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Once Upon A Time- Smash the Mirror (4×08)



The two-hour November sweeps special was packed with information and game changing moments. Emma continued to battle with her out of control magic, finally enlisting help from the crocodile to get rid of it. Come on Swan, you know Rumpel can’t be trusted. No matter how much we want to believe that he’s changed, he hasn’t. Sorry Belle… this will be a low blow to your marriage. We got more background as to the prophecy, what happened to Ana, how Elsa came to be locked in Rumpel’s dark magic treasure chest and well, another curse was cast on our beloved Storybrooke. Here are the top moments from the episode.

  1. The Prophecy of the Three Sisters: We get a glimpse of where the prophecy really came from. Back in Arendelle, the Snow Queen had the sorcerers magic hat. She used it against him as leverage. If he wanted it back, and he did, he would have to find her two sisters with magic just like hers. The sorcerer was not one to make deals, but in this case, he promised that Elsa could be the first sister and the second magical sister had not been born yet. Her name was Emma. When she traded him the hat, his apprentice provided her with a door that led her to New York city circa 1980’s. It was literally a moment stolen from Enchanted. That’s how her journey of becoming Emma’s foster mother began, which eventually led her to Storybrooke.

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2. What Happened to Anna: During her time in Arendelle, the Snow Queen wanted to turn Elsa against Anna thus proving her point that family will eventually betray you because your different. That turned out not to be the case. When the Snow Queen imprisoned Anna, she told Elsa that her sister found the object her parents were initially looking for and was going to use it to strip her magic. Elsa pretended to believe her, but only to free Anna so they could find the magical urn and put the Snow Queen back in her place. Once they found it, Elsa returned Anna to her prison to execute the plan, which was foiled because the Snow Queen was onto them. She cast the spell of shattered glass on Anna, who ended up turning on her sister and trapping her in the urn. Once she did, the curse broke and she realized what she had done. The Snow Queen was angry at her for locking away her “sister” clearly upset that Elsa and Anna’s bond was stronger than she imagined and that Elsa would rather sacrifice herself than hurt her sister. Rumpel came and stole the urn with Elsa in it, eventually locking it in his little chamber of secrets. Meanwhile, the Snow Queen froze over the kingdom, Anna and Kristoff included. Putting this and the prophecy together, we can understand why Emma “accidentally” but intentionally tipped over the urn freeing Elsa and bringing her into this land. It was all supposed to happen eventually. 


3. Emmas Magic: In present day, Emma is still dealing with her “dark magic.” After she hurts Henry with it, she decides she doesn’t want it anymore. She turns to the only person she thinks can help, Rumpel. Personally, I would have turned to Regina who at least has proven to be trustworthy. Rumpel will forever be the dark one, doing things for selfish reasons despite getting good cards handed to him. When Emma comes to him, he tells her he has a spell that can take away her powers forever. What he doesn’t tell her is that she will get sucked into the sorcerers hat right along with the with her powers. 

4. Hook, Elsa and the Snow Queen to the Rescue: While Emma is blindsided by her desire to rid herself of her powers and her parents are too busy thinking that maybe this is for the best, Hook realizes the only way Emma could possible get rid of her magic is by trusting the crocodile. It’s a good thing Hook knows all about the sorcerers hat and has seen it in action. Unfortunately, there’s no way of getting to Swan to stop her because she isn’t picking up her phone. Rumpel traps the Snow Queen so she can’t leave her ice cave for the time being, which becomes a problem. While she wants Emma for her own selfish reasons, one thing she doesn’t want her to do is trust Rumpel and give up her powers. She uses her mirror to project herself to where Emma is and tries to talk her out of trusting the dark one. When Emma realizes it’s just a vision, she proceeds with her mission, convinced she can never trust anything the Snow Queen says. God, when she sets her mind to something it’s pretty difficult to make her see otherwise. Finally Elsa takes the locator spell that Regina brought and uses Emma’s scarf to track her down. She finds Emma in the abandoned mansion struggling with whether or not she should open the door and give up her magic. She tells Emma that while her sister Anna was the only one who could always help her control her magic, here in Storybrooke she mastered her powers with Emma’s magic. She’s just as much a sister to her as Anna was. The only way to get full control of her powers is to finally accept who she is. When she finally does, her powers turn into a radiant light, no longer electrocuting everything and everyone in sight. It’s a good day. She even shoots up some fireworks, celebrating with her whole family who came to stop her. The happiness is only temporarily lived however.


5. Rumpels Evil Plan Part 2:So he failed getting Swan’s magic and making the hat super duper powerful. But there’s always a part two. In order to finally break free from his dagger, which gives anyone the power to control him, he must sacrifice the heart of someone who knew him before he turned into the dark one. Those people are all dead however. Everyone except for Hook.. unfortunately Hook is right where he needs him, coming to save Emma. He rips out his heart but before killing him, uses Hook to do some chores for him. I really hope he doesn’t kill Hook because first off, I would be devastated. Secondly, it would mean that Emma’s theories of always losing the people she loves is true. Ah. Also, can we talk about what a d*ck Rumpel really is? I thought being married to Belle and losing Neal would change him but nope! He’s still all about getting power. He didn’t even blink twice when it came to killing his grandsons mother. Sheesh. Although props to him for letting Emma decide her fate and not just pushing her into the room, or forcing her to give them up. But it still doesn’t redeem him. 


6. The Snow Queens Ribbons: She finally got her ribbons back… you know the ones she used to wear with her real sisters that kept their bond super strong and made sure they’d never turn on each other. Yep, the same ones she gave to Rumpel in exchange for a way to get rid of her powers… which eventually made the sisters turn on each other. Now the ribbons are super powerful and could only be used when all three “sisters” accepted their magic. Since it finally happened, the Snow Queen unleashed them on Elsa and Emma, binding all of them together. The ribbons, although yellow and cute work more like chains. Plus, I’m sure they will have some special powers against the curse of shattered sight.

7. Curse of Shattered Sight: Which you guessed it, the Snow Queen cast. Honestly, no more curses. This town has seen so many they should be experts. When this curse goes into affect it will cause all the residents of Storybrooke to turn against each other, seeing only the ugly in everyone. Yikes. Who do you think will actually turn on each other? When people start pointing out each others bad habits, it’s bound to get ugly.


8. Regina’s Happy Ending: Who said villains don’t get happy endings? Regina finally succumbed to the hotness that is Robin Hood. After a passionate night, she realized what she did was definitely wrong because he’s married. Plus, the ending wasn’t written for Regina to be with Robin Hood. He’s not giving up however, taking her idea of finding the author of the story book. He enlists the Knave for help and the two being looking in the most obvious place: the library. While their searching, someone places a new ending in his satchel. Regina is ecstatic to see that this new page shows what would have been if she walked into the bar and embraced her fate. It means that there wasn’t one way her villanouis life could go. There were multiple paths that changed when she chose one. She was the creator of her own fate, which means she could have her happy ending with Robin! Woohoo! 


What did you think of the episode? We gave it 9/10 stars for finally putting everything- the curse, Regina’s plan, the sisterhood, the past, Rumpel’s plan- in perspective. Will the “sisters” be affected? Will the ribbons protect them? And better yet, will Rumpel be affected and will he go through with his plan before the curse hits? 

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Once Upon a Time – Homecoming (7×21)



Once Upon a Time Homecoming

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)



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!


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



Once Upon a Time Flower Child

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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