The second episode of this half of the season saw our characters learning a few things. Snow is no longer Mary Margret. Henry is going to have to grow up quick to prevent Cruella from manipulating him into doing harm to him and his family.
We opened the episode by finding out where Hook is being held. He is in an underground dungeon that is being guarded by Cerberus, the three-headed demon dog. Hook is pretty beaten up but he isn’t going to sit around. He meets a fellow prisoner, Meg. He distracts Cerebus and helps her to escape, giving her a message to give to Emma.
This is an important moment for Hook and Emma’s relationship. Hook was able to see Emma when she used the potion from the last episode. He knows she is here to rescue him. He knows that she is not abandoning him. He tells Meg that he knows she is here for him and will find him because “when you love someone, you know.”
I was worried that after being possessed by the darkness and Emma’s desperate and poor choice, that Hook would harbor some residual feelings of hatred and anger towards Emma. But it does not appear that way here. He is relieved and happy to see her coming to rescue him. He states that he still loves her. While there may still be a few feelings of hurt left that is clouded by his love for her. Which is good because I have a feeling that in order to get out of The Underworld they are going to have to use that love in some manner.
(Also, side note. Throughout these reviews, I will be referring to this new realm as The Underworld and not Hell. I believe they are going for these ideas to mean different things. In mythology, The Underworld was not actually Hell. It was just the place dead people went. It wasn’t a horrible place. I think they are playing with that idea here. While it is not a pleasant place I think the “worse place,” people can go would be comparable to our idea of Hell. I think the “better place,” is different for each person depending on their beliefs and storylines.)
Meg ends up finding Emma and informing her of where Hook is and what is guarding him. The group knows they need someone to help them fight this monster. Snow knows just the person, Hercules.
Hercule and teenager Snow were friends at one point. The friendship came at a time when young Snow was doubting her ability to be a ruler. Bandits were terrorizing her townspeople (turns out they were sent by Regina). She is young and has no idea how to help. She is not a fighter at this point and she does not believe she can help her people.
She runs into Hercules and Hercules teachers her how to use her bow, how to fight and how to get back up when you fail. Hercules was an essential part in creating the Snow White that ruled and lived in the Enchanted Forest.
This flashback led to a very interesting conversation and revelation from Snow. If you have read my other reviews of this show you will know that I have always referred to the fairytale characters by their true fairytales names. I do not refer to Snow as Mary Margaret. I just felt odd using those names and this episode sort of showed me why.
After winning the fight against Cerberus with Hercules and Meg, Snow tells Regina, Charming, and Emma that she no longer wants to be referred to as Mary Margaret. She wants to be called Snow White because that is who she truly is as a person.
When Regina cast the curse it created alternate persona’s for everyone. They got histories and new lives. Mary Margaret is a more timid woman. She gives grand speeches and is more likely to talk than to fight. She is much more passive.
Whereas Snow White is much tougher. She is someone who will fight for those she loves when necessary. She has those inspirational ideas and speeches but knows that talking is not always the solution for problems. Sometimes you have to grab you bow and fight. That is who she truly is on the inside. And that is how I have always seen her character which is why I think I always use the name Snow instead of Mary Margaret.
Everyone has to find their true-selves in order to get out of The Underworld. They have to face their past mistakes and learn from them and find who they truly are. Regina did that in the last episode and now it was Snow White’s turn. No longer should there be a distinction between the two people. She is Snow White and it is time she lived that life again.
A quick few points on Henry. In this episode, Henry met up with Cruella. Cruella tells him that the quill of the author is not just a quill. It is a living breathing energy and when he broke it, it ended up in The Underworld. It has unfinished business, namely writes stories. Cruella tells him that he can take the quill and use it to resurrect her.
Henry is obviously against the idea at first but then Cruella tells him that if he lets her live again then his mother will no longer be a murderer. He will allow her to be pure again. This is all lies.
Henry is young and I understand why the idea appeals to him. But he is going to need to realize something. Just because Cruella is alive again does not mean the past is erased. Emma’s actions still happened. She still chose to kill Cruella in order to protect her son, plain and simple. Using his power as the author to change Cruella’s fate will not change the choice that was made. Erasing that moment of the past will change much more and not in a goodway.
I think at the moment he is just excited about the idea. He wants to help his mother but his parents and family are going to have to teach him an important lesson. The choices in our past do not dictate our choices of the future. Emma made a poor decision once but that is done and over with. There is no changing it and it has created the woman she is now. Henry is going to have to have a growing up moment soon or else he is going to hurt his family.
“I don’t sit around and rot.” – Hook – The Underworld has not dampened his fighting spirit. He will not just wait around to be saved. He will do whatever he can to save himself or help Emma save him.
“If I hadn’t failed I never would have figured out how to succeed,” – Hercules – First this is an important lesson for us all to remember. The group will be learning from their past mistakes and will have to use those lessons to get out of the Underworld. They have all failed many times before and there are many tools waiting for them from those moments.
What are Hade’s reasons for having The Underworld look like Storybrooke?
What is the worse place to go to? Hell?
Is the better place different for everyone?
What other lessons will the group be learning?
Will David be asked to be called Charming soon, also shedding his fake curse persona?
Where is Rumple?
Will Hook chose someone to stay?
Will they all eventually be trapped?
Who will Hook chose first if he has to make a choice?
Can Emma save Hook?
What exactly is Hook’s unfinished business?
Will Henry realize Cruella is manipulating him?
When will they all figure out Henry is lying?
Will the quill be an important part of getting them all home?
What other past characters will be meeting?