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 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?
The winter finale finally told us who the hooded figure is. We also got to see what life would be like if the dark curse had never been enacted. We set up more of the conflict for Rumple and Belle but still haven’t solidified what The Evil Queen’s story is actually about. And we seem to have completely thrown The Land of Lost Stories characters to the side.
The episode opens with the group trying to find away to go after The Evil Queen again. During a small fight between Regina and her darker half, Emma takes a swing at The Evil Queen with the sword they found in the last episode. It is quickly discovered that the sword can hurt the queen but it doesn’t hurt Regina. They now have a weapon! Though who the sword belongs to and why it hurt the queen and not Regina is left as unanswered questions.
The group goes after the queen but she takes Jasmine hostage. She now has possession of the lamp and she uses it to send Emma to a world where she is not the savior. She is hoping to put everyone against each other as they try to find a way to save Emma and leave The Evil Queen to whatever she wants.
I still have no idea what this woman wants. She wants to hurt Regina, that much we know. We know she wants to watch the people she hates suffer. She thinks taking away all the people from Regina will destroy her. What I am confused about is what happens after that? What is her long term goal? If Regina loses everyone and falls apart then what does she want? Will she go back to the Enchanted Forest? Will she rule Storybrooke? What does she really want?
Emma ends up in the Enchanted Forest in a life where she was raised by her parents. We see right away that she is not a fighter. She has been coddled her whole life and she has no idea what suffering feels like. She is taken care of by her parents. She is loved by her people. Her life has been almost perfect.
Henry is still her son and she did end up with Neil, though I am not sure I understand how that worked out. In the actual storyline, Neil ends up in the mortal world because Rumple pushes him away. We know that Rumple is still The Dark One in this world so why didn’t Neil end up in the mortal world? How was that changed because the curse didn’t happen? Those two things had no connection to each other. I feel like this was glossed over to shoehorn Henry into the story.
Regina ends up figuring out that since her and The Evil Queen are essentially the same person she is also the master of the lamp. She takes it and wishes to be where Emma is. The only problem in is that in the new reality she is still seen as a villain and feared. No one knows her as Regina so she has to play a part.
Regina is desperate to turn Emma back into the woman who will fight for what she loves again. She takes her parents hostage and threatens their lives. She tells Emma she just has to fight her. Emma instead offers up the kingdom to save her parents. This Emma has no idea what fighting means. She has no idea how to give herself up for people she loves. She is not someone who will do anything for her family.
Our Emma has had to fight for everything from day one. She has not had anything handed to her. She knows loss and she knows pain. This Emma knows none of those things. She has never been in real pain. She did lose Neil but she hasn’t watched people die at her feet. She hasn’t had someone take someone she loves. So, she has no idea what to do when Regina takes her parents; other than to hand over everything.
It takes Henry stepping in front of her and fighting for her to snap her back to herself. No matter what form she is in, she will do anything to protect her son. He is what matters in her life, anywhere and anytime.
They make almost make it back to their reality but stop when Robin shows up and catches Regina’s attention. She has been spending her whole time there saying that this place is not real. All of it is just an image, not real life. Then Robin shows up and her mind goes off track. She sees Robin, someone she thought was dead forever and she can’t walk away.
The second half of the season is going to have Regina coming to terms with losing her Robin; because this is not the man she loved and lost. She is going to learn to let him go and go home to her real life. I’m sure somehow he will help her find a way to fight the dark side of herself and win.
The other part of this episode was about Rumple trying to find his son. We find out that the Blue Fairy was attacked by the Black Fairy and their son was stolen. In the last moments of the episode we learn that the hooded figure is Morpheus, their son.
The Black Fairy has turned him evil/dark. Now Belle and Rumple are going to have to work together to save him. My question though is, will Rumple see the situation the same as Belle? Rumple likes his dark side. He has been wanting someone that understands him. Now, he has his son. Will he actually help turn him good again? Will that help him realize that his thirst for power is what is destroying his life? Will saving his son help save Rumple?
“Love is weakness” – Evil Queen – We have heard a number of villains say this before. They are afraid of love because it makes them vulnerable. They would no longer be centerd on themselves. But in the end it also makes everyone stronger, because they are able to fight for the people around them.
“Every savior needs a villain.” – Rumple – Saviors need something to fight against. The villain doesn’t have to be a person, it is just an obstacle in the way. Saviors are saviors because they are able to stand up and fight for who and what means the most to them.
“You fight when it matters.” – Regina – Emma fights when people she knows are in harms way. She does not fight to fight. She fights because it means saving people she loves. That is when fighting matters the most; when you use it to help others.
How will Emma and Regina get home?
Can Regina leave Robin Hood again?
Will this Robin Hood be anything like hers?
How did Rumple is the wish reality know about Storybrooke?
What consequences will there be for realizing Rumple is the wish reality?
Will we see the Black Fairy again?
Why did she steal Rumple’s child and turn him dark?
Can Morpheus be saved?
Where is Agrabah?
How is that story going to fit in with the rest of the stories?
What happened to the people from The Land of Lost Stories?
When will we get the story of Charming’s dad?
Who does the sword belong to?
Why can the sword hurt The Evil Queen and not Regina?
In this episode The Evil Queen continued to try to put a wedge in the group. This time she concentrated her efforts on Henry and tried to darken his heart. Thankfully Henry was raised to be stronger than her influence.
The episode started with Regina coming up with a way to trap The Evil Queen. She knows she can’t kill her without killing herself. She wants to capture the queen in the world behind the mirror. She will be powerless in there and then they can be rid of her.
Unfortunately The Evil Queen had a similar idea. This where the biggest issue is going to be for fighting this woman. Regina is the one who comes up with the ideas all the time but her and the queen think alike. They are the same person in a sense so it becomes difficult for her to think of something the queen won’t think of. They are going to have to plan a way to get rid of her without Regina’s help. They have to work without Regina or else they are always going to keep getting blindsided by her.
The Evil Queen ends up trapping Emma and Regina in the mirror. She then masquerades as Regina to the group. At first everyone seems to buy her act which annoyed me. I hate when people can’t tell someone is faking being someone else. The only one I gave any slack to was Snow because she is a bit stressed right now.
Thankfully Hook didn’t fall for it for long. He realized something was wrong when Emma didn’t take his calls. But the queen knocks him out. Henry figures it out after a conversation with the queen. I’m not sure exactly what tipped him off but it should have been the whole conversation. Her telling him to be a prince and calling Violet a commoner was never something Regina would have said something to him.
Henry does figure it out in the end and tries to rescue his mothers. The Evil Queen tries to get him to rescue his mothers by killing The Dragon. She tries too appeal to the idea that Henry is not allowed to be as strong as he could be. She talks about him hiding behind his parents and being too soft. She offers to help him find who he truly is meant to be and wants to make him “strong.”
Henry is smart enough not to fall for her game. He knows he is a strong person because of his family. He can take care of himself when he needs to but he also know he is never alone. He won’t betray his family no matter what she does to them or him.
Henry is not alone and he knows that. He doesn’t have to make his decisions on his own. He has his parents voice and advice always guiding him. He won’t let his heart be darkened that easily. He knows that what she is proposing will not make him strong. He knows that it will only hurt others and that is something he was raised never to do.
There was only one problem I had with this episode and that was the way Henry fought in this episode. A few episodes ago he let the queen convince him that Hook was not good for him and Emma. She manipulated him into fighting with Hook. Even though he has never had an issue with him before.
Now in this episode he is standing up to her because he knows what she is doing. Why didn’t he do that before? He is not a dumb kid as he proved in this episode. He knows how to fight and he knows what family and bonds between people means. He should never have let her into his head the last time.
I would have liked to see him begin fighting in that episode. Maybe trying to keep her out of his head and her slowly pulling him apart. If he had been fighting the whole time and then culminated in this scenario it would have made a much more of an impact. The way it was done here made me a bit disappointed. He was so strong here so why wasn’t he strong before? I like the Henry from this episode that is defiant and who knows who he is and knows who his family is.
“Never compromise who you are.” – Emma- Emma knows pretending to be someone else never works for anyone. You have to stand up for who you are and not let anyone tell you differently. Henry learned that well in this episode.
“Family makes you stronger than you’ll ever be by yourself.” – Henry – Our group has only gotten where they are now and only lived through everything because of their bond to one another. They always know someone is out there to help them. The Evil Queen has no one and that is going to be her downfall.
Will The Evil Queen be able to kill Zelena? How will they get rid of The Evil Queen?
Where is Agrabah?
How will those two stories link together?
Who is the hooded figure? Will Emma have to really die? How can they break the sleeping curse? How and where will Belle run to?
Is there any hope for Rumple? Who killed Charming’s father?
When we met Jekyll and Hyde in the last season finale I thought they were going to be what this half of the season revolved around. I felt that Hyde had a master plan, that was going to take a while to play out. Last night’s episode squashed that idea. It seems that they were there to further Regina and The Evil Queen’s storyline.
The episode opened with Hyde and The Evil Queen visiting Rumple. Hyde’s wanted a necklace that Rumple had. During the confrontation we learn that Hyde can’t be killed, much like The Evil Queen. Before he leaves with the necklace, Hyde threatens Belle, which sets Rumple off.
Rumple, again, makes a poor decision about Belle. In order to protect Belle from Hyde, Rumple puts a protection spell on Hook’s ship. At first it seems like a decent idea, Hyde will not be able to get onto the ship; but there is a catch, Belle also cannot leave the ship. Rumple has yet again, imprisoned Belle.
Rumple keeps doing this to Belle. Het tries to forces his ideas and way of life on Belle. He won’t let her take care of herself. He believes he knows best. To him, Belle has no idea what is going on in this world and she cannot think for herself.
Rumple and Belle’s relationship has become abusive over time. Rumple thinks he has control over Belle and everything that she does and thinks. He will not allow her to act on her own. He tries to disguise the abuse by stating that he is protecting her but taking away her choices and freedom is not protecting her, that is controlling her. Belle is becoming Rumple’s prisoner once again.
Rumple will never win Belle’s love back with this behavior. Belle is not a weak minded person. She has stood up to Rumple before, yet she keeps trying to give him second chances. Belle is at the end of her rope though. She has played this game with him for too long and she is done. Rumple must back off, and let Belle live her life. At this point if he continues this way, he is going to end up hurting Belle or finding himself at the end of an unwelcome spell.
While Rumple is making poor choices the group is trying to help Jekyll make a new serum. They are hoping that Jekyll can make a serum that can kill Hyde and The Evil Queen. Unfortunately Hyde and The Evil Queen find Jekyll. They destroy the lab and steal what they believe is the new serum.
Regina and Rumple find a beaten Jekyll. In their panic they learn that Jekyll hid some of the serum from Hyde. Rumple wants the serum to kill Hyde in order to protect Belle. He threatens Jekyll, forcing Regina to give up the serum. Rumple finds Hyde and tries to use it on him but turns out he was tricked by Hyde and Jekyll.
I am not sure if it was from the very beginning, but at least for awhile, Jekyll and Hyde have been working together. Jekyll hates Hyde but they both have the same desire for revenge against Rumple.
We learn through the flashbacks that Rumple was the one that encouraged Jekyll to take the serum the first time. He made it seem that it would help Jekyll get everything he ever wanted. He was bringing out the stronger side of himself but it did not end well. In the end Jekyll gets jealous of Hyde and ends up killing the woman they are both in love with. Ever since they have blamed Rumple for her death. They have always wanted revenge.
Jekyll went after Belle, intending to hurt her in order to hurt Rumple. Hyde brings Rumple to the boat to watch it all happen. In the end Hook ends up saving the day by killing Jekyll which in turn kills Hyde. We learn the secret to getting rid of The Evil Queen; Regina has to die.
I thought that the Jekyll and Hyde storyline was going to last longer but I now see why they had them in the story. What this episode showed us and Regina was that the capacity of evil never goes away. The potential for making those choices is always there, no matter what you do.
Regina remover her darker side but as I stated before it was only her past darkness. She removed what had already been done and destroyed the darkness that had already been built up. She did not remove the potential for darkness itself.
Everyone is capable of doing a dark deed. We have all heard people say that they would never do X,Y and Z, but none of us know what we would do until we are faced with that moment or choice. Threatening loved ones will make people make some tough and dangerous decisions.
In the end it comes down to your choices. Regina has learned to make better choices over the seasons. She doesn’t automatically think of killing or harming someone as a solution anymore. She cares about others now. In this episode The Evil Queen would have let Rumple kill Jekyll in order to get what she wanted. Our Regina knows that killing someone to get what you want is not an option. Regina understands what consequences her choices have now. That is what is going to save Regina.
I think Regina will have to come to terms with the idea that darkness is and will always been a part of her. Her past is her past. She knows that she messed up badly at one point but she has been making amends for a while now. In order to “defeat,” the Evil Queen she is going to have to reconnect with her. She can either kill herself or most likely she is going to have to accept that side of herself again.
“You can change the outside but what is inside is still there,” – Hyde – Here Hyde is talking to Rumple. Rumple has always embraced his darkness. No matter what he changes about his appearance he will always be The Dark One. Belle sees that and unless he does a radical transformation he will lose Belle for good.
What is Jasmine and Aladdin’s story?
How will their story end?
Will Regina end dying?
Or can Regina accept her darker half and reconnect herself in some fashion?
Who was the hooded figure that stabs Emma in her vision?
Can life ever be normal the way Snow wants it to be?
Will the oracle play a bigger part as the season moves on?
Can Rumple ever let Belle go?
Will Belle run and hide from Rumple?
This 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.
Regina 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.
“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.
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?
In 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.
In 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.
“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.
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?