I was prepared to be done with Once Upon a Time after the season finale. This season was tough, disjointed and all over the place. It has felt like the writer’s were grasping at straws, desperately trying to find ways to keep the show going. I stuck it out because I knew that there were rumors this could be the last season. I wanted to see how they ended it.
The season finale was a great way to end this story. We spent six seasons with our set of characters and the season finale was the time to close that book and open a new one. I had no idea going into the finale how they were going to wrap up the storylines and then set up a new, fresh season. The last few minutes left me intrigued. I wasn’t going to watch season seven, but I now have to at least give it a shot and see where they are going.
The finale started in “The Enchanted Forest, During a Time for Great Upheaval.” This should have been a tip off that something was odd because this show always gives a time period when doing the flashbacks. We see a man run and wake up a little girl. He hands her the storybook and tells her she has to run and to protect the book. We see him take a stand. We assume that he dies in the battle.
We then jump to our present “timeline,” right after The Black Fairy’s curse has taken affect. Henry wakes up on the roof where Hook and Emma’s wedding took place. He has the book. He goes down into the town and quickly learns what the curse did.
The Black Fairy’s curse sent Emma to a timeline where she is in a mental asylum. In this time she came to storybrooke but there were no Charming and no one was from The Enchanted Forest. She is found to be crazy for her believing Henry and is forced to an asylum to help with her supposed delusions.
Henry is desperate to find her and make her see that she is being tricked. Of course, The Black Fairy intervenes and tells Emma that she has to stop believing in the stories in order to help her son. She centers her argument on that Emma is only making it so Henry can’t live a normal life.
The rest of the group has been sent back to The Enchanted Forest. They are desperate to find a way back to Emma. We quickly learn that all the storylands are falling apart and disappearing. Since Emma no longer believes, the stories are starting to fade.
I loved this idea. I wish this was the idea that was the theme throughout this whole season. This main problem with this season was that there was no overall theme. We had too many stories going on at one time. This idea, that without belief there are no fairytales or stories, is an interesting idea. I think a lot could have been done with it.
This show has always been about the power of belief, hope and stories. Without belief no story can exist. If ,as you are reading you don’t believe what you are reading or don’t feel like the characters could be people you could ever meet and talk with, then the stories haven’t done their job. You have to believe the story could be real, that the situation could happen. You have to get lost in a story or else it is just words on a page.
The Final Battle that has been spoken about all season is not a huge battle between The Black Fairy and Emma. It is a battle for Emma’s soul. The Black Fairy knows that if Emma stops believing and leaves all that she has gained behind then The Black Fairy can win. Emma can’t fight her, she will no longer be The Savior.
Henry refuses to give up on his mother though. He starts to play the game of the world and figures out ways to convince Emma that all of the stories are true. He takes her to where her and Hook got married. For a minute she gets flashes of memories.
Emma tells Henry she has to get away. She needs to start over and get away from Storybrooke and everyone thinking she is insane. Henry agrees to help her escape, though he has a different plan. He finds The Storybook and decides to take it back to Emma, though gets caught by The Black Fairy.
She knows that Henry is in her way, so she decides to push him down the steps. She injures him in order to convince Emma that she needs to stop believing in order to protect Henry. The Black Fairy is able to convince Emma that the way to save Henry is by burning The Storybook.
As the book burns the Enchanted Forest (the last of the story lands) begins to crumble. Emma walks away and returns to Boston. As she runs, our group is desperate to find a way to save themselves but they quickly find out that there is no hope. They can’t stop the destruction.
Emma gets back to her old apartment (though why it has been kept for her, untouched, is a mystery). She is willing to restart her new life, but finds a new storybook written by Henry. It tells her, her life story. It is the story of everything that happened to Emma since she came to Storybrooke.
Emma returns to help Henry. She tells him she may not remember her past life but she believes in it. That it is the life she always wanted and she is willing to believe in the possibility of that life. That is the moment where everything stops falling apart. Emma decides that she believes her son. She believes that there is something else to life then what she has been fed. She decides to take a chance and see where it leads her.
While Emma is deciding what path to take, Rumple is also making a huge decision for himself and his family. In this alternate timeline Rumple has his son but Belle has supposedly run off and left her family. Rumple doesn’t believe this and he knows that The Black Fairy did not keep her word. She did not give him his family.
Rumple has his own decision to make. He can either buy into what his mother tells him, that with her new, grand power she can give him back Bae, and put his family back together or he can fight her influence on him. She offers him a new life but he knows that all magic comes with a price.
Rumple is done letting his family suffer for his choices. He decides that he does not buy into his mother’s schemes and he ends up killing her. Once The Black Fairy is dead the curse is lifted. Emma remembers who she is and everyone is brought back to Storybrooke.
Unfortunately before The Black Fairy died she commanded Gideon (whose heart she still had) to kill Emma. The Black Fairy learned that darkness cannot snuff out light. Only light can destroy light. She forces Gideon to do her dirty work.
Rumple rushes to find Gideon’s heart to return it to him. As he is picking it up he is given one last choice. The devil on his shoulder tells him that he can have all that he ever wanted; power and family, if he only puts down Gideon’s heart and lets him kill Emma.
Rumple decides that he is done betraying his family. He tries to stop Gideon. He tries to command him to not hurt Emma, but it doesn’t work. The Black Fairy’s spell cannot be undone that easily. In the end Emma knows what she has to do and that is to let Gideon kill her. She sacrifices herself for her family and her home.
She falls and appears to be dead. Everyone rushes to her side and in an echo of Season 1 Henry kisses her and wakes Emma up. True love’s kiss wins again.
The storybook returns and we learn how the final battle was actually won. The last page says “When good and evil both did the right thing, faith was restored and the final battle was won.” Snow then gives a sweet speech about what comes next. That this is not the end of their story. It is not about the happy ending but believing in the possibility of the happy ending. Now, they live on. They get to see what happens next in their lives and they get to do it together.
The final scene shows all the worlds we have seen throughout the last six seasons coming back together. Then get to see how everyone gets to move on with their lives. Snow and Charming have a farm. Snow goes back to teaching. Henry goes back to school. Emma and Hook work together. Rumple and Belle start new with a baby Gideon. And Regina is once again mayor, or as the dwarves put on her door, “Queen.”
That proves the perfect ending for this series or at least this “book.” All of our characters get to move on and actually live their lives. They get to see where their stories go now, no longer having to fight. They get to live this next chapter with one another, in the life that is meant for them. To me it was perfect. It was literally closing this book and that is what this show needed. Life moving on with joy and togetherness.
The last few moments gave us a hint as to what is to come in the next season. We find out that the man from the beginning, the one that sent the little girl away, was actually adult Henry. His daughter arrives at his door step (much like Henry did to Emma’s in season 1) and tells him he has to save his family.
She is carrying a new storybook, one that contains our old story but will start a new one. After that last scene I am intrigued to see where this story is going. I was so set on letting this show go. Especially after this finale. It all ended so well!
Now I want to know what is going to happen. I feel like this is the only way for this show to move on. It is time to move our focus to a whole new set of characters, a new theme and a new story. This will only work though if this “book,” feels new and fresh. We need to have new themes, something other than the power of love and family. We need to have new characters and brand new stories.
I know that Regina, Hook and Rumple are supposed to play a part in the next season but I am hoping they are side characters. I am hoping this will feel like a sequel to a book series. New story but with cameos from people we know. It needs to find a way to get us hooked on these new characters and I think this time jump may just be the ticket.
I don’t know if I’ll do reviews for the next season but I am interested to see how this show handles this new turn. It could go very well or it they could get stuck. It will be interesting to see.
“Curses have never stopped us before.” – Snow – It was nice to see this end to a curse. I hope that in the new season we stay away from curses. Curses are the tool used in this book, time for a new way to stir things up.
“Belief in something, something that isn’t real, can be dangerous” – Black Fairy – This is what she wants Emma to believe. She wants to her to think having firm belief is a bad thing. When the opposite is true, having belief in what you can’t see will give you hope and provide a driving force for you to take risks and do the impossible.
This was the long anticipated musical episode as well as Hook and Emma’s wedding. I was hesitant about the whole musical idea. It can either go really well or really wrong. I think this one fell in the middle. I liked the songs but the story was just too Disneyeque for this show. Some of the plot points actually made me laugh out loud.
The episode started with us in the past. Snow is desperate to find a way to save her unborn daughter from the curse. She desperately makes a wish on a star, praying that her daughter can get her happy ending. The next morning the whole kingdom finds themselves signing.
At first they are confused and scared but then the number hits its crescendo and they figure out that they can do anything with love. Their whole song is about the power of love and the power of music and songs. They have this new feeling of determination and power in their souls.
Back in the current timeline Snow gives Emma her wedding dress only for The Black Fairy to show up and reveal she is still alive. She gives Emma one more chance to turn over her heart and to surrender. Emma refuses. The Black Fairy promises that she will regret that choice.
The gang goes to the clock tower where they find the plan that The Black Fairy has set in motion. At 6, right after Hook and Emma get married, a dark curse will be unleashed. This curse will separate Emma from the people she cares about. The Black Fairy assumes that this will make Emma vulnerable and make it so she can’t fight.
The Black Fairy is trying to play on Emma’s insecurities, particularly her fear of being alone. Being an orphan made Emma think she wasn’t wanted for much of her life. Throughout the series we have seen her grow and realize that she is not alone. She has her parents, Henry, Regina and Hook. Emma will never be alone again.
For a moment though Emma is scared. She resolves to fight The Black Fairy and end the battle once and for all. She faces her enemy and gives up her heart. This is the point where the past storyline and the current one connect.
In the past the singing spell gave Snow and Charming enough confidence to fight for their daughter and their kingdom. They face Regina in a strange singing dance battle. In the end Regina is able to reverse the spell.
Snow and Charming find that they lose their drive when they can no longer sing. The Blue Fairy comes to them and tells them that the song in their hearts never leaves. That this song will always be with Emma. They have to forget this moment in order for Emma to find that song again when she needs it the most.
This was the part that had me giggling. This was so Disney it was a bit ridiculous. Emma’s heart can’t be destroyed because she has the song of her parents and family inside of it. The song in her heart is what saves her in the end from The Black Fairy, this time. She literally sings her way out of the issue.
Emma learns that she is never alone. She will always have her loved ones in her heart, no matter what else is going on. She can take on The Black Fairy because of this love. Even as the wedding ends and we see the new curse taking over, Emma is confident she can defeat this evil and be back with her family.
The season finale is Sunday. It will be a two part episode and will also be Jennifer Morrison’s last episode. She is leaving the show, which means no more Emma. I am have no idea how they are going to continue the show without her. It has been picked up for a Season 7. I am not sure how they are going to continue the story but I am interested to see. Mostly because I feel like they have hit their creative wall and it can either go well and breathe new life into the show or it will be the ultimate end and kill it. We shall see.
“Cause love expressed through song is a weapon that the queen has never seen.” – Snow – This was the point of this episode. Somehow signing about their love and dedication to their family made them more powerful. I am not entirely sure how but it was the string that kept this episode together.
Where will Emma end up?
Will Emma live through the final battle?
Will The Black Fairy be defeated?
How will the last episode set up the coming new season?
Will it feel like a series finale?
What will the show be like without Emma?
This episode gave us the backstory of The Black Fairy. We learned why she had to give up her only son and we also learned that working to avoid prophecies tend to make them come true. While Rumple learned why he was abandoned, Zelena finds out that she has worth outside of her magic.
The episode opened on Rumple’s birth. Just after he is born his fairy godmother (Tiger Lily) comes in and reveals that he is destined to be a savior. This was the biggest shock of this episode. Rumple, The Dark One, was at one time destined to be a Savior; destined to help and save the people around him. It is an interesting idea considering where he ended up.
The group watches as Rumple attempts to wake up The Blue Fairy. They are able to wake her up where she tells them that the rest of the wand needed to banish The Black Fairy is at the heart of Storybrooke. Just as she is finishing her revelation The Black Fairy comes in and kidnaps her.
Rumple is upset and at a lost. Everyone heads off to find the wand but he needs to stop them. He needs to keep The Black Fairy alive until they find out where she has hidden Gideon’s heart. At this point Rumple cares about no one but his son. He could care less what his mother wants. He doesn’t care what her secret is, he wants his family safe, nothing more.
In another flashback we learn that that Fiona (The Black Fairy) learns that there is a prophecy about her son. It says that a Dark Force, a great evil, is going to put her son in a final battle and kill him. She is terrified and can only think about saving her child, nothing more.
Fiona becomes obsessed with protecting Rumple. She jumps at everyone who comes near her and she is willing to go to any lengths to save him. Tiger Lily thinks she is trying too hard and needs to let things happen as they are meant to happen. For Fiona this is not an adequate answer. Instead of sitting around she turns herself into a fairy thinking she can now completely protect her child.
While The Black Fairy is trying to get the information of the wand piece out of The Blue Fairy, Rumple uses dust to send him, Gideon and Emma into the dream universe. He needs to ask Gideon where his heart is being held, so he can find it before taking out The Black Fairy.
The dream realm isn’t Gideon’s dream though, it is Rumple’s. Rumple is haunted by his past but is at first unwilling to find out what happened. He believes he was never loved and he doesn’t care. All Rumple cares about is his own son. The problem is that Gideon has no idea where his heart is. He knows that to defeat The Black Fairy, Rumple needs to learn about what happened to make his mother leave him.
Rumple gives in and we learn what happened with his mother. The Black Fairy is obsessed with defeating the dark force after her son. She first looks for the child she believes is going to be his downfall but can’t find him or her. Instead she decides to create her own spell. It turns out to be a dark curse that will send all the children possible as a dark force to a land without magic.
Tiger Lily tries to stop her unwilling to let her create something so dark. The Black Fairy won’t listen and pulls out Tiger Lily’s heart. This is the moment that turns Fiona into The Black Fairy. She has made an unforgivable move. Then we find out that making this mistake makes Fiona into the evil that will kill her son.
This whole thing shows again the issue with prophecies. Prophecies are just words. They have no power until someone acts on them. If Fiona had just left her son alone, watched over him and let him live his life; he would have been fine. Instead she was hell bent on preventing the darkness that she created it. Prophecies need to be left alone. Trying to prevent them always make them happen.
Fiona isn’t done destroying her son’s life though. She still believes she can save him. She takes the shears and uses them to sever Rumple from his Savior destiny. She believes that if he is not The Savior then she will not have to fight him and he will not die. This is unacceptable to The Blue Fairy. The Blue Fairy banishes The Black Fairy for her choice and gives Rumple to his father to care for. (And we all know how well that worked out).
In the end Rumple ends up facing off with his mother. He has a choice. He can use the wand to destroy her or he can work with her. He now knows that she loved him, that everything she did was to protect him. He hesitates, unable to decide if he can trust her or wants to work with her.
Rumple choose to let her live. He can’t kill her, knowing her secret. Unfortunately The Black Fairy wants to kill Emma. She needs Emma dead because of the prophecy. Emma is now The Savior, which means she can defeat The Black Fairy. I am not sure how this fight will go down, but Rumple again has proven that he can’t be trusted.
“The problem with Saviors, never quite as helpful as advertised.” – Rumple – Rumple was at one point destined to be one of these Saviors. Saviors are expected to live up to certain expectations and I wonder if Rumple could fulfill that role if he tried.
When will the group learn that The Black Fairy is not dead?
Who will Rumple fight with in the end?
How will the final battle go down?
How will the musical episode work?
Will Emma and Hooks’ wedding be interrupted?
This was another filler type episode. It was mostly in place to put Zelena completely on the group’s side. Her loyalties have been debatable since the last season finale. I was glad that we have tied up this loose end as well. Now, we can completely concentrate on The Black Fairy and her plan and don’t have to worry about what Zelena is going to do.
The episode began with The Black Fairy coming to Zelena to ask her for help. She tells Zelena that she needs her assistance and that they are similar. She offers a hand of friendship to Zelena, though it is one we know isn’t real. Friendship and having someone on her side is the theme of the this episode for Zelena.
Zelena tells the group about The Black Fairy’s offer. (I do like that in this show they tend to tell each other the big things that happen and don’t keep them secret. Now the more minor things they hide and let them get out of control for some reason). Everyone is upset but know that they have to find out what she is up to before running after her.
Zelena is not in the mood to hang around waiting for The Black Fairy to do harm to her or her daughter. Zelena can only think about one thing and that is protecting her daughter. Regina instructs her to not go after The Black Fairy which annoys Zelena. She doesn’t want anyone thinking she is weak and she doesn’t need anyone to tell her what to do.
Snow jumps in and informs them that planning the wedding will help restore hope to the group. Zelena walks away and we think she is going to actually listen to Regina but that is, of course, not true. Instead she leaves Robin with Belle and decides to go after The Black Fairy on her own.
Regina finds out what she is doing and goes after her. In the dwarves cave they have an argument. Zelena tells Regina she is tried of being blamed for everything. She feels like she is an outsider to the group and that no one wants her. She is upset that Regina got to mourn her lost love while Zelena did not. Zelena resents the ways everyone treats her.
After a small fight the cave caves in and they have to find a way out. They encounter the Black Fairy who leads Zelena into a trap. It turns out that The Black Fairy did not want to work with Zelena. What she wanted was her powers. She needed to channel Zelena’s dark power into the fairy crystals, which turns them all dark. Effectively Zelena helped create a magical nuclear bomb.
Regina is beyond angry. She is upset because Zelena has no idea how to work with anyone. She is so consumed by proving her strength that she could have destroyed everyone. We know from Zelena’s backstory and the past points in this episode that Zelena is scared of being weak. She believes her magic is what makes her strong. She believes that if she can prove her strength than she proves her worth to the world.
We learn in this episode that Zelena feels alone. She is someone who has never had anyone on her side. She hates that she is alone but she also can’t give up a part of her to get a friend. She could have saved Stanum from becoming The Tin Man but she couldn’t sacarafice the one thing she believed made her worthwhile. We see that she hates being alone but also hates feeling weak even more.
In the end Zelena realizes she has to fix her mess. The only way to revert the fairy crystals and destroy the weapon is for Zelena is sacrifice her magic. She gives up what she believes is her strength and fixes the crystals. Now, she has to find a new way to define herself.
There are only a few episode left in this season. By the end I think that Zelena will have found her place in the group. She has no power now and she will have to work with and rely on the rest of the group. Zelena will quickly learn that her strength is not connected to her magic.
The other part of this episode was looking for Hook and Emma’s wedding venue. Charming is turning down everything and we learn that is because he is scared of what will happen to the day if The Black Fairy interrupts.
Charming voices the thoughts I had about the wedding. We know that there is some huge final battle coming and yet they want to find a way to set up a royal wedding. To me, this spells disaster. There is no way the wedding will go off without a hitch. First, because that would be a boring episode and second because it would be the perfect time for The Black Fairy to attack. Everyone in one place not ready to fight. I am sure the wedding will have a sour turn.
“You used your magic for good that makes you special” – Stanum – This is what will be Zelena’s strength. She doesn’t need magic to do good. She has the capacity in her, she just needs to learn how to find it again. Magic was a crutch for her, now she can find ways to help that uses the innate good inside of her.
Why did The Black Fairy give up Rumple?
What is The Black Fairy’s final plan?
How will the final battle go?
Will the wedding happen without a hitch?
How will they get Gideon’s heart back?
Will we learn more about The Black Fairy’s past?
Where is Violet?
The final battle is coming quick. This episode wrapped up the loose strings so that the rest of the season can focus on this fight. Hook has found his way home. Emma and Hook have fixed their relationship and Hook has also fixed his relationship with her parents. Snow and Charming were woken up and everyone is ready to fight with Emma.
The main part of this episode focused on waking up Snow and Charming. They are both still under the sleeping curse and Regina was having trouble finding a way to wake them up. She comes up with an idea but she is not sure it will work.
Snow is adamant they try it because she does not want Emma to have to face the final battle alone. That was the theme of this episode; not fighting alone. Emma keeps trying to tell her parents that it is okay, that she can handle herself; but no one will hear of it. Snow and Charming still feel guilty for not being around most her life and they will do anything they can to save Emma.
Regina’s plan ends up backfiring. Instead of removing the sleeping curse from the shared hearts it triggers a failsafe plan. They have until the end of the day to find a way to wake up both Charming and Snow or else they will both end up asleep forever.
While the group is trying to find a solution to the problem we get to see a moment from the past that I found interesting. In the previews last week I thought this week was going to be another version of trying to keep Emma from being The Savior. I was not thrilled with the idea. We have seen it a number of different ways at this point. We know that Emma HAS to be The Savior, period.
What the past portion of this episode showed up was that Snow and Charming had the opportunity to find Emma. Snow found a pixie dust flower that woke up Charming. When Charming woke up he remembered that he was from the Enchanted Forest and was able to wake Snow up from the spell as well.
They were excited to be out of the curse and were intent on finding their daughter. They went to Rumple to see if he had a way of finding her. Once Rumple woke up though he was not for the idea of running off after Emma.
He told them that it was too early for them to find Emma. Emma had to be 28 in order to break the curse for everyone else. If they went and found her at that point, she would never become The Savior and never be able to wake everyone else up. The pair was faced with a choice; reunite their family at everyone else’s expense and or go back under the curse and wait until Emma found them and saved everyone.
In the end we know that they chose to let Emma live her life and find them. They knew that they could not sacrifice everyone else’s life and well-being for their own happiness. Other lives were at stake and they needed to help them, and to do that they had to let their daughter find her own way.
The episode ends with the whole town coming together and taking a piece of the sleeping curse into themselves. (I am not entirely sure I understood how this worked but I am just going to go with it). By everyone taking a small piece of the curse they were able to dilute the curse enough to wake up Charming and Snow. Now they can all fight the final battle together.
This moment felt like it setting up a final ending for this series. I know the fate of Once Upon a Time is still up in the air (as of this posting). I have also read that if it gets renewed there could be a major cast shake up with also major story shake ups. This episode felt like a tying together of stories and preparing for everyone to come together to fight this final evil. I would love to see the whole town fight together and it not be just Emma. This series has always been about a number of characters lives and stories and I would love to see it end that way as well.
“I practically invented dark magic.” – Black Fairy- I wonder how much of The Black Fairies past we will see. Will we see how she became who she was? Or how she fell so far into the darkness? I think that could be interesting.
“Because it needed to.” – Emma- She says this after she finds the one pixie flower that survived The Black Fairies destruction. This is a statement of faith and belief, a statement that past Emma would never had made. She has much more belief in fate and destiny now then she ever did before.
Will Rumple tell everyone that The Black Fairy has Gideon’s heart?
Who will fight the final battle?
What happens when the book ends?
Will anyone die?
What does The Black Fairy want exactly?
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?
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?
Rumple is a complicated character. He is one of those characters that I think I make up my mind about but then he goes and completely changes my opinion of him. I want to dislike him. I want to see him as an enemy but he is too complicated for that. This episode showed us what Rumple cares about in his life, his sons.
The episode opened with Beowulf fighting in the ogre war. ( I thought it was a bit odd to make him the character in this story; mostly because he is a character from an ancient story. I just felt like it didn’t quite fit.) Beowulf believes the sword he has will make him a hero and win the ogre war. In the end it is Rumple who kills the ogres and wins the war.
Beowulf is upset and interrupts the celebration of the end of the war and Rumple’s work by telling everyone that Rumple is the Dark One. He is trying to make the village distrust and hate him and it works. They begin to fear him and even start attacking Baelfire. Baelfire asks that Rumple give up the dagger and the power. He wants their life to go back to normal. Rumple can’t let go of the power.
As they are arguing about the power issue a set of villagers come looking for Rumple’s help. They have a monster attacking their village. Baelfire thinks this would be a perfect time to prove that he can defeat the threat without the magic. But once they get there they find out that Beowulf is the one who set the whole thing up. He has been killing people and he wants to frame Rumple. He thinks that by “catching,” The Dark One, he will be the hero.
Beowulf attack Baelfire and forces him to use the dagger to save them. Rumple ends up killing Beowulf because Baelfire forces him too. Baelfire feels the pull of the power and he starts to think like Rumple. This scares Rumple and Rumple choose to erase Baelfire’s memories and to help keep him from becoming dark like Rumple was becoming.
Back in the present Rumple has to yet agains save his son. Gideon is intent on killing Emma. He thinks that the only way to save his people is to kill Emma, become a Savior and kill the Black Fairy. To do this he needs the sword and the only way to put it back together is by draining The Blue Fairy of her magic. He is not willing to listen to Rumple. He sees it as his only option and he is willing to do whatever to get what he wants.
Rumple will again not watch his son darken his heart. He steps up and does the deed himself. He drains The Blue Fairy, darkening his heart just a bit more. And it was in this moment that we saw Rumple’s true character.
For the longest time I thought Rumple cared about power and power only. I didn’t think there was anything or anyone who he would give up his power for. I didn’t think there was anyone he cared enough about to change his life or his ways. In this episode we saw that he will do anything to help his son. His son is what matters to him and he will not let him travel the same path he has traveled.
It has been said many times that parents want a better life for their children. A life that they could not have or a life that does not make the same mistakes that they have made themselves. Rumple is that parent. Rumple has doomed himself, he knows that. He knows there is no saving him. He knows that darkness will always be a part of who he is. He knows that he will be the person who always makes the wrong choices.
Rumple has resigned himself to who he is but he will not let his son do the same. Gideon is not a evil person. He had a rough childhood. He suffered through quite a bit as a child. He is angry and scared but he is not evil and that is what Rumple will not let change. Rumple knows what it means to give yourself up to evil and he has done and will do all he can to save his children.
The other main storyline of this episode was between Robin, Regina and Zelena. We learn that Robin stole the magic box in order to get make a spell to get himself out of Storybrooke. Robin is tried of being compared to someone he isn’t. He wants to start fresh and he wants to go off on his own. Regina is upset but she promises to let him go.
Regina knows that Robin is not the man she loved. The two Robin’s did not live through the same experiences which means they are different people. She knows that she made a choice to bring him to the real world and she has accepted that she needs to let him go.
Right at the end of the episode we see that The Evil Queen is back. She is set on helping Robin get what he wants if he helps her. It will be interesting to see how she manipulates him and his connection to Regina to get what she wants, whatever that may be.
“Giving into darkness only leads to heartbreak.” – Rumple – Rumple gave into darkness because he thought he had no choice. He was scared and he made a quick decision. He will not let his son do the same.
What does The Evil Queen want?
How will she use Robin Hood?
Is there any part of our Robin Hood in this version?
Will Hook tell Emma the truth?
Why does Gideon need to be a Savior to save his people?
Where is The Black Fairy?
Can Rumple and Belle work together to save Gideon?
When are Jasmine and Aladdin coming back?
You 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.
Regina 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?
“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?
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?
Once Upon a Time is back again! The first half of the season saw Emma trying to come to terms with the fate she was shown. She knows that in a battle she is going to be stabbed and possibly die, she now has to determine if she is going to accept that fate. This half of the season seems as if it is going to focus on the characters fighting back against what destiny supposedly has set out for them. There is no one fate for anyone. You get to make your own story.
This episode opened with a glimpse into the past. We got to see how Emma decided on her last name. She was living on the street when August finds her. He steps in and stops her from burning a book of fairytales. He specifically pulls out The Ugly Duckling and tells her that the best stories are about transformation. He leaves her with the thought that she can choose her own path in life and that there is no one set path for her to walk down.
Back in the Wish Realm, Regina and Emma are robbed by Robin. He takes off with their jewelry leaving Regina confused and stunned. Emma convinces her that they need to find a way home before they get caught. She leads them to Pinocchio who agrees to help them build another magical wardrobe to get them home. While they are talking Regina runs off intent on hunting down Robin.
Regina cannot shake the idea that Robin has a life without her. She needs to find him and find out if his life is better; she needs to know if she meant something to him. She finds him and he tells her that his lives a carefree lifestyle and that he is happy (thought he is lying). Regina is crushed. She had been hoping to find out that without her his life is a mess.
Regina has a pretty clear idea of what her destiny is supposed to be, loneliness. She doesn’t get lasting happiness. She sees her life as nothing but pain. And she has a point, everytime she gets something she wants, she loses it. She convinces herself that Robin being happy without her just proves that she is destined to be alone and unhappy. She sees this as a sign that they were just passing connections.
But then Robin talks with her, and is honest. He is not happy and doesn’t enjoy his life. He has no wife, no children and is stealing for himself. Robin is missing a point in his life. Regina is faced with a choice. She can walk away from Robin and leave him in the Wish Realm. Put that portion of her life behind her and be done with the pain but also risk losing a second chance at love.
Emma convinced Regina to take the chance. Everyone in the realm has aged as they naturally would have without the curse except for Robin. He is the same age that he was when he died. There could be a part of the original Robin’s soul in this new version. Regina is being handed a chance, a chance to stop wallowing in her despair and try a new path.
Emma is also given a choice in this episode. Emma has the sword that is foreseen to kill her in the Wish Realm with her. She has the option to walkaway and leave it behind but she decided to take it back with her. She knows she has a legitimate choice in front of her but she decides to confront the vision. Emma decides that destiny is in her control and she is not going to let anyone take that away from her.
In this episode we also learn a little more about Gideon (Rumple and Belle’s son). Gideon was raised by the Black Fairy thought he does not view himself as evil. He does not possess a fully dark heart. He states that he does not want to hurt anyone but Emma. He tells his parents that he needs to kill Emma in order to become The Savior. He need to be a Savior to save another land and stop the Black Fairy. I am sure there is much more to this story that we will find out throughout this half of the season.
The other interesting aspect of this is how Rumple and Belle have to work together to save and stop their son. They are Gideon parents and they believe they may be the only two who can get through to him. They can’t do it alone and they are going to have to find a way to work together.
Rumple makes a point to say that throughout his whole life he was constantly looking for a slice of light in his darkness. He doesn’t want his son to have to live that way. He doesn’t want him to be bogged down and unable to fully live his life. Together his believes that he and Belle can save Gideon from a life of sorrow and pain.
“If we believe in something strong enough we will have the power to change our fate.” – Austin – Emma knows now that she has to believe she can win the fight for her life. Without belief it is too easy to give up or give in at the first sign of trouble. Belief is what pushes us forward and gives us the ability to write our own stories.
“It might not work” -Regina, “Then again it might.” – Robin – This is an interesting exchange. Robin allows that moment of hope into the situation. Things could go wrong but you won’t know until you take that risk. You can’t live in that in-between you take the chance and see what comes of it.
Can Gideon become a Savior?
Who does he need to save? Can Rumple and Belle work together? Will Emma actually have to die?
Is the first Robin living somehow in Wish Realm Robin?
How can Emma defeat fate?
Where does this all tie into Agrabah?
Where are the characters from The Land of Lost Stories? Are we done with them?