There was none of the cliche, ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down you’re long hair,” this week even though we met the famous long haired beauty, only because she didn’t actually want to be saved. One of the greatest things about OUAT is the way they take a classic fairytale and turn it into something so much more than you’re typical love story.
Like I mentioned previously, the two time period thing this second half of the season is done very cleverly as the actions during both times mimic each other. It would be so easy for everyone to figure out what’s really happening to them in present day Storybrooke if they could just remember what happened to them back in the Enchanted Forest just a year ago as they’ve already encountered all of these problems.
It’s not easy finding the Wicked Witch of the West in Storybrooke when she’s not hiding behind her green skin, but Emma and co. are on a mission to figure it out anyways using modern day tactics, like finger printing. What’s terrifying is that the witch has already worked her way into Mary Margaret’s life and no one even knows it. I mean, you’d think that they would be suspicious of some woman whose come into their lives and offered her service given theirs a witch on the loose. Especially someone that they don’t automatically remember from the previous curse. But that’s just how Snow is. She doesn’t think twice about Zelena being her new midwife and in all fairness, she’s probably too preoccupied with the arrival of the baby she doesn’t remember making.
David’s fears about the new baby are also in high gear. The dream he had was both fantastic and disconcerting at the same time. Emma looked beautiful and really portrayed Cinderella beautifully. But when things got weird and doll heads started spinning and she got sucked into the Narnia wardrobe, I was totally weirded out. Whatever Charming had before going to sleep must’ve done him wrong. He’s obviously worried about the kind of father he’s going to be to his second baby since he didn’t do such a good job with his first kid. That’s not to say Emma didn’t turn out fantastic, but just that David didn’t contribute much to her upbriniging. Not that any of that was even his choice. He was doing the right thing for his family and the Kingdom but it still sucks. It’s a guilt he’s had to live with this whole time. A year ago, he dealt with the same fears and decided to go find night root that was said to help one rid themselves of fears and anxiety. David found the root, but automatically heard someone yelling for help in a high tower. He heroically scaled it to find Rapunzel trapped inside. She warned him to leave before the figure that trapped her in the castle came and found him, but it was too late. The cloaked figure had arrived, moving in a terrifying way the resembled the grudge. When David tried to defeat her, he realized the witch was actually Rapunzel herself. The cloaked figure was a metaphor for fear and in order to get rid of her, she had to overcome her fear. Come face to face with it and stop being scared of herself. That was the only way to get out of the tower.
Fast foreword to present day and David is being a good husband and father and meeting Snow’s midwife Zelena. But while these two are dealing with anxiety over the new baby, Zelena has a plan of her own. She gives David a tea mixed with some magical herbs and when he goes off to the forest to meet up with Hook and Emma, he begins to see the cloaked shadow. At first he think’s its the wicked witch, but soon comes face-to-face with himself. An evil David actually whose ready to take him down. David’s quick to come to terms with his fears after seeing Emma’s car pull up, defeating the figure with his sword. The sword disappears in a puff of green smoke and Regina informs him that the sword is a metaphor for courage. When he defeated his fears, he transferred some of his courage into that sword and to the witch. Apparently, transferring courage is a powerful thing. It’s also a clever nod at the original Wizard of Oz story, where the main character Dorothy encountered three people on her way to see the wizard. The lion who wanted courage, the tin man who wanted a heart and the scarecrow who wanted a brain. I wonder who the other two victims (heart and brain) will be?
Hook did not miss a beat joning Emma in her search for the witch. He doesn’t waste time, continuing to question Emma about dating a flying monkey. Just leave her alone Hook, she obviously didn’t know who he was!!! She’s not into monkeys…. I think. After a thorough sweep at the Mayor’s office, they find traces of boysenberries, which can only be found in the deep forest. This clue leads them to a farm house, another nice nod at the original Wizard of Oz story- Dorothy’s home, bicycle, basket, and storm shelter! Oh Kansas. There’s no place like home. Emma want’s to dive right in and check out the cellar, but Hook’s careful and state’s they shouldn’t go in without someone that can do magic. You know, in case it’s a trap. Hey, you have to give him props for caring about Swan. Anytime these two are alone they share a magical moment. I wish they’d just go for it already! I know Emma’s holding out hope for Belfire but really, the spark between these two is so obvious. That kind of chemistry doesn’t exist between Emma and Belfire!
Once David and Regina rejoin the group, their able to go inside the storm cellar and what they find blows everyones mind. The cage is empty, but inside is a spinning wheel with straw that’s been turned into gold all over the floor. Who’s the only person that has the ability to do that? Well, Rumpelstilstkin of course. The fact that he’s alive might be a good sign, but spinning gold probably isn’t. After all, he only did that when he was cuckoo (and we know he is). Also, did you see the joy and evil that spread across Regina’s face when she realized her old master is still alive. I don’t know if she’s hoping he could save them from this witch, but if she is, she’s wrong. I don’t think anyones aware of how messed up Rumpel is at this point. He’s definitely not the man he was before. Also, seeing Zelena talk about her daddy issues with Rumpel while trying to be sexy was so disturbing. I don’t get it nor do I want to, but if he turns out to be her father and becomes the reason she’s trying to get revenge on her sister than I’ll just be super grossed out. I mean, it makes sense. Cora is her mother but her and Regina share a different father. There was a time when Cora had a thing with Rumpel right? And this could have been their kid and she’s upset because he chose to help Regina with her dark magic instead of her. Yeah, so like I said that scene between Zelena and Rumpel is horrifying!
Once Upon a Time – Homecoming (7×21)
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.
Once Upon a Time – Is This Henry Mills? (7×20)
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,
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!
Once Upon a Time – Flower Child (7×19)
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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