Henry might be a bit too old for Operation Cobra, but he isn’t too old for Operation: Next Chapter.
Emma Swan returned for a brief second on Once Upon a Time this week to explain a bit more about what happened to Storybrooke.
In case you didn’t watch last week, Henry departed Storybrooke in search of his own story and ended up in another realm where he fell in love with the first ever Latina Cinderella (heck yes) after she tried to murder Prince Charming. Since this much-older, new-actor Henry crashed a fairytale story that wasn’t his own, Cinderella’s evil stepmother placed a curse on them all, sending them to Hyperion Heights with absolutely no recollection of who they were.
Even worse – Henry didn’t remember his whole family, not even his daughter Lucy, who showed up at his door to make him believe again. It was a welcome nod to the very first episode of OUAT.
So that’s where we pick up again. Henry is once again drawn to Hyperion Heights to apologize to Jacinda, who lost custody of Lucy to town Mayor (and stepmother) Victoria Belfrey. He finds out that she jacked up prices to Lucy’s ballet recital later that evening just so Jacinda couldn’t afford to go.
Being the quick thinking lad that he is, he charmed his way into a bartending position at the ballet and scored Jacinda and her friend, known as Princess Tiana in the enchanted world, a catering gig so they could attend – and get paid.
During this, we also pay a little visit to Storybrooke, before Henry embarked on his mission to find his own happy ending. Emma is worried, as all mothers are because she’d already missed so much time. Hook gives him a “message in a bottle” that he can use when he’s in danger.
We then flip to the other realm, where an adult (and hot) Henry is in danger. Lady Tremaine has cornered him and locks him up in Cinderella’s old bedroom. It’s rather odd considering you’d think someone of her stature would have a better place for convicts and such. She instructs her daughter to force him to tell her where Cindy went but Hook and Regina come through right in time to save him.
It’s a happy reunion with Regina getting all types of emotional because well, her son is a brand new actor she’s never actually met. Unless you count that bar scene in Hyperion Heights when they didn’t actually know that were mother and son. Henry is concerned why Emma didn’t arrive with them but Hook assures him everything is fine, she’s just fighting little dragons. My first thought was – is Emma pregnant with dragons, but really, I know that would be ridiculous.
Regina isn’t pleased with Hook for lying to Henry about Emma but he informs her that he’s just following her orders. Um, WHAT’S WRONG WITH EMMA?
As Regina does a spell on Cinderella’s glass slipper – and realizes that her magic does not work in this realm, Hook smells seawater and goes to get some intel from local pirates. Surely, someone would see a princess’ escape right? Before he can even find any pirates to chat up, he comes face-to-face with a much-older and uglier Hook from a different realm. Yes, I did just say an “uglier” Hook like that’s even possible. Really, it was just the teeth that threw me off.
Anyways, self-pitying and rum-infused Hook 2.0 knocks OG Hook out because according to his logic if one can find love then so can the other. His plan is to steal Emma Swan, but not before making a deal with Lady T: she restores his dashing looks, he removes Henry from her realm forever.
So, Hook 2.0, looking just like Hook, returns to Regina and Henry with a letter from Cinderella, which he says she left behind before hopping on a ship out. Whatever she “wrote” in the letter dashes Henry’s hopes of them ever being together and when Hook 2.0 encourages him to leave the realm, he agrees. And that’s when Emma Swan arrives. She’s a bit late but she’s got a good reason – she’s pregnant after all. You don’t even know how glad I am that their plan wasn’t to kill her off.
When Hook 2.0 realizes this, he runs off to get OG Hook. But OG Hook isn’t about to be fooled again and stabs his lookalike, who explains that he thought finding true love would help him find his daughter, who is trapped in a prison. Drunk Hook 2.0 has a daughter everyone. I wonder who she could be! Considering the only “piece” of her that he has is a chess piece, I’m going to call it now and say that it is the evil Alice that is working for Rumpel.
Hook begs Emma to save Hook 2.0 and even without her magic, she’s able to make him believe and heal him. Duh, the power of true love. Henry teams up with Hook 2.0 to help him find his daughter. He also encourages Regina to stay back to find her true love because let’s face it, she’s exhausted all potential suitors in Storybrooke. So that’s how we get the three musketeers that we find completely clueless in Hyperion Heights.
And yes, this explains that Storybrooke and all of its residents, namely the important ones like Emma, OG Hook, Snow and Charming, are all doing just fine and living out their happy endings. Sorry Archie. The door has been left open for some guest appearances and even a character-filled series finale when that day comes. It’s quite perfect!
Back in Hyperion Heights, things aren’t as peachy. Officer Rogers is beginning to see through the curse after finding a picture of Emma. Yes, this is Hook 2.0 but he still shares parts of Hook and true love is stronger than any curse, I’ve been told.
His first day on the job, Victoria orders him and Weaver to get rid of Henry by any means. Obviously, Rogers isn’t comfortable with this because he thinks he’s the key to figuring out everything about Emma Swan. When she spots Henry at the ballet, she knows that his presence will slowly unravel her curse, so she demands that the detectives frame him for theft.
Weaver orders Rogers to slip Victoria’s bracelet into his pocket. Thankfully, Rogers ignores orders, forming an alliance with Henry and also Weaver, who was testing his character. See a drunk can turn into a hero! The Hook 2.0 storyline was a bit much at first because it’s hard to keep track of characters when they are 2 different people in different timelines but than add doppleganger’s and it’s a mess. But now, I appreciate the loophole it gave Emma and Hook. He can still be with his true love in Storybrooke while we can watch Hook in action – guyliner and all.
Jacinda tells Henry she accepts his apology and yes, he’s totally falling in love with her. Understandably so since she’s his true love. Rogers then confides in Henry that the woman in the book, Emma Swan, saved him in an alleyway when he got shot. The gig at the ballet helped him realize that Victoria is the villain in all of their stories and she needs to be stopped. Roni aka Regina joins in because like I said, you can put a curse on these characters, but that need to be heroes always pulls them back together. Just like that, we’re back in action people. And Victoria isn’t going to like it.
She also doesn’t like that Weaver is no longer on her team. Truthfully, I thought Rumpel was on her side and playing the villain but after his chat with Hook, I kind of think he might be aware of what’s going on. The curse didn’t erase his memory in Storybrooke, why would it be any different here. He might actually be looking out for Henry and the trio’s biggest ally.
Also, you would think that they would put everything together – Hook 2.0 being saved by a fictional character, Henry’s attraction to Jacinda, not being able to find any relatives, fuzzy memories of things that seem impossible – and realize that maybe, Lucy is telling the truth. At this point, believing in fairytales might be the least absurd thing they could possibly do in Hyperion Heights.
At this point, believing in fairytales might be the least absurd thing they could possibly do in Hyperion Heights.
Thoughts about the epsiode? Are you liking the rebooted series?
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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