This episode centered on the importance of family and the strength of that bond. It also again explored the idea that revenge does nothing but breed hate and anger. We also got a better idea of what The Evil Queen is after; though it fees like we are spinning our wheels on her storyline right now.
The episode opened in the past with Hook being taken onto Captain Nemo’s ship. He is taken specifically because Nemo wants to save Hook. He knows about Hook’s past and he tries to explain to him that getting revenge does not help. He explains that he did what Hook is trying to do and all is left him with was hate and anger. He does not want Hook to suffer like he has.
Hook tells him that he can’t give up when the one he wants is so close. At that time Hook is centered on getting his revenge and that is all. He is counting on the act of revenge relieving some of the pain he is constantly feeling. Nemo explains that it won’t help, not how Hook wants it to.
What Nemo tries to explain is that what Hook needs is a family. He needs people to care about and that care about him. Nemo is constantly emphasizing the importance of family. He finds the key to The Land of Untold Stories, in order to give them a home. He wants everyone to have fresh start, which at that point is not something Hook wants.
In the present it is a completely different story. Hook has found love with Emma and somewhat of a family in the rest of the group.
The conflict in this episode is between Hook and Henry. Henry is not warming to the idea of Hook moving in and the idea that he may one day become Henry’s step-father. He lets The Evil Queen plant the idea that Hook will hurt Emma and hurt their family. She helps him find the shears and he instantly thinks that Hook is out to take away what is special about Emma. He becomes resentful and angry towards Hook.
Now, I really did not like the way this story was told. Never has Henry acted like he has a problem with Hook and Emma. When Emma was The Dark One he helped Hook find a house for them, he held him find a way to connect with Emma and give her a future. Henry was just sparring and spending time with Hook an episode ago. Now all of a sudden he is resentful and not trusting of Hook. Where did that come from?
I know that maybe all of a sudden Henry is thinking about the idea of Hook being his step-father but it is not like Hook is trying to force a relationship between them. He is acting like he always has, and they have always had a friendly, easygoing bond. I feel like this was put in in order to tell this story with Nemo. I did not like the way Henry took such a turn in his character.
Also Henry would never let The Evil Queen influence how he thinks and sees people. He knows that she is not to be trusted. As soon as she showed him the shears he should have thought about what she was trying to do. He should have gone to Hook and asked him about it. He should know by now that The Evil Queen just wants to cause trouble. This episode seemed to make Henry very dumb.
Near the end of The Evil Queen tells Rumple what she really wants. For a few episodes she has been trying to tear apart the group but has begun to see that is not as easy as she wanted. She wanted them to destroy themselves but it is not happening.
We learn that what she really wants is Snow White, which should not be a surprise to anyone. This has been her storyline for the whole series. She wants revenge for what happened to Daniel. I am curious how they are going to use this, because right now it is a pretty stale storyline. We have see her try to take out Snow White a number of times before. How exactly will this be different then before? Will it involve Regina having to make a choice between herself and Snow? I am hoping this deepens the character in some manner.
“Nothing you do will ever tear this family apart,” – Snow White- Our group has been through quite a lot together. They are not people you can break apart with a few whispered words or tricks.
“You don’t need allies when you win,” – The Evil Queen – That’s not actually true. No one can rule alone. The biggest fear of dictators is that the people will rebel, that someone will take them out because they are too weak on their own. You can only live behind a facade for so long before those who oppose you get together and take you out. You need someone on your side or you will lose eventually. The Evil Queen needs at least one person on her side or else she is going to be defeated fast.
What happened to Agrabah?
How will the Agrabah story and the Evil Queen story intersect?
Can Aladdin become The Savior again?
Does Emma want to be The Savior anymore?
Would she give it up if she actually had a choice?
Who was the person in the hood?
How will The Evil Queen go after Snow White? How will they make that a fresh storyline?
How will Regina deal with The Evil Queen? Will Regina have to sacrifice herself?
What happened to Charming’s dad? Does Emma really have to die?
What will Rumple do with the shears?
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?