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Once Upon a Time- S3E13- Witch Hunt- (Spoilers)

In this episode we got a few answers as well as many more questions. We found out that the Wicked Witch is actually Regina’s half sister. I saw this coming from the moment the blood magic stopped working. Though when the mid-season finale aired and we saw the Wicked Witch for the first time I had an inkling that there was going to be some bound between the witch and Regina. It was almost a story written by itself, the “evil” queen and the Wicked Witch related to one another. Two sides of villainy being forced to go against one another. The question becomes, what is worse evil or wickedness? Is Regina still actually evil, enough to defeat this new threat? Will family connection do anything to help this situation? It will be interesting to see how these two play against each other.

This new development set up a very interesting path for Regina. Regina left Storybrooke, broken hearted, so much so that she wanted to bury her heart and never truly feel anything again. She has lost Henry and has no one to blame but herself. She has nothing left. Regina at the moment is a broken woman. Snow and Robin Hood keep spouting off this line about having to find a new reason to live. They keep throwing these words out like they are a cure all for her heartache. They don’t understand Regina enough though to realize that those words are pretty but empty to her. Regina has spent her life living one way (until she found Henry), seeking revenge and destruction. She found Henry and began living for him, now she has neither of those things. So what is left for this woman?

Regina is so broken and done with life that she is willing to put herself under a sleeping curse. She doesn’t want to force her life to mean something. She knows what is should be and she can’t ever have that so she is walking away. She could have gotten angry and literally destroyed the world around her. Instead she just wants to bow out of this life, leave the pain behind and be done with all of it.

It was interesting to me though that she chose this sleeping potion. It does not mean she will never awake again. A true loves kiss will wake her, she assumes it would be Henry, but we know that could also mean Robin Hood. Somewhere deep in her heart she has faith that one day she might see her son again. She is not completely hopeless and done with this world. If she was she would have killed herself not put herself into a sleep that she could be awoken from. She can’t completely leave this world behind her, she can’t fully give up. Snow wants her to live on, she wants her to not give up and here we see that deep down Regina has those same feelings.

Just as she is about to put herself into an almost endless sleep the Wicked Witch steps in and changes everything. For reasons unknown Cora gave up the Wicked Witch as a child. She had no desire to have this child around, why? Because she was the product of an ill fated love affair between her and Rumplestiltskin? Was the witch’s life too much for Cora to handle, a memory that was destroying her? We know Cora removed her heart to avoid pain, was part of that pain from the memory of giving this child away?

Through the rest of this series I am sure we are going to get further information about the witch and what happened to make her so angry and resentful. For Regina though this new revelation gives her a new reason to live, what everyone keeps preaching to her. Again she knows how to live for two things, her son and for destroying people. She now has a new target and a new reason to keep moving.

This I am sure was not the idea that Snow and Robin Hood had. They are very much fairy tale characters with this kind of flowery, happy go lucky thought process. They have a very sunshine idea about life, while Regina has lived her life with very little of that mentality. This Wicked Witch steps in and threatens Regina. She threatens to destroy her; how, we don’t completely know yet. We know she resents Regina but there has to be more for her to be so angry as she is. Regina can’t have her son back but she can destroy someone. She has a look of complete joy and excitement in her eyes now. Though my question is who is she trying to save? Herself? or her new found friends and family? I think when we find out exactly what Regina is planning and why, we will realize just how far her character has come.

Though there is a slight apprehension in this new scenario. Hopefully this new determination doesn’t spark anything from her past. I hope she doesn’t get a taste for this revenge style again and lose the progress she has made over the last season. She has come so far, and we can only hope she doesn’t fall off the wagon. Which is why I think when we find out exactly who she is trying to save we will know exactly where we are at with her character.

During this episode we got a lot of sleuthing and trying to determine what is really happening. One of the major questions that popped up is where is Neil? Everyone seems to think he became a flying monkey but I am really doubting that idea. He was on a mission to get his family back, we saw how determined he was about the idea. He was going to work with Belle but obviously somehow they got split up because she is in Storybrooke without her memories. So either they didn’t go off together or they got separated on their mission. So which leave us with the question of where is Neil? Is he somewhere in Storybrooke? Is he running around New York looking for Emma and Henry? Does he have memories? Is he still in the Enchanted Forest? Some how I think he is connected to the whole Rumple as a prisoner thing.

We see at the end that the Wicked Witch has Rumple in a cage. As I stated earlier I believe Rumple is her father and she is seeking revenge. Though what work she has for them remains to be seen. Though the Rumple we see in the cage is much different then the one we saw leave Storybrooke earlier. First off he must have no power or the Wicked Witch is much more powerful then we previously thought. This is not the Rumple who killed his own father and finally had the love and devotion of his son. This one is broken and falling apart.

His voice gives us a clue as to the Rumple we are dealing with now. This is the Rumble after Bae left and before he met Belle, the one who is almost insane from grief and shame. He has nothing to live for but power, and he might not even have that anymore. He keeps repeating, “You feed the madness, and it feeds on you,” over and over gain. This is a good indicator of how far this man has fallen.

This is not Mr. Gold, a calm and calculating man who is on a mission. This is a man who has lost everything and no longer cares about anyone or anything. Where did he come back from? Does this man remember Storybrooke at all? Does he know who Belle is? Is he from a different time or was be in some hell dimension that broke him?

While everyone is running around trying to figure out what is going on and taking stock of who is missing, Henry is in the background just hanging out. Henry just accepts everyone has his mother’s friends. No memories are sparked, no indications that he knows where he truly is. This lack of recognition is worrying but what is truly worrying to me is his behavior.

Every single scene he is in he is seen playing a video game. We have never seen him do this before. He is either reading, talking with the adults or hanging out outside. This Henry is completely disconnected from the world around him. What did this memory change do to him?

He is still interested in the library which is a good sign. There is still some small remnant of his past self inside of him somewhere, which gives me hope that he can come back. I am just worried that this memory change has altered him in some way that can’t be truly corrected. When will they have time do deal with this though? Will it be too late when they finally pick up on everything?

Quotes:
“I cast curses to hurt other people not myself,” Regina- I liked this line because we see that still pining over Henry. No matter what happened there is still a part of her heart dedicated to her son.

“There you go telling the truth again”- Emma- Emma can detect lies, especially in Regina. She trust this woman now and understands who she is. I like this new relationship between these two.

“You feed the madness and it feeds on you”- Crazy Rumple- Is this just delusional rambling? Or is a clue to what is going on with everyone? Is madness the real villain here?

Questions:
Why is everyone being taken when they come near the town line?

What is the Wicked Witches’s ultimate goal?

– Is she Cora’s and Rumble’s daughter?

– What happened to her in OZ?

Where is Neil?

– Why is he not with Belle?

– What happened to them finding the knife?

When will Henry remember? And will he be the same after?

Why is the Wicked Witch getting close to Snow?

Who is the cures supposed to hurt ultimately?

Who is the Rumple in the cage? How much does he remember? Does he have any power?

Once Upon a Time- Episode 4 Review- (Spoilers)

This episode built on the story of Pan and gave us a deeper look at Rumple and how he got to the point he is at right now. We learn in this episode that Pan has been part of Rumplestiltskin’s life for a very long time. They have known each other since childhood. Someway, somehow this relationship deteriorated and collapsed taking Rumple down with it. We watched as the strong Rumple is faced with his greatest fear and weakness and the question we are left with is can Rumple be redeemed or is he too broken?

The first thing we see in this episode is that Neil is back in Neverland. We learn throughout the episode how connected Neil is to Pan and this island. Not only is this not the first time he has been here it isn’t even close to the first them the two of them have met.

When we went into the flashback’s I thought that Rumple’s story of saving his son from the piper was going to be another parallel type story like we saw earlier with Snow and Emma. I thought it was going to be a story of the lengths Rumple would go to save his son, highlighting what he could do again.

This idea was true in the very basics. Pan was the piper. Pan has been in Neverland for a very long time we learn. Originally he could only interact with children who came to him in their dreams, but he isn’t satisfied with this. For a moment it seems like Pan is just a lonely boy who wants friends. He uses a specific pipe to call boys to come to him who feel unwanted and unloved, a pipe both Bae and Rumple can hear.

A quick thought on Pan here. First obviously at one point Pan could leave Neverland. He leaves and brings back the lost boys. This makes me wonder about my idea of him being trapped. At one point he could leave, he brings people back to the island, but what about right now? Is he upset that he can’t leave anymore? Or is there more to it?

This moment was an interesting look at Pan for us. At one time he was all alone on the island. Why? How did he end up there? Was the gathering of the boys just because he was lonely? Or is there something more to it? Pan in these scenes is still hard and controlling, he isn’t a scared child. Who was he to begin with?

Rumple knew Pan from his own childhood. It is interesting that Rumple, Bae and Henry all meet Pan as boys, a tradition past down through the family. Rumple can hear the pipe because he has never felt worthwhile or loved. Pan tells him how everyone he has ever loved has left him; his father and his wife. Pan strikes right to the heart here, without any preamble. Rumple has always struggled with trying to feel less worthless. He can’t be the coward anymore, he has to have the control. He decides what to do and when to do it.

We see how wrong he was when Bae was a boy and how that anger and resentment haunts their relationship until this day. Neil tells Rumple he can’t trust him. Especially after he hears the prophecy, he can’t believe anything his father tells him. Neil knows that what stands today will not remain standing tomorrow. Rumple didn’t take Pan’s deal, he didn’t trust that his son would come with him, he didn’t trust that a son’s love for his father will overrule everything else. That lack of trust and sadness still has a hold on Neil. His father has never stopped and asked him what he wants or what he thinks. Rumple decides what happenes not Neil. This is his problem, he wants to survive, instead of ensuring the one’s he loves survive.

We can’t fully blame Rumple though. As a child his father abandoned him, a hurt we know he still holds very close as evidence by how he reacts to the doll. Then Pan comes into his life. Rumple was never a lost boy but he became close to Pan at one time. They were best friends, until Pan betrayed Rumple somehow. I can’t decide exactly what happened here, I think in some way Pan was supposed to take Rumple away from his misery but he didn’t fulfill his part. Rumple has never forgiven him and that helped build up a wall inside of his heart. A wall strengthened by the loss of his wife and son.

This moment is a defining moment for Rumple. Neil walks away, not even trying to trust his father. He is done with questioning his loyalty. Rumple breaks, he understands but it still shakes him. He pushed Belle’s image away, not wanting that small conscience talking to him anymore. I think we are going to end up seeing the dark and cold Rumple again.

While Rumple and Neil are attempting to work together, Pan is trying to get to Henry. We saw that Henry isn’t easy to manipulate or change. Pan plays the pipe early on for Henry and Henry can’t hear anything. We know he doesn’t feel unwanted or unloved. We know Henry believes in his family, he knows they are going to come rescue him.

Pan doesn’t treat Henry like a captive. He tells him the celebration is for him. He doesn’t keep him tied up or in a cage. He is trying to be this friend type figure to Henry. Pan doesn’t need force to keep Henry with him. He doesn’t want to scare him, he wants him to become part of the group. Another reason I still think Henry’s heart has to be given and not taken. Force isn’t the solution here.

Then Neil comes in and manages to rescue Henry for about a minute. He ends up right back in the camp because he doesn’t have his father there to help him. Now something had to happen in these few moments. When Neil got him back he was still this resolute child who knew he was loved but after he wakes up he hears the pipes and joins the lost boys. What happened in that time?

Pan gives Henry a speech about dreams. He tells him that Neverland used to be a place where new dreams were born and that Henry can bring that magic back. Something seems to be wrong with the island (that is if we actually trust Pan and what he says). Then there are the dreams, is that how Pan manipulated Henry? How else could he change Henry so quickly? Pan says he basically dreamt Henry, brought him to the island. Dreams are powerful here. They can make people and change lives. Somehow Pan controls dreams, somehow he did something to Henry. I just can’t believe Henry would feel so lost so quickly even while mourning his father.

Meanwhile Emma and the rest of the group is trying to figure a way to get off the island. Tinker Bell refuses to help them until they have an escape plan. It is mentioned multiple times that no one leaves the island without Pan’s blessing. Yet Neil has left as has Hook. Hook’s required a one time deal. Neil on the other hand escaped by his own means. They find a map of the stars that Neil created for himself. For a minute it seems like leaving is actually possible.

Then Pan tells Neil that his great escape might not have been as impressive as it seems. Pan let him go the first time. Was it because he knew Neil would eventually father Henry? Was everything Pan as done to ensure that Henry was born? Pan has been in control for a very long time. Neil thinks himself clever but we see yet again he is being manipulated. Pan has begun to turn Henry. Soon he will have him where he needs him, ready to be used. I think in the next few episodes we will learn what Pan truly wants and how Henry is a part of it.

Quotes:
“Never break in somewhere unless you have a way out”- Both Emma and Pan- This is my favorite line of the episode. Both characters say the exact same words. Is it because they are connected in some way? Or is it because they think alike?

“One thing I learned from you hero types is that there is alway hope”- Hook- He tells this to Charming. For some reason he really wants Charming to tell everyone that he is dying. Yet he says this line, he still holds onto hope somehow.

“Sometimes the people you fear the most are the ones closest to you,”- Pan- Our most beloved ones are the ones who can destroy us as well as save us.

Questions:
-What did Pan do to Henry?

How long has Pan been setting up Henry’s life and purpose?

Who told him about Henry?

How did Neil leave the first time?

How did Pan betray Rumple as a child?

How did Pan end up in Neverland?

How close were Hook and Bae?

Why is Hook so intent on Charming telling Snow that he is dying?

Can Rumple ever redeem himself?

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