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?