is awake, he wasn’t a real friend to Henry back then, and someone else knows his secret because I doubt he slashed his own tire. Is it Weaver? Facilier?

That said, the serial killer storyline feels so random on this show. I don’t even really care what happens to Gothel or her witches since we’re trying to break the curse and save Henry’s life. Also, without Ivy, who are any of Gothel’s witches? What does it even matter to us? Aside from her beef with Hook and Tilly.

I was really into the revamp at first but about halfway through the season, it became clear that Once had really run its course.

Thankfully, we’re inching closer to the series finale which means we’re closer to reuniting with all our good friends in Storybrooke. How do you think the series will end?

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