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Once Upon A Time-Rocky Road (4×03)

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Things got icier than usual in our favorite town of Storybrooke this week.

The mysterious icy villain was still at large, and she became an imminent threat, when she turned Robin Hood’s wife, Marion into a block of ice. Although eating some vanilla ice-cream with sprinkles isn’t the worst way to go. Not knowing who else to turn to, he calls Regina for help. Nothing like calling your ex-girlfriend to help save your dying wife’s life… especially when your ex-gf is the Evil Queen who would probably love to see your wife dead. Regardless, Regina proves that she’s turned over a new leaf, by actually trying to save Marion.

She proposes a true-loves kiss would do the trick and reverse the spell, but shockingly, it doesn’t work. Maybe the magic was too powerful, she exclaims, but Robin Hood knows the real reason it didn’t work. He later confesses that he’s not in love with Marion anymore, which makes Regina happy.  Nevertheless, he promised to stay with her until death do them part, and he’s truly a man of his word– a noble man.Without being able to break through the powerful spell, Regina decides the only way to save Marion, is  to remove Marion’s heart before it freezes over and place it in one of her safety boxes in her lair. I’m wondering if maybe Marion can still hear despite being frozen. Wouldn’t it be a great plot twist if she heard her husband say he loves another woman and when she finally woke up, thanked Regina by handing over her man. It’s a fairytale right? The villain deserves her fairytale, especially when she’s a not villain anymore.

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Emma decides she needs to find out who this icy monster is. They know it isn’t  Elsa because she’s been with them the whole time. The townspeople aren’t convinced though. After hearing what happened to Marion, their ready to rip Elsa’s head off. After all, who else has that kind of magic? It’s funny how they cannot accept that Elsa may actually be good, but are totally fine being friends with the Evil Queen. When Emma goes on her mission to find out who the icy monster is, she orders Hook to take Elsa to the station to keep her safe from the mob that’s probably coming after her. Hook isn’t one to take orders though.He strays to Rumpel’s place, where he threatens the beast by telling him he knows that the dagger Belle has is a fake. In exchange for his silence, Hook wants Rumpel to take the hair they found on Marion’s body and do a “locator spell” basically. The hair turns into snowflakes and starts flying back to its owner, leading them to the Snow Queen in the Enchanted Forest.

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He calls Emma and tells her that she needs to come there right now.  She’s on her own search of the forest, looking for clues around Robin Hook and Marion’s tent.. Instead of evidence, she finds our favorite Wonderland character ransacking the tent. The Knave offers Emma and David some information on who the icy monster could possible be, in exchange for his freedom.He leads them to the ice-cream shop, which he says was oddly running last night even when all the power turned off. How does ice-cream stay cold without power? Icy magic!  When they enter the shoppe, Emma notices that their is no sound of refrigerators running. As they head to the back room, they realize the whole place is frozen over. The Knave was right. Unfortunately, they can’t even thank him because before they know it, he’s run off with all the money from the register. Once a thief always a thief right?

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Hook and Elsa tried to sneak away from the Enchanted Forest unnoticed,  but the Snow Queen freezes Hook in his tracks.. right under a bunch of very sharp, icicles. Elsa doesn’t remember her at all, and she explains it’s because her memory was wiped by the rock trolls, before she was trapped in Rumpel’s closet. But apparently, these two knew each other and she knows that Anna put her away. Okay, so we know that Anna is at least alive. Elsa doesn’t believe her own sister would do such a thing, but it’s all part of the Snow Queen’s plan to show her that eventually, even the people she loves and considers friends and family, turn on people like them. People with magic. Ugh, wrong town sweetheart. You might have unique icy magic, but your not the only one struggling or possessing powers.

Emma finally gets Hooks voicemail and comes just in time. Surprisingly, her powers are able to push the Snow Queen away, free Hook from his ice sculpture and push him and David away from the falling ice. Does her power get stronger when her mans life is on the line? I think so.  When the Snow Queen see’s the savior, she mutters Emma, in way that hints that she’s know her prior to this moment. Emma doesn’t remember her at all, but knows that she probably should. Who is this lady?

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A little background comes to our aid from a flashback.  Kristoff snuck away and found out that Hans and his brother are trying to take over Arendelle by using a vase to capture Elsa and her magic. Kristoff and Elsa embark on a mission to find this vase, and reach the cave minutes before Hans. They have the  opportunity to destroy the powerful item, but Elsa’s need for answers about her magic and why she’s the only one in her family with it, gets the best of her. Before she knows it, Hans and co, have arrived. She uses her magic to stop them all, but unfortunately, Hans captures Kristoff and threatens to kill him if she doesn’t hand over the vase. Leave it to Kristoff ‘s actor Michael Scott Foster to keep the wit and charm even in the roughest of times. Elsa realizes she made a mistake, apologizes to Kristoff saying she cannot have her sister’s fiancee killed, and gives over the vase. When Hans opens it, he releases a liquid thinking it will trap Elsa. Instead, the Snow Queen molds from the liquid and turns Hans into an ice-cube. Okay, so his plan slightly backfired…

Elsa finds out that the Snow Queen is actually her mother’s sister aka her aunt. She never knew about her because her mother never mentioned her. Maybe because she was trapped inside the vase? Who trapped her? Her sister? It would explain why she’s so bitter about people turning on you in the present. She says she’ll help Elsa find her sister. I wonder if she was just faking being a good person, or was there really a time when she was good? 

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In present day, the Snow Queen goes home only to have a little visitor at her doorstep. Rumpel. Doesn’t it seem like Rumpel’s been involved with every single character on the show. He really gets around. He asks if Emma remembered her, and she tells him know, which he thinks is a good thing. From this little encounter, it seems like there is a lot more to the story than we could even begin to imagine. But I’m so curious. Why do Elsa and Emma, the two women who share a resemblance, both not remember the same icy, cold woman?

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Other Thoughts

  • The towns people are brutal. They asked for Snow to be mayor, but totally expect to much from a new mother.
  • That being said, the Cricket came to tell Snow that even though she feels guilty for not spending every second with Emma, or meeting her till much later on in life, it’s okay to let the baby go for a little and get some space.
  • Despite being heartbroken, Regina got it together and came out of hiding. She even bought Henry some comic books, but for a selfish reason. The two are working on Operating find out who the writer of the story book is.
  • Anyone else think Kristoff and Elsa had a lot of “chemistry.”
  • I want to know what happened to the Knave after that happily ever after on Wonderland. He got married to Anastasia, so why is he roaming the Enchanted Forest as a thief again?
  • Kudos to the writers for the scene where Emma makes Rumpel use the dagger and control him. He’s really trying hard to make Belle believe in him. Even bigger kudos to Hook for realizing it was fake, and saying he could blow his cover by telling Belle to summon the Dark One. Oh, I wish he would. I love Rumpel as a character, but his deceiving ways towards Belle are bothersome. Especially now that he’s working with the Snow Queen!
  • Emma and Hook need to kiss.all.the.time! We also find out that the reason Emma is so distant is because she’s afraid of losing Hook. Every man she’s ever loved and gotten close to has died. I guess, that’s the risk of dating the savior right?


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Once Upon a Time – Homecoming (7×21)

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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)

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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)

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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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