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Armor is No Longer Needed – Once Upon a Time Review (5×20) (Spoilers)

520Promo3Almost all of our group made it out of The Underworld on this week’s episode. Hades also left but not without a bit of manipulation. Emma had to make the tough decision to leave Hook behind.

The episode opened with Hades going to our group to ask for help. Rumple and Pan have Zelena and he needs them to help him get her back. They agree but only if Hades allows them to leave The Underworld. He promises to remove their names from the tombstones.

The showdown between Rumple and Pan and Hades and our group is a quick one. Hades rips up the contract for Rumple and Emma keeps Pan from taking Zelena’s heart. It all happened quickly and left me wondering how things were going to fall apart. Rumple got what he wanted. Pan was abandoned, still without a way to get back to the mortal world.

The most important part of that scene was how surprised Zelena was that Hades ripped up the contract without hesitation. He didn’t try to trick or fight Rumple. He ripped it up in front of him and that was it. He tells Zelena that he will do anything for her. He ends up kissing her and it is the kiss of true love. Hades’s heart restarts and he is now able to leave The Underworld.

Hades’s heart has restarted but he has not changed. I thought this moment would be a bit more dramatic. I thought it would involve him feeling again and being overwhelmed by his choices and his emotions. But he isn’t. He is still Hades.

I don’t know if he hasn’t had time to truly go through his new emotions or not or if this is just who he is as a person. Hades tells the group they can now leave but he sets it up so that they almost do not make it. He uses Cruella and the Blind Witch to trap most of the group in the library. He also has cut down the ambrosia tree, the only thing that can get Hook back to the mortal world.

Hades is not a new man. Hades is still selfish. He still only cares those close to him and his own life. He wants to get back to Storybrooke for Zelena. He wants to give her everything he thinks she has lost over her lifetime. Hades is still willing to hurt others to get what he wants.

images-2Zelena still thinks she can change him. She believes he can be a new man. But so far it is looking like that is going to be nothing but a dream. I do believe Hades loves Zelena but I am not sure that is going to be enough to change him. I think it will come down to why he got cursed in the first place. In the end, I would not be surprised if Zelena has to choose between Hades and Regina.

The main part of this episode surrounded Emma and her attempts to save Hook again. They learn that Hook has been dead too long for him and Emma to be able to share a heart. The only way to get Hook out of The Underworld is with ambrosia. They go down to the tree only to find that it has been destroyed. There is no way to save Hook now. (Or so it seems. I refuse to believe Hook is gone for good until he actually crosses over. I will be in full denial even after that most likely).

In the past parts of this episode we see Emma on the run. She gets caught while she is seeking answers about her past. She ends up forming a connection with the bail-bonds woman who catches her, Cleo.

Cleo is the one who teaches Emma that she needs to find some emotional armor for herself. Emma is obsessing about her past. She is desperate for any reason why she was orphaned. She cannot think about anything else and it is destroying her. She makes mistakes that get her in trouble and she is not living any sort of real life for herself. All she can think about is her past.

Cleo teaches her to let the past go. She needs to move on. She needs to become less emotional. She lets her emotions rule her actions too often. This is the point where Emma begins to push away the world. She is done trying to find someone to care about her. She needs to find a way to begin her life and to not let her emotions of anger and sorrow rule her life.

At that point in time that all made sense. She had no purpose in life at that point. All she could think about and do was search for her past. She had no parents and no one on her side. She was lost and she needed to find a way to focus herself on a new life. She could only do that by losing the emotional side of herself.

Now, life is different. Emma has a life. She has parents who love her and who she has forgiven for the past. She has a son she will do anything for. She loves Hook and she now shows the world how she feels. She is no longer hiding. This episode solidified that she has made that transition. She no longer is afraid to get close to someone. She is no longer scared to let others see her vulnerable.

She had to leave Hook behind but I do not think this will completely break her. Hook made her promise not to put her armor back up. He wants her to be able to live her life fully and I think she is on the path to do that. Though knowing this show something horrific will happen and derail all of that.

That horrific event very possibly could be Henry’s death. Someone is dying next episode if the trailer is any indication. Many think Robin Hood, which is possible, but I am leaning towards Henry at the moment. The only reason I am is because he left the Storybook behind. Henry’s defining object is that book. His story always revolves around it, especially now that he is the author. It makes he wonder why he left it. He could have left the pages with the stories of the residents of The Underworld behind without leaving the whole book. I know there are other books in the Apprentice’s house but something seemed ominous about him leaving that book in The Underworld. I don’t know if this show would go that far but we will find out soon enough.

Quotes:
“When will you believe that I’ll do anything for you,” – Hades- This is an important statement to make. He will do ANYTHING and I believe that includes killing others.

“Not Hell and not the devil,” – Zelena- I like that this distinction was made. Maybe now The Underworld can go back to being the in-between place it was meant to be. It is not meant to be a dark place, just a stopping point before moving on permanently.

“You’re holding on too tight,” – Cleo- She tells this to Emma. She wants Emma to understand that all she can see is her past. It is time she saw that there is more to her life.

Questions:
What is Hades’s plan for Storybrooke?
What will Hades’s do when he learns the group escaped?
Will Zelena be forced to choose between Hades and her sister?
Can Hades be changed at all?
What is Hades backstory?
Will we meet Zesus?
Is Hook really stuck in The Underworld?
Who is the funeral for in the promo?
What will happen to Belle while stuck in Pandora’s box?

Don’t Be Afraid Of Love – Once Upon a Time – 5×16 (Spoilers)

images-9We learned a few things about the supposed villains of this half of the season. Hades wants love and to have his heart beat again. While Zelena is finding that loving someone requires you to open yourself up and sometimes requires sacrifice. This episode showed us that yet again all these characters truly want is to love and be loved in return.

The episode started with Dorthy stopping Zelena from taking the Scarecrow’s brain, which Zelena needed for the time travel spell. Dorthy tells Zelena that she can never win because, unlike Dorthy, the people will never love her. Zelena can never have the respect that Dorthy has and no one will ever fight for her.

Hades shows up to help Zelena get what she wants and hopefully use the spell himself. We learn that Zesus stopped Hades’s heart and made it so he can’t love or feel joy. All he can feel is anger and the need for revenge. The only way his heart can restart is with a kiss of true love.

It doesn’t take long for Hades to fall in love with Zelena. He tells her that he no longer cares about the spell, he just wants to be with her. Zelena does not believe him. As Dorthy stated, no one can love her and she firmly believes that. She thinks that Hades is manipulating her in order to get the spell and use it for himself. But Hades is adamant that, that is not the truth. He just wants to be with her.

It is not surprising that Zelena is unable to believe him. Zelena was abandoned by her mother. She feels as if no one can ever love her. She has never had anyone on her side or fight for her. So it is natural for her to reject Hades’s advances. She firmly believes that no one can love her. Her heart beats but it is hardened against any true feelings. She can not open herself to anyone because that would leave her vulnerable and that is unacceptable to her.

Zelena sees the world this way until she had her daughter. In this episode, we see the extent of her love for her daughter. She tries to take her from Storybrooke and then runs off with her in order to keep the group from getting her. She has opened her heart to this baby. Her daughter is what matters to her and nothing else.But what Zelena realizes is that sometimes no matter how much you want to protect someone you are not always the best option. She uses her magic to repel the group and in the process hurts her daughter.

Zelena becomes terrified of what she has done and thinks that she can not truly protect her daughter. She makes a tough decision at this point and that is to let Robin, Regina, and the others protect the baby. She is able to see that the best option for her is to not be with her.

Zelena is no longer the cold manipulative person we have seen for so long. She can love. She can care. She is much like Maleficent from last season. Her child is what matters to her now. She will get her back and have the happy life she wants though the lengths she will go to get that end could be disastrous for everyone else.

Hades reveals that he has never given up on Zelena. He loves her, even after all the time that passed. We learn that the reason that The Underworld looks like Storybrooke is because Hades made it for Zelena. He wanted to give her what Regina had.

images-10Zelena refuses Hades advances. She tells him that she does not need him, she can get her daughter and everything she wants herself. Hades acknowledges that she is right. He knows she does not need him. He steps away from her and tells her to come to him when she wants him. This is an important point. Zelena does not need anyone to help her but she needs to give into her wants. She needs to open her arms and heart to Hades and let him love her. She is not unlovable and she needs to learn that before she makes a mistake she can’t go back from.

The other important moment of this episode happened between Rumple and Belle. Belle ends up in The Underworld and runs into Rumple. She learns she is pregnant, the deal Rumple made about their unborn child and that he is The Dark One again.

Belle is understandably angry with Rumple but Rumple isn’t upset by her anger. He is resolute and sure of himself. Rumple tells Belle that this is the man he is now. He will not change. Belle wants to see two separate people, the beast, and the man. What Rumple reveals is that he is both the beast and the man. That is all there is to him. He needs Belle to understand that.

Rumple is not going to change, we know who he is now. He has accepted the man he is and that is all there is to it. He still loves Belle and will love their child. But he needs power in his life, he needs that control that comes with power. That is the man Rumple is. He has finally figured that out.

Belle now has to decide if she can live with that. She can’t change him. She needs to accept the beast and the man or she needs to walk away for good.

Quotes:
“If you want me to be a different man, I’m sorry, this is who I am,” – Rumple- This sums it up well. This is Rumple, for better or worse, and Belle has to come to terms with that.

“Thing about true love, it endures and can’t be broken,” – Hades- We have seen his countless times in this series. Hades learned this and learned that he can love and it might be the way our group is saved from The Underworld.

Questions:
What is Zelena’s plan now?
Has Hades’s plans changed at all?
If Zelena accepts Hades will he let everyone go and forget his anger?
What else is Hades up to?
Will we meet Zesus?
Will we learn why he stopped Hades’s heart?
Will Zelena get some way of having custody of her daughter?
Will Zelena’s daughter continue to change her?
Will love change The Undeworld, change it into some kind of neutral purgatory?
Will Belle leave Rumple for good?
How will the group fight Hades?
What will Henry write next?
Can the quill come back with Henry?

How does magic work exactly in this place?

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