This 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.
The 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.
“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.
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?
This 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?
The 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.
“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.
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?