Once Upon a Time- S3E16- It’s Not Easy Being Green- (Spoilers)
This episode gave us background for Zelena. We now know why she is on the path she is on and what her plans actually are. I liked what we learned and am very curious as to how they are going to play out her plan. Time travel can be done very well or it can be done horribly and end up confusing the whole show into a tangled mess.
First we learned in this episode what drove Zelena over the edge. It was interesting to see the two sides of the people who found Zelena and how their differences could be one of the reasons Zelena ended up as she did. Her mother was instantly captivated by Zelena as a child. It was as if she was blind to the world around her. This new baby became her whole world. I feel like she had wanted a child for a very long time and now that she had one, nothing and no one else mattered anymore. To me she seemed like the type of parent who refused to see any bad in her child, ever. “She couldn’t do that, she’s a good girl,” was probably a phrase she uttered quite often.
On the other hand her father is much colder. He didn’t even want to help the baby in any way. He actually just wanted to leave her where they found her. While her mother’s heart was almost overflowing with love there seemed to be little to no love in her father’s heart. This is a dangerous combination to have in parents. Her father hated her from the get go. He saw her magic, was scared and didn’t trust her from that moment onwards. While she could do no wrong in her mother’s eyes, in her father’s she did nothing but wrong.
Zelena can’t deal with her father after her mother passes. For a while she tried to live as her father wanted, hiding everything she was and accepting she was not worthy of love. Soon it becomes too much as it would for any person and she leaves to go find the Wizard of Oz. All this woman wanted was to be loved by a family. She goes to the wizard thinking he can just hand her over to a family who will instantly love and accept her. At this moment she is still like a very naive child. She believes that solution is so simple. But it is never that easy. You can’t just be thrown in a life and expect it to work out absolutely perfect and to be handed everything that you ever wanted.
Instead she finds out from the wizard that she was abandoned as a child because she could not fulfill Cora’s wish to become royalty. One part of this exchange really bugged me. How did Cora know that Zelena was not going to be able to fulfill her wish to become royalty? She abandoned her daughter as a newborn baby. Why would she automatically assume that she was incapable of becoming who she wanted her to be. She never saw her really do anything. It makes me wonder who Zelena’s father actually is. It is because of him that Cora assumed that Zelena was a lost cause?
Zelena learns that she has a half sister and that Rumple is helping her learn how to use her powers. She knows she can be better then Regina and wants to prove it. She runs off to find Rumple, to have him teach her magic and how to truly control her power. She is extremely powerful and shows the promise that Rumple has been looking for, for so long. But like any living person she has a fatal flaw, envy.
Zelena has never had a family, has never had anyone to look up to or anyone that truly cared about her. She attaches herself to Rumple because he is showing her affection and some type of attention. He tells her she is worthwhile and that proves a big issue for Rumple. The curse hinges on the idea of giving up something you love and Zelena only loves Rumple. Rumple cannot have that and pushes Zelena away. Yet again she is second to her sister, which sparks her major issue with envy. Envy is going to be the death of this woman.
I loved the way they explained Zelena being green. She is green because she let her envy for Regina and everything she has take over her whole being. Zelena issues are rooted much deeper then her physical appearance to the outside world. Her issues are an integral part of her which makes her story much deeper and makes it much more difficult to rescue her. Her issues, envy and anger have literally twisted her features and outward appearance. You can literally see how far she has fallen.
Zelena is extremely envious of Regina. She hates that Regina was kept by her mother and that she was the star student of Rumple’s. She wants what Regina had but she has absolutely no idea how off she really is about her assumptions. We all know the saying, “When you make an assumption is makes an ass of you and me,” something Zelena is going to learn very quickly. Regina did not have a life any of us would truly envy or want to live. I can honestly say I would never trade places with Regina, ever. Her mother was literally heartless, the love of her life was murdered, she had no one that could be considered close to her. She was not loved. She had to cast a curse to feel even a little bit satisfied. She adopted a child and then lost him, Henry doesn’t remember a thing about her or their history together. In no way would any of us trade places with that woman, but Zelena is so blinded by her idea of what if’s that she refuses to see the world before her. Why would her changing the past change any of that for the better for Zelena?
Zelena decides that a way to solve her problems is by changing the past. Time travel never ends well. I have never read a story where someone messed with time and ended up happier because of it. You can’t change one part of life and expect everything else to fall into place. A butterfly flaps its wings and causes a hurricane half way around the world, we have all heard that before. One twitch of one incident affects every moment from there on out. There is no way even begin to predict where this all could end up. What I do know is that never, ever goes well. Why would Zelena’s new life be any different from Regina’s?
Zelena has no idea how terrible her idea really is. She can go back, take Regina’s place and life is not going to be anywhere close to smiles and love. Cora will still be heartless, incapable of loving anyone, even Zelena. Zelena will not get the life she has always dreamed of. This is not the family that will love her with all their hearts. The world will care less about her just as they do now. I am very interested to see how this all plays out for not only Zelena but everyone else as well. This can be an interesting twist, that can really reveal a lot about all the characters or it can a complete mess, becoming convoluted and confusing. I pray its the former.
There was two very interesting scenes with Regina in this episode as well. First I loved the moment whens she explained the meaning of the letter to Robin Hood. She actually opened up to this man, which is a giant leap forward.
For years the letter had been Regina’s saving grace. Whenever she felt worthless or weak she read the letter and remembered that she was the best. This gave her the strength to get her feet back under her again. Now she comes to learn that was all a lie. She has to find a way to win this new fight, knowing that she is not the best. This is a major blow to a normally very confident woman.
Regina has always lived based off of someone’s else opinion of her. She was a disappointment to her mother, she tried to fight that and lost. She knew she was extremely powerful not because of what she did but because of some words from Rumple. She lived off of that reassurance. Now Regina has to define herself by herself alone. She can’t live for anyone else or because of anyone else anymore. She had to have faith in her own abilities and her own power. She has to look back and realize that she has always had the power, it will always be there no matter what. There is no one behind her motivating her anymore. She isn’t out to hurt Snow, she has no mother to prove wrong and no Rumple to impress. She is at her barest level and now she can rebuild herself with much stronger pieces.
The other moment I loved was when she literally gave her heart to Robin Hood. She hid it initially to save herself during the fight, knowing it would be her downfall in some manner.After the fight she has to keep her heart away from her, it being too vulnerable inside her own chest. She willing hands it over to Robin Hood. We have a key moment her for their relationship. This is her first step in trusting this man that is supposed to be her true loves.
She knows that sooner or later she is going to have trust this man. To really have a true love you have to know that that person will not hurt you. You have to give every piece of yourself to them and this is her first step in that direction.
She isn’t ready to fall into his arms but she is opening up to him. Like Tink tells her she is accepting that love is real and can actually mean something for her. Regina is learning to not only trust herself but to trust her heart as well. Opening up her heart, will open up her life. Now these next few episodes are going to be crucial. Regina is going to see how this whole incident plays out. I’m very afraid for Robin Hood at this moment, he is in grave danger having possession of Regina’s heart. I don’t foresee Zelena having any mercy on him or his son and if they break so will Regina.
“Put on a good face,” Zelena’s father – Interesting words considering how Zelena ends up literally wearing her envy on her face. She shows the whole world her wicked side quiet easily. She no longer hides anything.
“I don’t lose,”- Regina – She has actually lost quite a few time. She lost Daniel and Henry and the whole curse blew up in her face. Regina rarely actually wins.
“It is one thing to wonder about your past. Another to become envious of things you can’t have,”- Great and Powerful Oz- Regina lived for revenge and it nearly destroyed her. Zelena is living for envy basically. Envy is seen as a sin and we all know it never helps anyone to want what anyone else has. Even changing the past cannot and will not eradicate this problem.
“Can’t steal something that is given to you,” Regina- She is giving Robin Hood her heart and now she is praying he can protect it literally and figuratively.
What does Snow’s kid have to do with the time travel scheme?
If Zelena changes time how will it effect Henry?
Will it affect him at all?
Who will provide the “brain,” for this curse?
Who is Zelena’s father?
Can they ever get control of Rumple again?
Where is Hook’s ship?
How much danger is Robin Hood in now that he has Regina’s heart?
Is his son in danger as well?
What will become of Regina if Robin Hood is hurt or gives up her heart?
Will she completely break down?
When is Henry going to be clued in about everything?
Posted on April 9, 2014, in Once Upon a Time, Tv Shows and tagged change past, envy, magic, Once Upon a time, Regina, Robin Hood, spoilers, Time travel, tv show review, Zelena. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.