This episode was the episode where Belle finally became more of a round character. We got to see that her relationship with Rumple is in serious jeopardy. We also got to see what The Snow Queen seems to have planned and we are learning that yet again a romantic vision of life is not something that is going to be able to be forced into reality.
The episode started with Belle and her mother hiding from the ogres that are attacking their land. They are about to be attacked when Belle blacks out and wakes up to find her mother has died. She has no memory of what happened and becomes obsessed with getting those memories back. She goes to Arendelle to find the rock trolls and meets Ana.
Belle is an interesting character. She has always seemed like a flat character to me. She is someone everyone trusts and she is friendly with most. She gives people a chance and sees the good in people, such as with Rumple. For the last few seasons that has seemed to be all that she was. We did see her doubt herself and need a boost when she was given the task of helping everyone get out of Neverland by Rumple but that was never expanded on. Until now it would seem she was okay with who she was. Until now we did not really get the full understanding of how much she doubts herself and her abilities.
She finds the mirror in The Snow Queen’s ice cave and her reflection says out loud all the things she has been hiding inside of herself for so long. It tells her that she is pathetic, weak and will never be a hero. Until now we didn’t get a real indication of that these are issues she has been dealing with. She is always helping others or fighting for others and we never got to see what she is fighting with inside of herself. She actually has very little confidence in herself. She has never been the leader, always the follower. This sets up a chance for her character to really be able to grow into a strong woman who stands up for herself and truly believes in her abilities.
We saw that this element exists in her when she suggests going to Rumple to help save her family and kingdom. That suggestion took bravery and confidence. So it is all inside of her she just has to find a way to bring it out into the open where it belongs.
At one time I would have said Rumple could have helped her bring out these elements of herself. But now I doubt that. Rumple is living a double life and he has not conquered his demons or found his true confidence in himself yet.
The mirror tells Belle that deep down she knows that Rumple is a beast and she can’t truly trust him. And the mirror is not wrong in this manner right now. Despite what Rumple continuously spouts out to others he has not changed, at least not as completely as he pretends. He still possess the real dagger, meets with The Snow Queen in secret and it out to capture magic to make the hat work for him.
Rumple is yet again playing this game where is he is pretending to live one life while he is really living a completely different one. Sooner or later this act is going to catch up with him as it always does. When it does he is going to have a fallout much bigger then he has ever had to deal with before. Belle is going to be livid and her trust in him is going to completely evaporate. Not to mention the whole town is going to be on guard against him for knowing what the The Snow Queen has been planning for so long. He is going to end up alone again and when Rumple is hurt he gets dangerous.
The question becomes why is he doing this? Is it because for so long this has been how his life has been and his can’t break the habit? He has to be involved in everything that is happening around him, has to know who is in power and what their plans are. For so long he has been the one that everyone uses and he can’t break out of that mold. Also he seems to be protecting his position of power as well. Rumple has always been the most powerful and every time someone threatens that he lashes out. The Snow Queen seemed like he met his match but yet again he pulls out something that gives him leverage. No one is going to control him or be more powerful then him. Despite what he always says that is what his life is truly about right now.
This episode also answered some questions about The Snow Queen and what she seems to be planning. Turns out she really is Ana and Elsa’s aunt. She is one of three sister and she appears to be the only one left alive. She is out to recreate the family the she lost.
We know that somehow her and her other sister Olga disappeared at one point in time and everyone’s memories of them were erased. Why they were kidnapped or where they went we have no idea. Did it have something to do with the snow power? Were they the odd ones out and they were seen as a threat and taken away? We are not sure yet.
What we do know is that she seems to have tried to recreate this family a few times before. She started with Elsa being all kind by helping her learn control. She earned Elsa’s trust but Ana doubted her and discovered that she was not who she seemed to be. As a consequence Ana was captured and most likely still in The Snow Queen’s possession.
Something happened to make her have to imprison Elsa and erase her memories of everything; same thing with Emma. She was Emma’s foster family for six months and judging by the papers and cards she saved she cared for Emma and Emma actually like her. Again something happened to break this relationship.
The Snow Queen appeared to be trying to create a family organically. Earn the trust of these people and let them come to care for her and be the family she always wanted. But we know she has a hard side that does not accept when things do not go her way. She lashes out and it becomes about control.
Now she has given up on the trying to be nice and create a family that way. She is going to get this family she wants no matter what. She plans on using the mirror to turn everyone in town against each other, hopefully leaving only her, Elsa and Emma still alive or around. Then she has this group but it is not a family. She will have to find a way to make these two trust her and like her again. Remind them of the past? Take away memories of the evil she has done? Somehow she is going to have to make it so they actually want to be around her. Without that there is no family. Just because three people are together does not make them a family. A family requires love and respect and that is something that neither Emma or Elsa have for her.
“Magic always comes with a price,”- Belle’s father- Yet again we are reminded of this fact. Everyone in this world knows this fact by now but they seem to forget it or underestimate the consequences too often. I think Rumple and The Snow Queen are going to learn this lesson yet again.
“Captain Guy-liner,” – Regina (in reference to Hook)- I found this line hilarious. I also like that Regina is still witty like this. It is good to see that all that is going on around her has broken her completely yet.
“Nothing I try seems to be good enough,” – Regina- She tells this to Robin Hood right before she tells him that he has to forget about her and fall in love with Marian again. Regina is out of ideas and it is killing her. She is used to being able to solve all problems and now she is at a point where she is out of options. She can’t save Marian and she has to let Robin Hood go. It is a short scene but we see that Regina is breaking and soon she is going to be completely broken. The question becomes when will someone notice and how much damage will there be at that point?
“Sometimes a hero has to sacrifice everything for those they love,”- Belle- How many sacrifices will have to be made before these story lines end?
When will Rumple slip up and everyone finds out about the other life he has been living?
What will Bell do when she finds out the truth?
Now that Rumple has the upper hand over The Snow Queen how will he use it?
What does he want with the hat?
How did The Snow Queen lose the box with the hat?
Whose house was the box found in?
Does The Snow Queen still have Ana?
How long as it been since Ana was captured?
What happened to make her take Emma and Elsa’s memories?
Does The Snow Queen really think these two will ever love or respect her enough to be a real family?
When did she take Emma’s memories?
Can Robin does as Regina asks of him?
Can he really un-love his true love?
When will Regina fall break from everything?
Who will notice and will they be in time to save her?
This episode introduced us to the Snow Queen and gave us a better idea of who we are now dealing with. It also gave us some hope for Robin Hood and Regina’s relationship. Henry and Regina set out on their own mission, mongoose, to help Regina get her happy ending. And Emma yet again showed us that she is terrified of ever getting what she really wants in life.
The episode starts with Marian getting to have ice cream for the first time, and most likely the last time, if this become her memory associated with the treat. The Snow Queen curses it and freezes Marian. Robin Hood is of course upset and devastated by this turn of events. He tries to wake her up with true love’s kiss, which Regina pointedly looks away from, but it doesn’t work. Everyone assumes it is because of the ice that produces a shield that causes the kiss not to be able to really work. But Robin Hood confesses to Regina later that he truly still loves Regina.
This revelation is fantastic and horrific for Regina. Yes, it is great that Regina knows that Robin Hood does truly love her. That his love didn’t disappear just because Marian came back into his life. That his love was true enough that it can’t be erased so easily. Robin Hood trusts Regina to remove Marian’s heart and keep it safe until they can find a way to wake her up again. Regina still means everything to Robin.
But Robin still has an obligation to his wife. Robin lives life by a code. He is not going to abandon a woman he once loved to fend for herself. He still holds some love for her it is just not a strong or as pure as his love for Regina. He is in a very upsetting position. He can’t and wont leave his wife but he loves Regina. This is what is horrible for Regina. She knows that he loves her and he cares about her but she can’t be with him. That is pain.
But now that Marian is literally on ice it begs the question what will happen between Regina and Robin. Robin is going to watch over and take care of Marian but he can’t rebuild his relationship with her right now. Instead of rebuilding his old life he is going to continue to build this new one. He is going to have to work with Regina and spend time with her trying to fix this problem. That is only going to continue to grow their love.
Robin is going to watch his life get even more complicated. He doesn’t want to leave his wife but his heart belongs to Regina now. And when she wakes up what will she find? Robin is going to have to make a true choice between the two of them and I think this situation is going to make his decision plain.
Though will Robin Hood make his decision and choose Regina before she finds the writer and changes the storybook? Regina didn’t hide anything from Henry and that is awesome. She isn’t going to go on this mission for a happy ending alone. Her son is more than willing to help her get what she deserves. She tells Henry everything and he completely agrees with her.
Henry knows that what is holding Regina back is how people see her. The book holds this image that people can’t erase. Henry knows the true Regina. His mother loves him and can be very caring. She deserves to be seen this way because that is who she really is. They set up mission mongoose to be their secret plan. Mother and son set out to give Regina the story she deserves.
Though how will changing Regina’s story truly affect her? Will she be changed in any manner? What about the people around her? Since everyone will view her differently how will that affect her and Robin’s relationship? He sees her for the good she holds inside. Will that change if everyone knows she is good and deserves to be happy? Is this really going to solve her problem? In the process of solving this problem will she create an even worse one?
Emma is another character that may have her happy ending waiting for her but is ruining the possibility of actually live that happy ending. Regina mentions that maybe the savior needs saving and that really hurts Emma. Emma wants to show that she can take care of herself and do what she needs to do alone. She doesn’t want to have justify herself to anyone and explain her mistakes. Making mistakes for Emma isn’t allowed. Emma beats herself up every time to the point she is losing faith in herself and in doing so she is pushing everyone away. She doesn’t want to have to lean on anyone.
She tells Hook that she is pulling away from him because everyone she cares about or loves has died. I was not surprised at all by this statement from her. Emma is scared to lose Hook. Emma is scared to be happy. She is scared that she can’t live up to the name, savior. She is scared if she lets people in then she can get hurt. Emma needs to realize that the heroes, that are the greatest ones, are the ones who use the helping hands that are stretched out to them. Fighting alone and never letting anyone in will only end in you bringing about your own destruction. She can’t give everyone a happy ending and deny herself that same right.
Emma and Charming discover that the Snow Queen is the one who is keeping up Elsa’s ice wall. She was the one who was imprisoned in the urn before Elsa was. She also says that she is Elsa and Ana’s mother’s sister. Though I am having my doubts about that story. Mostly because this woman seems to be someone who takes on the role that is needed. She is someone who can switch masks without too much thought. She is who she needs to be to get what she wants.
The Snow Queen from the original story is just like this. She is cold and manipulating. She has no cares about anyone else around her. We do not know who this woman really is. She is someone who doesn’t let the world ever see her real self. She keeps her secrets and who she is close to her chest. I do not think anyone has ever broken through her shell of protection that she keeps up around her.
You would think she would want to work with Rumple but she denies him. Few people deny Rumple’s help. This action begs the question why does she not accept his deals? Because she believes she is more powerful then him? Or more likely she does not need help. The Snow Queen is strong and independent. She will manipulate and scheme to get what she wants. Whatever she has planned is to benefit herself and herself alone. She will manipulate whoever she needs to manipulate and she will keep that same expressionless look on her face the whole time. For a villain she is going to the harshest and the most intense we have seen to date on this show I think.
“Magic can change forms but never be destroyed.”- Rumple- What does this mean for the person who holds the magic? Do they somehow live on if their magic lives on?
“Anti-Savior.”- Emma – Emma has made a few blunders and all of a sudden she doesn’t think she can do anything right anymore. Emma has very little confidence in herself. She needs to let her family, friends and Hook in to help her build her confidence.
“Some memories are too painful,” – Snow Queen – She tells this to Elsa and tells her that Ana imprisoned her. But what memories is the Snow Queen herself hiding from? How does Emma know her and what does that mean?
“One thing I’m good at is surviving,” _-Hook- Hook isn’t going to let Emma just walk away and hide from him. She has to see that he loves her and that they can take on the world together if she lets him in.
How long will Marian be frozen?
Will that time be enough for Robin to decide he needs to be with Regina?
How will Henry and Regina changing the book affect everything and everyone else?
When will Emma let others help her?
Will Emma ever see that she can’t do it all?
Is the Snow Queen really Elsa and Ana’s mother’s sister?
How did the Snow Queen end up in the urn?
How did Elsa end up in the urn?
Did the Snow Queen put her there?
Why doesn’t Elsa remember anything?
What is the Snow Queen after?
– How does she know Emma?
– Were they friends at one time?
– Know her from before she found Storybook?