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Becoming a Hero – Once Upon a Time 6×15 – Review (Spoilers)

605LookingAtAladdinThis episode stayed on the trend of wrapping up extraneous storylines. We found out what happened to Agrabah and where Aladdin and Jasmine have been. Also Hook and Emma have begun on the path to fixing their relationship.

The episode began with Emma telling Charming about what she learned from Hook. Charming seemed distraught but was ultimately more concerned about Emma’s broken heart.

While Emma is nursing a broken heart, Hook is desperately trying to find a way to get home to Emma. In order to move between portals they need Kraken blood. In the fight to get the blood Hook runs into Aladdin and Jasmine.

Aladdin and Jasmine are still looking for Agrabah. The wish they made in the mid-season finale only brought them to the middle of The Enchanted Forest with a ring as a hint.

In a flashback we learn that Jasmine was desperate to save her home from Jafar. She tries to find ways around Jafar’s offer of marriage but was unable to beat him. She ends up losing her home and in the process her confidence in herself.

Hook, Aladdin and Jasmine end up on an island where they find Ariel who offers to help them in anyway she can. She offers them the use of a genie bottle that turns out to contain Jafar. To control and hurt Jasmine, Jafar puts Hook, Ariel and Aladdin out of commission. Jasmine is forced to fight on her own for herself and her life.

Jasmine has been hunting for her home since we met her. She has to not only find her home and her people but also she needs to find her purpose in life again.

Jasmine is someone who has had her life decided for, for her whole life. As a princess she has a duty to her people, to protect and help them. Her life is defined by being able to see her people. When she feels as if she has failed she puts her fain in everyone else around her.

It isn’t until she has no choice that she finds herself able to be a hero. She tries to put everyone else into that role until she realizes is a true hero, herself. She doesn’t need anyone else. She is here just as powerful as Emma and Aladdin. She just needed to have faith in herself.

COLIN O'DONOGHUEThe other part of this episode was about Emma being forced to deal with Hook’s apparent abandonment. Regina and Snow take Emma out for a night of drinks hoping to get her to open up and admit how much pain she is in.

Emma seems to being holding her pain close to her chest. She almost appears to shrug it off. But we know Emma has no idea how to handle this. She trusted Hook and despite knowing him well, she truly believes he could walk away from her.

I am glad that this was resolved by the end of the episode. It was going to drive me nuts having to listen and watch Emma try to move on, when we know that is a pointless endeavor. Hook is able to get a message to Emma with the truth and we see that their love is true love and that it is not easily broken.

Quotes:

“Perhaps Agrabah found its hero at last.” – Jasmine – Jasmine kept trying to put everyone else in the hero rule but herself. She wants someone to help her until she learns she can be a hero too.

Questions:

Will Emma help Gideon?

Why does Gideon need Emma’s help?

Who is Gideon trying to save?

How will Hook get back to Storybrooke?

How will they end up breaking the sleeping curse?

Sometimes You Have to Let Go of What You Once Thought – Once upon a Time (6×12)Review

Once-Upon-a-Time-6x12-Murder-Most-Foul-David-in-the-docks-720x480You can get a thought about someone in your head and it can be almost impossible to accept who they truly are or were. In this episode Charming learns how his father really died and Regina finds out that Robin may not be who she wants him to be.

This episode opened with Charming and James’s parents in dire straits. Their children are sick but they cannot afford the medication to save them. Rumple appears and offers them a deal. They can have the medication to save the boys but they have to give up one of their babies. They are hesitant at first but realize it is the only way to save their children. They toss a coin and James is chosen to go live with the king and become a prince while David (Charming) gets to stay with his parents.

We jump ahead six years and find Robert drowning his sorrows in drink. He cannot accept that he was not able to save his children. He has been drinking to quiet the guilt he feels at losing James. So when the king comes into a tavern and announce that James has been kidnapped Robert decides he is going to prove his is a good father and find his son.

In the present Charming is being plagued with visions of his ghost father, imploring him to find out the truth about his death. Charming can’t focus on anything else. He is determined to find out what happened, to find out if his father was really the drunk he always thought he was.

What Charming finds out is that his long held belief about his father is wrong. Robert finds James and tries to save him but is unable to keep him from the king. King George sentences him to death, telling his guards to make it look like an accident.

Charming is hit by a sudden realization that what he has always thought his father is wrong. Robert wasn’t just a man who gave up on his family. He is man who wanted nothing more than to save his boys. He defined himself as a father and when he failed at that, he had no idea how else to frame himself.

Charming learns that sometimes what you think is not true. Sometimes you get only pieces of the information and the picture you create is not always real. Regina seems to also be learning this lesson.

Once Upon a Time - Episode 6.12 - Murder Most FoulRegina brought Robin back from the Wish Realm with the firm belief that her Robin was present inside him somewhere. She has this image of who he should be in her head. What she doesn’t realize is that he has lived a very different life than her Robin. He is not the same man.  He has not gone through the same trials and tribulations. He has been shaped differently making them different people.

Regina is coming to terms with the idea that the man she brought back may not be who she wants him to be. The question now is going to be can she accept who is and try to build a relationship from there? Or is she going to push him away?

I think right now she is suspicious of him. She doesn’t know what he wants or what drives him and that makes her nervous. She is used to having control and knowing what the people around her want. To have a man she used to know everything about being a complete mystery to her is going to throw her off for a while.

At the end of the episode we learn that Hook is actually the one who ended up killing Charming’s father. It was when he was at his most ruthless and did not care for anyone or anything. In this episode we learned that he was planning on proposing to Emma.

But this revelation is throwing him off. Hook knows he has changed but he is unsure of what the rest of the world believes. He wants to prove that he is a different man but his past keeps coming back to haunt him. The question is going to be can he reveal what he did, can everyone accept him as this new man and move past this? Or is this going to destroy everything he has built?

Quotes:

“Family is everything.” – Robert – Robert defined himself by his family. When he thought he had failed them he nearly gave up on life. He ended dying trying to protect his family. In this show everything revolves around family and that intense bond that families create with each other.

“Small things can hold great power.” – Rumple – Rumple took one of Robert’s hair, though we aren’t sure why. Is he going to use it for a spell later and are we going to see the consequence of that action this season?

Questions:

Will Hook tell Charming what he did to his father?

Will Hook be able to move past this and ask Emma to marry him?

What did Robin want with the box in Regina’s vault?

What does Robin want?

Will Zelena do something to Robin to keep him from her daughter?

When will Aladdin and Jasmine come back?

Why does Gideon want to be a Savior?

Can Rumple and Belle save Gideon?

Will the Evil Queen come back?

How will any of this play into the Agrabbah storyline?

Are we done with The Land of Lost Stories?

What did Rumple do with Robert’s hair?

 

 

Fables By: Bill Willingham Review (Deluxe Edition Book One)

81g0bqdw4wlWhen I say Snow White what comes to mind? Do you envision a calm, easy-going, meek princess hiding in the woods with seven dwarves as company? How about when I ask you to think about The Big Bad Wolf? Do you envision either a human-like wolf or a man with wolf features hunting and devoting a little girl dressed in red? Or maybe you think of a wolf blowing down the homes for three pigs? These images are probably the most common for these characters. They come from he more popular versions of these stories.

I have nothing against these Disney-esque versions of the stories. I grew up with those stories. I was a Disney child, so that is how I was introduce to the fairytales. I love them. But these sterilized adaptations for the modern world. The originals are dark and gritty. They rarely end with a happy ending. Death and torture are normal in the original versions of theses classic fables and fairytales.

The Fable’s comics harken back to these original stories. The comic centers around a group of fables/fairytale characters who are living in our world as refugees. They have had to run from their home that was overtaken by someone called The Adversary. They had no choice but to leave in order to survive.

In our world they are only trying to survive. Our world is very different from their own. They lived their stories out and now they are trying to start new. This is a fresh start for many of them but leaving their pasts behind is not easy. They can’t entirely escape their stories.

I picked up the comic because I played The Wolf Among Us, a Telltale game. It is a decision based game and I enjoy those types of games. I liked that this one had a sort of retelling of the classic stories I have always known. I enjoyed the game and decided to see what the comics offered and see where the characters stores continued to go.

This first collections follows two story lines. The first is a detective, murder mystery. Rose Red, Snow White’s sister, has gone missing and the hunt is on to find her. The second follows the story of an attempted revolution on The Farm, the place where fables who can’t pass as human have to live.

The plot lines were pretty straightforward. They weren’t exactly revolutionary or overly exciting. It was the take on the characters that drew me. I loved the darker, grittier versions of these characters. Their voices were unique and felt very alive and real.

Snow White was our main protagonist and I feel like she may be for most of the series. She is not the meek, nature loving, hiding away, maiden that we know her as. She is tough. She does what she thinks is best no matter what anyone thinks. She speaks her mind. She fights when she has too.

Snow White is probably my least favorite princess; mostly because she seemed very flat and lifeless to me in the movie. I have grown to like her more over the years from the various versions of her I have read. She is made to be tougher and more independent and I like to see that twist. I am hoping her character stays strong and interesting.

The other main character we go to know pretty well was Bibgy, The Big Bad Wolf. He is the sheriff in Fabletown (the name of the town where the fables live in New York).  He is one of my favorite character types. He is the tough exterior, sweet interior person. He has a rough past, we all know that. But this world gives him a chance to start fresh and he is doing the best he can.

He can’t completely fight his nature, because is part of him. But he is not willing to go backwards.I like to see him try to stay on the right side, even when it is tough for him. I am hoping to see his character grow throughout the series.

There was also a very interesting point made in the latter half of this collection. I am hoping it is something that is used and explored more throughout the series. Rose Red makes a point to Snow that some of them are not as lucky as she is.

There are the fables we all know, such as Snow White. There are hundreds of versions of her story throughout the world. Whereas some like, Rose Red, are not as lucky. They aren’t complete forgotten but they are lesser known. In this world it seems that being known affords certain power. The more well known characters are more durable. They can survive things that the lesser known ones may not be able to survive. It seems that survival almost depends on the world knowing who you are and knowing your story.

This is an interesting take on the power of the story. These people’s lives sort of depend on someone knowing who they are. If we forget their story or twist them out of other’s stories we could be killing them. I am hoping the this idea is used more. I like the idea of the story having the power.

This was a fun collection and I am hoping to get to the second one sometime soon. The only issue is that the collections are kind of expensive so this isn’t one I can’t just read right through. I am going to have to continue when I get some extra cash.

If you like fairytale retellings and new takes on old stories you will enjoy this. It is a comic which makes it a faster read. It is a fun and nice set up. I am hoping it continues to be as good as the series develops .

 

 

 

What has Rumple done? – Once Upon a Time – (Review)

rumbelle4-ouat-6x4Rumple has officially screwed everything up. In my opinion there is no hope left for this man. He has made some terrible decisions in the past but now he has made the worst one he could ever make. Like everyone else in the show I am done with him.

There was two main storylines with Rumple in this episode. One (the past) was supposed to create some sympathy for Rumple and maybe give a bit of light to the reason for his actions. For me it didn’t do that, I still blame Rumple for his actions. He has made poor choices for too long.

Rumple starts the episode by sending a threat to the group. He uses a dust to age a fairy. It is his way of saying, this is what I will do to Belle if she does not come to me williningly. He wants to speed up Belle’s pregnancy in order to get his hands on his son before Belle can find a way to save him.

Rumple doesn’t actually use the dust on Belle, it is The Evil Queen who does it. But this does not redeem him in my eyes. He was going to do it, allowed it to become an option. He still wants to force a life on his child. He still threatened Belle. Rumple has had a thousand chances for redemption. He has given been given second chance after second chance. He does not deserve any more.

People can change but they have to want to change. Rumple doesn’t want to change. He expects the rest of the world to change around and for him. When someone refuses to fall under his pressure he forces them to do what he wants.

Rumple is not a good man. I get he has had a crappy past, but again it is about how he has responded. He didn’t want to work to show his courage so he became The Dark One, losing his son in the process. Rumple is someone who wants a simple solution to everything. He refuses to work for anything.

The past portions of this episode revealed who Rumple’s mother is. She is The Black Fairy,once-upon-a-time-6x09-changelings-rumplestiltskin-talks-to-belle-720x480 someone who let darkness consume her (like mother, like son). She abandoned him, not even caring enough to give him a name. He wants to know why but she doesn’t give him an answer.

Again, we know that Rumple’s past has not been easy. He has had to fight against a lot but he doesn’t actually fight anymore. He gave up a long time ago. Belle has tried to help him, to help him start over but he doesn’t want to. Rumple is too set in his ways and his anger, to let anything good come into his life.

Belle is forced to send her child off with The Blue Fairy to save him from Rumple. She will not let him destroy their son’s life. She has tried for so long to change Rumple, to fix the mess they are in, but she can’t do it alone. She shouldn’t have to do it alone either. Rumple needs to do some work too but he refuses.

Rumple needs to decide what his priorities in life are. Who does he care about? What does he want? If the answers are himself and power, he will never see his son again. Rumple needs to start fighting for the good or lose everything.

Quotes:
“It’s never too late to be a hero.” – Snow- Is this true? Could Rumple ever redeem himself enough to be considered a hero? Or has he made too many poor choices in his life?

“I think I’m a man no one can love.” – Rumple – This isn’t true. He can be loved, he just won’t let himself be loved. He has to let someone in or else this will actually become true.

“Sometimes you have to choose power over love.” – Black Fairy- Rumple did this. If he could let go of his obsession with power, he could have the family he always wanted.

Questions:
Where is Belle and Rumple’s son?
Will we see him again?
What will Rumple do now?
How will he attempt to find the boy?
Can Zelena and Regina ever fix their issues?
What will happen now that Aladdin is the genie?
What is the sword in Emma’s vision?
Who is under the hood?
What happened to the people for The Land of Untold Stories?
Are we going to get to see more of them? Or are we done with them?

Do Saviors Really Have to Die? (Once Upon a Time 6×05)

once-upon-a-time-6x05-street-rats-emma-savior-shakes-720x480This episode gave us Aladdin and Jasmine’s story. It also saw Emma finally come clean to everyone about her visions. As predicated everyone freaks out about it and Emma promises to not hide anything anymore. I doubt this will happen because everyone in this show loves to hide things. What this episode was really for was the focus on the question of whether a Savior has to really die in the end or not.

I was a bit disappointed with the way Aladdin and Jasmine’s story was reimagined. Aladdin is a thief who Jasmine goes to to help defeat Jafar. They go to The Cave of Wonders to find The Diamond in the Rough and make Aladdin The Savior. He takes the diamond and is given magic. He then uses it to save Jasmine and her father.

This is the basic story we all know pretty well. There is not much more added to it other than the Savior piece. Instead of a genie Aladdin gets to wield magic for himself. The rest of this was pretty much the same. I was a bit disappointed just because this show is usually pretty good at reimagining the story. It usually deepens a story or twists it in some manner. This one just felt like copying, but they did hint there was more so maybe it will get better.

The main aspect of this episode was the focus on the question of does a Savior have to die? It concentrated on what makes a Savior and what ultimately becomes of them.

Emma is desperate to find Aladdin because she is positive that if she finds him alive that means a Savior can live. It gives her hope that she does not have to die because she is The Savior. She wants someone to tell her that her destiny is not death.

I have an issue with this concept of The Savior being destined to die. First I’ll start with this vision. Emma’s vision is her getting stabbed. Now, nowhere does it show her actually dying. We know that just because someone gets stabbed in this show doesn’t mean they die. Also visions are a problem.

Visions only become true because people act on them, just like prophecies. If you never see the vision or hear a prophecy would what is shown come true? Most likely not. It happens because you are actively trying to prevent it and inadvertently make it come about.

Like in Harry Potter, if Voldermort had ignored the prophecy and hadn’t tried to kill Harry he would never have created the one person who would kill him. He could have taken over and been immortal. But because he had to kill what he thought was a threat, he created that threat. Most of the time the visions and prophecies become self-fullfilling.

If Emma just ignores the vision and continues to live her life would the vision happen? We don’t know it wouldn’t for sure but she could very well be making it come around by trying to make it not happen. The oracle said her destiny is death, but never stated that, that moment was her true death.

My other issue comes with this saying that keeps popping up that Saviors are destined to die. The problem I have with this is that the people who keep pointing this out are the villians. They are the people who want the Saviors to die and fall. They need them out of the way so they keep getting into their heads.

No one who is on the good side has said this phrase (as far as I can remember). Emma hears it once and figures it has to be true. Sure it makes some sense, Saviors are in danger more because they are always helping people but that doesn’t mean they have to die. The people telling her this are the people that want her gone. They are messing with her head and she is letting them.

Emma is going to doom herself is she keeps focusing on this saying and thought process. She needs to push it aside and live her life. She can’t be scared to fight and save those she loves. She needs to just live on and take what happens as it happens. Hell, for all we know this visions could be planted by some magic. No one knows where it comes from so how can we trust it to be true?
144613_2557-900x600The other major part of this episode was about Zelelna. She sits down with The Evil Queen and ends up confessing that she is afraid of what her daughter is going to think of her. She wants her daughter to look up to her. She is afraid she may lose her daughterr with her actions.

The Evil Queen tells Zelena that she just has to be truthful to her daughter. She needs to not hide who she is and then her daughter will admire her for it. Which may be true in some form but Zelena is not seeing what The Evil Queen is doing to her. She is being manipulated.

The Evil Queen needs Zelena. She needs her power and she needs her not with Regina. She doesn’t actually care about her. She doesn’t want to form some bond with her. She just doesn’t want her on the opposite side. She only gives her these speeches to make sure she stays on her side.

Zelena is going to wake up soon and see she is being used and she is going to be all alone. She is going to push away Regina and in consequence the rest of the group. The Evil Queen will discard her when she is done with her. All she will have left is her daughter and that is it. In the end Zelena is going to end up broken and alone if she continues on this path.

Quotes:
“You don’t have to live in anyone’s shadow,” – Archie – He tells this to Zelena. Zelena is always trying to fit herself into other people’s expectations. She needs to figure out what she wants and how she wants her life to be for her and her alone.

Questions:
Will Hook use the shears to save Emma?
Is Emma’s visions true?
Who is the hooded figure?
Is being The Savior really a death sentence?
Will Jafar show up and become a main villain?
Can Aladdin become a Savior again?
Does being The Savior have to be a destined thing or can it be anyone?
What does The Evil Queen want from Zelena?
When will Zelena see she is being used?
What will happen when Zelena loses everything?
When will the group find Archie?

Fear Can’t Be In Control -(Once Upon a Time Review)

603promo10This was a bit of a throwback episode. We got to finally see more of a few characters that we met in the first season. We briefly saw Dr. Frankenstein again and Emma had to remember how she used to be able to help people before she had magic. Though the main part of the episode was about Cinderella and helping her finish her story.

Much of the beginning of the episode was about the start of Cinderella’s story. We saw her get the invitation to the ball, we saw her attend the ball and fall in love with the prince, then run off leaving her shoe behind. Then the story starts to deviate from the one we know.

In present day Storybrooke Emma, Hook and Henry learn that Ashely (Cinderella) has run off with her husband’s shot gun. Everyone thinks she is after her stepsister who has come over from The Land of Lost Stories.

Turns out that Cinderella is out to stop their stepmother. Clorinda, one of the stepsisters, is not evil. She was acting the whole time because she had a secret that she was keeping from her mother. She was in love with the footman of the prince and she wanted to run away with him. She knew her mother would never approve and she knew she had to keep up an appearance in order not to raise suspicion form their mother.

Cinderella is ready to help her sister but is stopped when her stepmother threatens her happiness. She ends up telling her where Clorinda and her love are. In the end her stepmother and Clorinda end up in The Land of Lost Stories. There her stepmother plans to wait until she can have the fame and fortune she thinks she deserves.

Back in Storybrooke, Ashely has found her sister and stepmother. Her sister learns that she was trying to help and they both stand up to her stepmother. Their stepmother does not care, she is prepared to kill them both. In the end she stabs Ashley. Emma races in just in time to save her.

While this episode finally gave us more of Cinderella’s story it was more about Emma and her work to overcome what her vision keeps showing her. Emma is terrified of her vision, to the point where her magic no longer works. She has no control and she is letting her fear hold her back.

once-upon-a-time-saison-6-episode-3-episode-1-700x264Archie realizes this and tries to explain to Emma that if she keeps letting this possibility control her she is going to lose everything. She is so afraid of what could happen that she is going to let nothing happen. Her magic isn’t working properly and she is not taking the steps forward in her relationship with Hook. She is becoming stuck.

Fear can do this. Fear is a paralyzing force that keeps things from going anywhere. A lot of the time the fear of something happening is worse than the event actually taking place. It becomes a barrier that surrounds the person and suddenly you are a prisoner in your own life. Fear can be controlling and throughout much of this episode it is controlling Emma.

Yes, maybe Emma will die in that battle. Then again maybe she won’t. Maybe that is not when she has to die. None of that matters ultimately though. No matter what the ending,  she has to live her life until that point. She can’t let everyone down and she can’t push them all away. If she does, she is going to hope for that end because she will have nothing left.

In this episode Emma is reminded that she used to be able to help people before she had magic. Magic does not make her the Savior. Magic is just a tool she uses. She used to help and save people before magic returned to Storybrooke. Emma has to remember that she has power and worth. She has always had strength and she can’t lose it all now.

What Emma really need to do is to tell everyone around her what is going on. This is one of Emma’s major faults, she never asks for help. She is always so determined to fix things herself. She can’t do everything alone. I thought after the whole Dark One thing she would have learned that lesson but apparently not so much.

Emma cannot take care of this all by herself. She needs her parents, Henry, Hook and Regina. They have proven to be her help and support system for so long. She needs to trust them and let them help her. Emma is never going to be able to live her happy ending if she is always refusing to ask for help. This will all destroy her if she is not careful.

Quotes:
“Maybe it’s not how you end things but how you live them,” – Archie- Archie tells this to Emma at one of their meetings. Emma’s vision tells her that in the end she may die. But that is the end for everyone. You can’t concentrate on all of that, you have to live the life that you have. No one truly remembers the end, they remember how you lived and Emma needs to remember that.

“Hard to stay one step ahead of yourself,” – Hyde- Hyde tells this to Regina. This is an interesting dilemma in the battle between Regina and The Evil Queen. They both think alike, they are the same person after all. Regina literally has to outthink herself, which will be interesting to watch.

Questions:
What is The Evil Queen’s ultimate plan?
Doe she want to rule everyone?
Does she want everyone dead and gone?
If she wants them all dead then who will she rule?
Doe she actually want to rule or does she just want everyone to suffer?
Who killed Charming father?
How far will Charming go to get revenge against that killer?
What is the next story that we will see?
When will emma tell everyone about her vision?
How will everyone react?
Will it cause a rift between her and Hook?
Will Rumple be able to get close to Belle again?
Will Zelena betray Regina?

You Can’t Run from the Future- Once Upon a Time- Season 6 Premiere -Review (Spoilers)

hqdefaultOnce Upon a Time is back! For those who have no idea what this show is about, a quick summary. Once Upon a Time is about the lives, trials and fights of fairy tale characters. They were brought into our world by a curse from the first season and the show is about how they keep trying to establish a life and fight to keep the life they have intact. This season brings us new characters like Aladdin and Jafar as well as the Count of Monte Cristo. If you have not caught up with the show there will be spoilers ahead for not only the premiere but for the series.

This episode, as most premier episodes do, set up a lot of the pieces for the coming season. Emma got a glimpse of her future and it is not good. Rumple woke up Belle but she still wants nothing to do with him. Regina comes to terms with Robin’s death and what that means for her story going forward. Zelena gets a visit from The Evil Queen and realizes that they may have something in common. And the refugees from The Land of Untold Stories have been welcomed into Storybrooke.

Last season we were introduced to The Land of Untold Stories. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. The idea I had was that it was more of the idea that these were characters who had their own stories but no real land to belong to. They were one and gone stories and not part of a bigger land like Oz or Neverland. Turns out that isn’t quite it.

Regina mentions that The Land of Untold Stories is a land where you can run from your story. I love that idea. The idea that these characters are all people who have run away from their own stories is interesting. They either don’t like the ending or don’t like the way it was going so they leave. Once you leave your story, then what? Can anything happen? Or are you safe and just kind of stuck in a limbo? What happens when you leave that land does your story move forward again? I wonder how this will be used and who we get to meet that has run from their story.

ouatI have a feeling the concept of this land will come into major play with Emma this season. The episode started with Emma having a vision. We see her fighting a cloaked figure. She has the vision and then starts to shake. Emma does the one thing that drives me insane, she doesn’t tell anyone. Hook asks her right out what is wrong and she pushes him away and I wanted to smack her. Keeping this a secret is a horrible idea.

Emma goes off on her own to find out what the vision means. She meets an oracle that tells her that she may not want to know, it a vision of the future. She insists and sees the full thing, it is her death. The oracle tells her that this is her future, she can’t change it. And yet again she keeps it to herself.

This brings up the idea of destiny. In the beginning of the episode Jafar tells Aladdin that Saviors have one fate and that is to die. They give to everyone all the time and in the end it will kill them. Saviors don’t get any other type of endings according to Jafar. This vision seems to say the same for Emma. She is told that she cannot change her future.

The question, of at least this part of the season will be is that true? Is Emma doomed to die by the hands of this masked figure or is she just doomed to die saving others? Most stories will tell you that your fate is your fate, simple as that, no getting around it. Emma is destined to die but when and how may be still up in the air. And that type of destiny is one that we have seen changed before. The question will be when will she tell everyone and let them help her?

The other main aspect of this episode was Rumple waking up Belle. He uses special sand to get into her dream. He tries to manipulate her into falling in love with him again but Belle figures out what he is doing. Their son comes to them in the form of Morpheous and warns Belle not to trust Rumple. She wakes up and refuses to be with him. She is done with his broken promises and not being able to trust him.

The question is what will Rumple do now? He is being told that he is out of options. Belle is done with him. She will not allow him to hurt her or their son. So what will he do? Will he finally walk away and let her go? I doubt that.

What I see Rumple doing is finding a way to manipulate and force Belle to be with him. He is the Dark One again, so he has a vast amount of power. The question becomes, will he be willing to use it on Belle? I hope not but I don’t trust him. Rumple gets what he wants, no matter the consequences so this will most likely not end well.

The other important point was the relationship between Zelena and Regina. We see that these two are not going to end up being cozy sisters right away. There is a lot of work that has to be done between the two of them.

Zelena is not some pillar of good. She has forgiven her sister but she is not on the hero side yet. She is still willing to kill and hurt when she finds it necessary. She ends up telling Regina that she is upset because Regina ripped out the dark side of her, the side that was most like Zelena.

maxresdefaultZelena doesn’t think she has anything in common with her sister anymore. They both have done bad things but as Regina states she is starting a new story. Regina realizes that her past is her past. Some people will never be able to see her differently but she knows that is her past story. She sees her life as a number of tales and that she is now starting a new one.

Zelena is not ready to start new. She is still telling her same story. She doesn’t want to change who she is. She has more in common with The Evil Queen. In the end The Evil Queen pays Zelena a visit. It will be easy for her to get her to work with her. It will be interesting to see Zelena try to figure out what to do. Does she go with her instincts and her past or does she start her own new story and go with Regina? I think we will definitely see the wicked side of Zelena’s character again this season.

Quotes:
“Evil did not make you strong,” Emma – A lot of the time those who are evil are seen as extremely powerful. Most of the time  that is true because they don’t have the conscious  that tells them not to hurt others with their power. There is a barrier that they do not work with. Good can be powerful. Power works for everyone, it is just how you use that power.

“You never hear happy- ever-after written about The Savior,”-Jafar- He tells this to Aladdin. Is this true though? Saviors can have happy-ever-after’s, though their work is never done. Is that why? Because The Savior is never done protecting those around them and a lot of the times that does end in their demise.

“Change the path to the destination but the destination remains the same,”- The Oracle- This is most likely very true. Though the question becomes what is the destination. If the destination is death does it matter how and when? Or can that be change and pushed back over and over again? Yes, sooner or later you will get there but you can take a number of roads that push you around the destination over and over again.

Questions:
What happened to Aladdin?
How did Aladdin become a Savior?
What does Jafar want with Aladdin?
 What stories and characters are in The Land of Untold Stories?
In that land how do you get there? Can you leave? What happens when you do leave?
What is Hyde’s plan?
When will Emma tell everyone about her vision?
When will she let them help her?
How will she circumvent the vision and what she saw?
Does she really have to die in that battle?
Who was that masked person?
What is The Evil Queen’s plan?
How does she want to use Zelena?
Will Zelena realize that she needs to be on Regina’s side or will she fight against her?
What will Rumple do now?
Can he let Belle go?
Will Rumple ever be able to change enough to have a relationship with Belle and their son?
Is their son really Morpheus?
What are they going to do with Mr. Hyde?
Are we going to see Violet and her father again?

Who is Regina now? – Once Upon a Time (Season 5 finale) (Spoilers)

once-upon-a-time-season-5-finale-evil-queenThis was an interesting finale. It gave us our new villain and characters. It also gave us a new way to deepen an already complex character. Regina battles her dark side but not in the way that I expected. I am actually very happy with the way Regina’s storyline was handled this episode.

The episode opened with Rumple tethering all of Storybrooke’s magic to the Olympian crystal. He needs more power in order to wake up Belle. He isn’t going to waste time trying to convince her father to help him. He knows he needs more power so he essentially tries to steal all of the town’s magic.

It doesn’t take long for everyone to learn what Rumple is up to. They know that Rumple having control of all the magic is not a good thing. They decide that he has to be stopped. The problem here comes when Regina suggests her plan. Emma tries to sideline her. Telling her that she is grieving and thus doesn’t need to come with them. What she is actually afraid of is that Regina is going to revert to being The Evil Queen. Regina is annoyed at Emma’s distrust and storms off.

Now, this scene annoyed me. Last episode Regina tried to sideline Emma because she thought her too emotional over losing Hook and wouldn’t be able to help defeat Hades. Emma was angry that no one trusted her. Now, what does she do? She tries the same thing on Regina. I was upset that after everything that Emma wouldn’t A.) trust Regina and B.) would do what made her so angry before to someone else.

Henry watches the scene and he gets upset. He sees his parents fighting. He sees his mother grieving and he is worried. He needs something to blame for his families misfortune. He needs a way to end all their pain and he thinks the way to do that is by destroying magic.

For a minute, I understood where Henry was coming from. He is upset. He is watching his family fight and watching his mother grieve. It makes sense that he wants to do something about all of it. He needs a scapegoat. Much like Regina did when she was blaming the storybook and the author for her troubles.

But what Henry learns throughout this episode is that magic is not to blame. Magic is a tool for people to use. It is a force. It cannot think for itself. Destroying magic would be like trying to destroy light or darkness. It just doesn’t seem possible.

What happened to Regina was tragic but is not magic’s fault. Magic does not create fate. Magic itself did not kill Robin. Hades did that. Keep the same scenario but take out the magic. Robin would still have jumped in front of Regina. Hades would still have ended up hurting him. Whether it was magic, a knife or a gun, Robin was going to die in that setup. Magic did not kill Robin, it was just the weapon of choice.

Henry learns that magic is everywhere. It comes down how to it is used. Destroying magic would not change anything. Their lives would not be perfect and blissful without magic. They would still fight evils and suffer at times. That is just how life works. At the end, Henry sees that magic is important and necessary.

While they are trying to find Henry, Emma and Regina have a very significant talk. Regina reveals to Emma that she wanted to lash out after Robin’s death. She wanted to hurt Hook for coming back when Robin can’t. But she knew that she could not go down that path. She knew that just tasting that anger and power again would be dangerous. She is scared of The Evil Queen that resides inside of her.

Regina refers to her darker side as The Evil Queen. It is someone she is constantly carrying around with her. She is the memory of all her mistakes and her negative past. The Evil Queen is always there. She is a reminder to Regina of what she did and why she now suffers.

Regina states that she carries her own curse around with her. A curse of knowing good from bad and the consequences. She knows that if she gives into her darker side she will lose those she loves. She could hurt them and that is too much for her to handle. On the other hand doing good, all the time, allows her to constantly suffer. She can’t push that suffering aside. She has to just live with it day in and day out. And that is becoming too much for her to handle.

images-4Regina is given a chance in this episode to extract the Evil Queen from herself and she takes it. She takes a potion from Dr. Jekyll and she separates herself from The Evil Queen. Standing before her is her dark side. It is all the mistakes and evil deeds she has done in her life. Regina wants to destroy her. She hesitates at first while The Evil Queen taunts her, calling her weak. She ends up crushing The Evil Queen’s heart, thinking she has freed herself from that evil side of herself.

What we see at the end of the episode is that The Evil Queen is still alive. My question is can you kill a part of yourself and still live on? Regina forgets that your past is what creates who you are. All our past choices, good and bad, influence where our lives go. We learn from those choices. We make new choices based on the past memories of guilt or sorrow. Without that side who is Regina?

Regina is a complex character because she has these two sides to her. She has her memories and knows what she has done. But does she still have the feelings associated with that side? Does she still have a nagging reminder of what that evil did to those around her? What about her is different now? Something has to be different. She has basically split away a piece of her personality. Regina cannot be the same person without that side of herself.

It will be interesting to see how the show deals with this idea next season. I am also eager to see how the new “lost,” stories are worked in and the new characters we get to meet.

Quotes:
“Fate is cruel,” – Hook – This is what Regina thinks about her life. She believes that fate is punishing her for all her mistakes in her past.

“I am what I am,” – Regina- I love this quote. Regina is good and bad. Regina struggles to do good. Regina will save those she loves by destroying others. I think this is something she will have to remember for the coming season.

“Being separate is what is going to destroy you,” – Mr. Hyde – Can you live separated from a part of yourself? Doesn’t good need the balance of evil to exist? How does that work in a person?

“Magic is everywhere if you are willing to see it,” – Dragon – I just love this idea.

Questions:
Where is Rumple now?
What did Mr. Hyde tell him that made him trade Storybrooke?
How does Mr. Hyde know The Dark One?
How did Violet’s dad get to Camelot?
What new stories will we hear and what new characters will we meet?
What will happen now that The Evil Queen is wandering around?
Can Regina be Regina without the darker side of herself?

True Love is Not Always Enough – Once Upon a Time (5×21) – Review- Spoilers

blog-81b15014-676f-4122-94c7-1726fb3e8c6f_5760x3840In this episode, we got to see the end of Hades and we also learned just what kind of man he was, while this battle yet again destroyed Regina’s happiness. Zelena also had to make a difficult choice between her sister and Hades.

The episode started with everyone arriving back in Storybrooke. It becomes their mission to find and defeat Hades. They all know now that Hades cannot be trusted and he has not changed. They do not have time to let Zelena try to change him. He does not trust them and they do not trust him.

Regina tries to explain to Zelena what happened with Hades but Zelena does not want to hear it. All Zelena can hear is that Regina wants to destroy the man she loves. She sees Regina not trusting her. Zelena is upset that yet again no one is on her side. They are all fighting against her and she cannot deal with that.

Zelena tells Hades about how everyone is after them and she suggests just running away. Zelena just wants to be happy with her love and her daughter. That is all that matters to Zelena anymore. This sets up the key difference between Zelena and Hades’s characters.

Zelena would be satisfied with a calm life living in the woods somewhere with just Hades and her daughter. Revenge and taking out their enemies does not matter to her anymore. All that matters is having the two people she cares most about in her life at her side. She no longer wants to hurt Regina or anyone else. Fighting is not on her radar.

Hades is the opposite. Hades will not be happy just living off the grid somewhere. He will not be happy without having everyone under his control. He wanted out of The Underworld in order to rule a greater kingdom. What is important to him is power and control.

Hades and Zelena parallel Rumple and Belle. I do not doubt that both Rumple and Hades love Belle and Zelena. That love is true but that love is not enough. Both Hades and Rumple cannot deal with others being in control of their lives. They cannot let anyone else have power over them. Rumple has to be The Dark One and Hades needs to have the Olympian crystal. With these powers, they are tough to fight and defeat. They believe they are safe because they are the strongest ones around.

While Belle and Zelena want to just live their lives. They do not want to fight. They do not care about power or control. They want to live calmly with their loves and families. In the end, neither can change the men they love. Rumple will always need the power as does Hades.

Zelena was faced with a choice in this episode. She had to choose between her sister and Hades. Hades wanted Zelena to kill Regina in order to eliminate her as a threat. Zelena could not kill her sister. Her sister loves her and does not want to change her anymore. Hades could not live the life that Zelena wanted. He would always want to hurt others and take out Regina. Zelena realized that she could not change this side of him. I think once Belle wakes up she will make the same realization.

There is an issue I had though with this episode and Hades’s character. In all the other storylines the adversary gets an extensive backstory. We see why they became who they were and what caused them to be full of anger and resentment. We got hints at Hades’s story in this second half of the season but nothing extensive which disappointed me. I wanted a flashback to why Zeus cursed Hades.

I wanted to see who Hades was before the curse. I think it would have given me a better way to relate to him. For the Once Upon a Time X Challenge, I am going to write a more extensive post about the use of fairy tales and mythology in this show so I will go into more detail there about the potential that was not realized with Hades character.

images-3In the end, Regina lost Robin in this episode. In the previews for next week, she asks Emma if she is worried that the Evil Queen will come back. I am not sure how I want this to play out.

On one hand the last thing I want is for Regina to backslide. Her character has been written so well. She has the best arc in this series. We understand her so well and all her choices make sense. So having her revert to her old ways out of grief and anger would seem to cheapen her journey. She has dealt with grief before and she should be able to find a way to deal without trying to destroy everyone.

On the other hand, I would not blame her for lashing out. She cannot catch a break and it is getting a bit annoying. There is only so much one person can take. Regina has been through so much and overcome so much. Every time things get close to things being good for her the rug is ripped out from under her feet. I can see her resenting Emma because Emma got Hook back and again not sure I can blame her. I think Regina is strong enough to fight her grief and not fall into that dark place but I would not be surprised if she is angry and resentful for a while.

Quotes:

“Sometimes the truth really hurts,” – Regina- Zelena learned that her love was not enough for Hades. Regina learned that the universe does not want her to be happy.

“Our future is not determined by our past,” – Robin – Robin gave Regina a chance and saw her change. Regina is a new person but her past still haunts her and it may be something she can’t ever fully escape.

“Only way to be safe it be strong,” – Hades- For Hades strength was one of the main things that mattered. Love was not enough. In the end strength was not enough to save him.

Questions:
What will Rumple do with the piece of crystal?
Will Belle’s father really leave her asleep?
Is there another way to wake Belle?
How will Regina handle Robin’s death?
Will Regina come to resent Emma because she got Hook back?
What will the new threat be?
Will Zelena be a deciding factor in Regina not reverting to her old ways?

 

Armor is No Longer Needed – Once Upon a Time Review (5×20) (Spoilers)

520Promo3Almost all of our group made it out of The Underworld on this week’s episode. Hades also left but not without a bit of manipulation. Emma had to make the tough decision to leave Hook behind.

The episode opened with Hades going to our group to ask for help. Rumple and Pan have Zelena and he needs them to help him get her back. They agree but only if Hades allows them to leave The Underworld. He promises to remove their names from the tombstones.

The showdown between Rumple and Pan and Hades and our group is a quick one. Hades rips up the contract for Rumple and Emma keeps Pan from taking Zelena’s heart. It all happened quickly and left me wondering how things were going to fall apart. Rumple got what he wanted. Pan was abandoned, still without a way to get back to the mortal world.

The most important part of that scene was how surprised Zelena was that Hades ripped up the contract without hesitation. He didn’t try to trick or fight Rumple. He ripped it up in front of him and that was it. He tells Zelena that he will do anything for her. He ends up kissing her and it is the kiss of true love. Hades’s heart restarts and he is now able to leave The Underworld.

Hades’s heart has restarted but he has not changed. I thought this moment would be a bit more dramatic. I thought it would involve him feeling again and being overwhelmed by his choices and his emotions. But he isn’t. He is still Hades.

I don’t know if he hasn’t had time to truly go through his new emotions or not or if this is just who he is as a person. Hades tells the group they can now leave but he sets it up so that they almost do not make it. He uses Cruella and the Blind Witch to trap most of the group in the library. He also has cut down the ambrosia tree, the only thing that can get Hook back to the mortal world.

Hades is not a new man. Hades is still selfish. He still only cares those close to him and his own life. He wants to get back to Storybrooke for Zelena. He wants to give her everything he thinks she has lost over her lifetime. Hades is still willing to hurt others to get what he wants.

images-2Zelena still thinks she can change him. She believes he can be a new man. But so far it is looking like that is going to be nothing but a dream. I do believe Hades loves Zelena but I am not sure that is going to be enough to change him. I think it will come down to why he got cursed in the first place. In the end, I would not be surprised if Zelena has to choose between Hades and Regina.

The main part of this episode surrounded Emma and her attempts to save Hook again. They learn that Hook has been dead too long for him and Emma to be able to share a heart. The only way to get Hook out of The Underworld is with ambrosia. They go down to the tree only to find that it has been destroyed. There is no way to save Hook now. (Or so it seems. I refuse to believe Hook is gone for good until he actually crosses over. I will be in full denial even after that most likely).

In the past parts of this episode we see Emma on the run. She gets caught while she is seeking answers about her past. She ends up forming a connection with the bail-bonds woman who catches her, Cleo.

Cleo is the one who teaches Emma that she needs to find some emotional armor for herself. Emma is obsessing about her past. She is desperate for any reason why she was orphaned. She cannot think about anything else and it is destroying her. She makes mistakes that get her in trouble and she is not living any sort of real life for herself. All she can think about is her past.

Cleo teaches her to let the past go. She needs to move on. She needs to become less emotional. She lets her emotions rule her actions too often. This is the point where Emma begins to push away the world. She is done trying to find someone to care about her. She needs to find a way to begin her life and to not let her emotions of anger and sorrow rule her life.

At that point in time that all made sense. She had no purpose in life at that point. All she could think about and do was search for her past. She had no parents and no one on her side. She was lost and she needed to find a way to focus herself on a new life. She could only do that by losing the emotional side of herself.

Now, life is different. Emma has a life. She has parents who love her and who she has forgiven for the past. She has a son she will do anything for. She loves Hook and she now shows the world how she feels. She is no longer hiding. This episode solidified that she has made that transition. She no longer is afraid to get close to someone. She is no longer scared to let others see her vulnerable.

She had to leave Hook behind but I do not think this will completely break her. Hook made her promise not to put her armor back up. He wants her to be able to live her life fully and I think she is on the path to do that. Though knowing this show something horrific will happen and derail all of that.

That horrific event very possibly could be Henry’s death. Someone is dying next episode if the trailer is any indication. Many think Robin Hood, which is possible, but I am leaning towards Henry at the moment. The only reason I am is because he left the Storybook behind. Henry’s defining object is that book. His story always revolves around it, especially now that he is the author. It makes he wonder why he left it. He could have left the pages with the stories of the residents of The Underworld behind without leaving the whole book. I know there are other books in the Apprentice’s house but something seemed ominous about him leaving that book in The Underworld. I don’t know if this show would go that far but we will find out soon enough.

Quotes:
“When will you believe that I’ll do anything for you,” – Hades- This is an important statement to make. He will do ANYTHING and I believe that includes killing others.

“Not Hell and not the devil,” – Zelena- I like that this distinction was made. Maybe now The Underworld can go back to being the in-between place it was meant to be. It is not meant to be a dark place, just a stopping point before moving on permanently.

“You’re holding on too tight,” – Cleo- She tells this to Emma. She wants Emma to understand that all she can see is her past. It is time she saw that there is more to her life.

Questions:
What is Hades’s plan for Storybrooke?
What will Hades’s do when he learns the group escaped?
Will Zelena be forced to choose between Hades and her sister?
Can Hades be changed at all?
What is Hades backstory?
Will we meet Zesus?
Is Hook really stuck in The Underworld?
Who is the funeral for in the promo?
What will happen to Belle while stuck in Pandora’s box?

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