The Evil Queen storyline has finally come to a conclusion and I am hoping this will give the show an opportunity to branch out and try to tell some new, fresh stories. While the Evil Queen story ended, the circle of issues with Hook and Emma is still spinning.
The episode opened in the past with The Evil Queen yet again looking for Snow. As she is threatening the village, Tinker Bell, comes in and tells them that she is to blame for the way the villagers are being treated. She reveals that Regina walked away from love and that made her bitter and angry. Regina denies it all, trying to make it seem like she cares about her people.
In the present The Evil Queen and Robin are bonding. They both realize that they do not belong in the mortal world. Both of them don’t belong in a place where things are calm and selfless. They both have hard and difficult personalities and need somewhere that works with that. Robin reveals that he wants to return to his world, he wants to be back in a world he understands and can work with. The Evil Queen agrees to help him if he helps her.
We then hop back to the past and we learn that Regina’s father is desperate to help her find true love. He tricks her, making her think he is going to help her find Snow White. In reality he brings her to cupid’s arrows. He tells her that she deserves love and he wants her to be happy. Regina lashes out, angry that she was tricked. At that time she thinks she has what she wants, revenge.
Regina takes the arrows and reworks them to show her who she hates. She believes it will take her straight to Snow, when it instead it shows her, her own image. This isn’t new information for us. We know that Regina spent much of her past pretending that she was happy with her revenge plot. We know that she thought that killing Snow would solve all her issues.
We also know that she learned that love is what she was missing. Past Regina didn’t want to admit that she had lost an essential part of herself. This whole series has been about Regina taking a step back and learning what she really deserves and that is a second chance at love.
In the present Regina faces off against her evil half. She is set on destroying her for good. She wants to be done with this whole thing. They fight and in the end Regina takes her heart and combines it with The Evil Queen’s. She forces light into her darkness, while also darkening her own heart again.
This was the end that I assumed we were heading too since this all started last season. Regina was dead set on pushing all the dark out of her life while The Evil Queen was set on destroying all the light in hers. They both learn in this episode that there has too be a balance between the two forces. Light and dark do not exist without each other.
Once The Evil Queen’s heart is lightened she is no longer interested in destroying Regina. She wants to make amends and then start over again. Regina helps her go to a fresh start, which includes Robin.
I found this part interesting. I had a feeling at the start of this episode that Wish Realm Robin was in fact Evil Queen’s true love and not our Regina’s true love. I liked that The Evil Queen got to live out what she denied herself. Wish Realm Robin is a bit selfish and hard, same as The Evil Queen. In the end part of Regina got the true love she deserved.
While Regina was tying up her storyline, Emma was destroying hers. Hook is feeling guilty for not telling Emma about what he did to Charming’s father. He goes to Captain Nemo for advice. Nemo gives him two options. He can either forgive himself and let it all go or he can tell Emma and ask for forgiveness.
I personally thought he should find a way to forgive himself and move on. We know Hook had a dark past, everyone knows this. Hook made poor choices and he hurt others. That was past Hook, everyone knows he had things he did that some may know and others may not know. Revealing this transgression does no one any good. It just picks at a scabbed wound, a wound that will never fully heal. I thought he should just put it behind him and let it go.
Of course, Hook does not do any of the above options. He instead attempts to burn the dream catcher with the memory. Emma catches him and she lashes out on him. She breaks down, telling him that he should have been able to trust her. She accuse him of keeping secrets and not being open and honest about everything. She turns it all on its head and makes it about her.
This whole thing drove me crazy. Hook tries to explain to Emma that he wasn’t trying to hide it from her because he didn’t trust her. He just couldn’t live looking at her parents knowing what he did. Instead of listening and trying to understand how he is feeling, she just makes it all about her. I wish she had just listened to him. Understood that his past was yet again hurting him. In the end she gave him back the ring, telling him they needed to find a way to connect again.
Hook is heart-broken, believing the this past has done what he always feared it would do; taken away the one woman he loved. Hook debates leaving with Captain Nemo, going on a journey of self-discovery; but he after talking with Snow he decides he is not running away. Of course, Gideon has to throw a wrench into the idea.
Before Hook can get off the submarine, Gideon launches it and forces Hook to leave. Emma thinks he has left her and is in the process of believing their relationship is over.
Next week it looks like the story is going to be the “I have to move on,” storyline, which I am going to hate. This is committing one of my most hated story crimes. Emma and Hook have literally gone to hell and died for each other. Emma should know that Hook wouldn’t walk away from her without a fight. She should know that he has his demons but he fights them. It is going to be frustrating watching her act like she has no idea who the man she claims to love is.
I am hoping this will have a quick resolution. I don’t think I am going to be able to take watching this back and forth stuff for too long. I am hoping a dramatic event will put things back to where they need to be and things will be alright again for these two.
“Guilt can be as corrosive to the soul as revenge.” – Captain Nemo – Guilt is always going to be apart of Hook’s life. Emma needs to learn to listen to him and help him ease this guilt once in a while instead of fighting him about it all the time.
What is Gideon’s plan?
How will Hook get off the submarine?
Where is Nemo going? Why are Jasmine and Aladdin on the submarine?
Is Gideon going after Emma again?
What happened to The Land of Lost Stories characters?
Can Emma learn to help and listen to Hook?
When will they be able to lift the sleeping curse?
In this episode The Evil Queen continued to try to put a wedge in the group. This time she concentrated her efforts on Henry and tried to darken his heart. Thankfully Henry was raised to be stronger than her influence.
The episode started with Regina coming up with a way to trap The Evil Queen. She knows she can’t kill her without killing herself. She wants to capture the queen in the world behind the mirror. She will be powerless in there and then they can be rid of her.
Unfortunately The Evil Queen had a similar idea. This where the biggest issue is going to be for fighting this woman. Regina is the one who comes up with the ideas all the time but her and the queen think alike. They are the same person in a sense so it becomes difficult for her to think of something the queen won’t think of. They are going to have to plan a way to get rid of her without Regina’s help. They have to work without Regina or else they are always going to keep getting blindsided by her.
The Evil Queen ends up trapping Emma and Regina in the mirror. She then masquerades as Regina to the group. At first everyone seems to buy her act which annoyed me. I hate when people can’t tell someone is faking being someone else. The only one I gave any slack to was Snow because she is a bit stressed right now.
Thankfully Hook didn’t fall for it for long. He realized something was wrong when Emma didn’t take his calls. But the queen knocks him out. Henry figures it out after a conversation with the queen. I’m not sure exactly what tipped him off but it should have been the whole conversation. Her telling him to be a prince and calling Violet a commoner was never something Regina would have said something to him.
Henry does figure it out in the end and tries to rescue his mothers. The Evil Queen tries to get him to rescue his mothers by killing The Dragon. She tries too appeal to the idea that Henry is not allowed to be as strong as he could be. She talks about him hiding behind his parents and being too soft. She offers to help him find who he truly is meant to be and wants to make him “strong.”
Henry is smart enough not to fall for her game. He knows he is a strong person because of his family. He can take care of himself when he needs to but he also know he is never alone. He won’t betray his family no matter what she does to them or him.
Henry is not alone and he knows that. He doesn’t have to make his decisions on his own. He has his parents voice and advice always guiding him. He won’t let his heart be darkened that easily. He knows that what she is proposing will not make him strong. He knows that it will only hurt others and that is something he was raised never to do.
There was only one problem I had with this episode and that was the way Henry fought in this episode. A few episodes ago he let the queen convince him that Hook was not good for him and Emma. She manipulated him into fighting with Hook. Even though he has never had an issue with him before.
Now in this episode he is standing up to her because he knows what she is doing. Why didn’t he do that before? He is not a dumb kid as he proved in this episode. He knows how to fight and he knows what family and bonds between people means. He should never have let her into his head the last time.
I would have liked to see him begin fighting in that episode. Maybe trying to keep her out of his head and her slowly pulling him apart. If he had been fighting the whole time and then culminated in this scenario it would have made a much more of an impact. The way it was done here made me a bit disappointed. He was so strong here so why wasn’t he strong before? I like the Henry from this episode that is defiant and who knows who he is and knows who his family is.
“Never compromise who you are.” – Emma- Emma knows pretending to be someone else never works for anyone. You have to stand up for who you are and not let anyone tell you differently. Henry learned that well in this episode.
“Family makes you stronger than you’ll ever be by yourself.” – Henry – Our group has only gotten where they are now and only lived through everything because of their bond to one another. They always know someone is out there to help them. The Evil Queen has no one and that is going to be her downfall.
Will The Evil Queen be able to kill Zelena? How will they get rid of The Evil Queen?
Where is Agrabah?
How will those two stories link together?
Who is the hooded figure? Will Emma have to really die? How can they break the sleeping curse? How and where will Belle run to?
Is there any hope for Rumple? Who killed Charming’s father?
The theme of this episode was true love and the power that love can wield. This is a common theme in this show and one we have explored a number of different ways throughout the seasons. Most of the time during this episode I was wondering where everything was going but the pay off at the end was a new and interesting twist.
The episode opened with Snow having a dream/meeting with The Evil Queen. The Queen gives her a vial and tells Snow she has 12 hours to surrender her heart or The Evil Queen will destroy the town.
Turns out the vial is filled with water from the River of Souls. The water could decimate the town in no time. At this point Snow is losing hope for once. She can not see way to save her and Charming as well as save everyone in Storybrooke.
The Blue Fairy shares information about a possible weapon. It is a magic sapling that was created by true love. The true love we learn through flashbacks was actually Charming and Snow’s after their first real meeting. They find it but The Evil Queen destroys it right away.
The sapling storyline seemed pretty filler to me. I expected it to go somewhere but it died out right away. It appeared to be put in the show in order to tell us yet again that Snow and Charming are in love, have been in love for long time and have a love that has endured many trials. They are one of the main couples of the show, we know all of this and have been told it a number of times before. We really did not need the sapling goose chase to tell us that Charming and Snow are in love and that their love will win out in the end; we know that.
In the end Snow and Charming offer themselves to the The Evil Queen to save the town but she doesn’t kill them. What she does is put a sleeping curse on their shared heart. Which means that when one is awake the other will be under the curse. They can never be together again.
For a form of revenge this was a good idea. The Evil Queen wants Snow to suffer for what she did to her and her lover, Daniel. She wants her to feel the hurt and pain that she felt. Killing Snow would have been too easy and quick. Snow wouldn’t have suffered and The Evil Queen would only have felt satisfaction for a short time. This curse allows her to revel in Snow’s pain and feed off of it. This will bolster The Evil Queen for whatever other plans she may have.
The other aspect of this episode involved Rumple and Belle. Belle finds out that Rumple is hooking up with and helping The Evil Queen. She also finds out he has the shears and plans on using them on their son. She isn’t too bothered by his hook up with The Evil Queen. She is more upset about what he plans to do with the shears.
She tells him he can’t be in their son’s life right now. He has to earn their son’s future love. Right now he is forcing himself on them and that is not going to fly. Rumple confesses he is scared he is too weak to be good and Belle tells him he has to start trying. That is one thing Rumple fails at, trying.
He always wants a magical, quick solution to his problems. He never wants to work at anything. To prove he wasn’t weak he became The Dark One. He didn’t stick around to try to mend his relationship with his other son. Rumple is a weak man because he refuses to work for what he wants. If he can’t have someone else do it for him he won’t do it. Rumple needs to find a tougher side of himself and an independent side or else he will never get what he wants in life.
“If someone believe in you, you’re never alone.” – Blue Fairy- The group always has someone behind them. No one is alone in our group. Rumple on the other hand has no one who believes in him. He needs to find someone who does or else he will never succeed.
How will they be able to break the sleeping curse on the hearts?
Will The Evil Queen do anything else now?
Is she going to take out the rest of the group somehow and let Snow suffer?
How is this all connected to Emma’s vision? Do we know the hooded figure?
When will we learn more about Charming’s father?
How will Agrabah play into all of this? What side is Zelena on now?
Can Rumple find the strength to be good?