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Song in Your Heart – Once Upon a Time – Review

1200x630bbThis was the long anticipated musical episode as well as Hook and Emma’s wedding. I was hesitant about the whole musical idea. It can either go really well or really wrong. I think this one fell in the middle. I liked the songs but the story was just too Disneyeque for this show. Some of the plot points actually made me laugh out loud.

The episode started with us in the past. Snow is desperate to find a way to save her unborn daughter from the curse. She desperately makes a wish on a star, praying that her daughter can get her happy ending. The next morning the whole kingdom finds themselves signing.

At first they are confused and scared but then the number hits its crescendo and they figure out that they can do anything with love. Their whole song is about the power of love and the power of music and songs. They have this new feeling of determination and power in their souls.

Back in the current timeline Snow gives Emma her wedding dress only for The Black Fairy to show up and reveal she is still alive. She gives Emma one more chance to turn over her heart and to surrender. Emma refuses. The Black Fairy promises that she will regret that choice.

The gang goes to the clock tower where they find the plan that The Black Fairy has set in motion. At 6, right after Hook and Emma get married, a dark curse will be unleashed. This curse will separate Emma from the people she cares about. The Black Fairy assumes that this will make Emma vulnerable and make it so she can’t fight.

The Black Fairy is trying to play on Emma’s insecurities, particularly her fear of being alone. Being an orphan made Emma think she wasn’t wanted for much of her life. Throughout the series we have seen her grow and realize that she is not alone. She has her parents, Henry, Regina and Hook. Emma will never be alone again.

For a moment though Emma is scared. She resolves to fight The Black Fairy and end the battle once and for all. She faces her enemy and gives up her heart. This is the point where the past storyline and the current one connect.

Once-Upon-a-Time-6x20-The-Song-in-Your-Heart-Blue-Fairy-puts-everyones-song-in-Emmas-heart-720x409In the past the singing spell gave Snow and Charming enough confidence to fight for their daughter and their kingdom. They face Regina in a strange singing dance battle. In the end Regina is able to reverse the spell.

Snow and Charming find that they lose their drive when they can no longer sing. The Blue Fairy comes to them and tells them that the song in their hearts never leaves. That this song will always be with Emma. They have to forget this moment in order for Emma to find that song again when she needs it the most.

This was the part that had me giggling. This was so Disney it was a bit ridiculous. Emma’s heart can’t be destroyed because she has the song of her parents and family inside of it. The song in her heart is what saves her in the end from The Black Fairy, this time. She literally sings her way out of the issue.

Emma learns that she is never alone. She will always have her loved ones in her heart, no matter what else is going on. She can take on The Black Fairy because of this love. Even as the wedding ends and we see the new curse taking over, Emma is confident she can defeat this evil and be back with her family.

The season finale is Sunday. It will be a two part episode and will also be Jennifer Morrison’s last episode. She is leaving the show, which means no more Emma. I am have no idea how they are going to continue the show without her. It has been picked up for a Season 7. I am not sure how they are going to continue the story but I am interested to see. Mostly because I feel like they have hit their creative wall and it can either go well and breathe new life into the show or it will be the ultimate end and kill it. We shall see.

 

Quotes:
“Cause love expressed through song is a weapon that the queen has never seen.” – Snow – This was the point of this episode. Somehow signing about their love and dedication to their family made them more powerful. I am not entirely sure how but it was the string that kept this episode together.

 

Questions:
Where will Emma end up?

Will Emma live through the final battle?

Will The Black Fairy be defeated?

How will the last episode set up the coming new season?

Will it feel like a series finale?

What will the show be like without Emma?

 

“You Used Your Magic for Good that is What Makes You Good.” – Once Upon a Time (6×18) (Review)

hqdefaultThis 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.

1200We 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.

Quotes:

“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.

Questions:

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?

 

You Will Not Be Alone – Once Upon a Time 6×17 (Review) (Spoilers)

617WeCantAskUsThe final battle is coming quick. This episode wrapped up the loose strings so that the rest of the season can focus on this fight. Hook has found his way home. Emma and Hook have fixed their relationship and Hook has also fixed his relationship with her parents. Snow and Charming were woken up and everyone is ready to fight with Emma.

The main part of this episode focused on waking up Snow and Charming. They are both still under the sleeping curse and Regina was having trouble finding a way to wake them up. She comes up with an idea but she is not sure it will work.

Snow is adamant they try it because she does not want Emma to have to face the final battle alone. That was the theme of this episode; not fighting alone. Emma keeps trying to tell her parents that it is okay, that she can handle herself; but no one will hear of it. Snow and Charming still feel guilty for not being around most her life and they will do anything they can to save Emma.

Regina’s plan ends up backfiring. Instead of removing the sleeping curse from the shared hearts it triggers a failsafe plan. They have until the end of the day to find a way to wake up both Charming and Snow or else they will both end up asleep forever.

While the group is trying to find a solution to the problem we get to see a moment from the past that I found interesting. In the previews last week I thought this week was going to be another version of trying to keep Emma from being The Savior. I was not thrilled with the idea. We have seen it a number of different ways at this point. We know that Emma HAS to be The Savior, period.

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What the past portion of this episode showed up was that Snow and Charming had the opportunity to find Emma. Snow found a pixie dust flower that woke up Charming. When Charming woke up he remembered that he was from the Enchanted Forest and was able to wake Snow up from the spell as well.

They were excited to be out of the curse and were intent on finding their daughter. They went to Rumple to see if he had a way of finding her. Once Rumple woke up though he was not for the idea of running off after Emma.

He told them that it was too early for them to find Emma. Emma had to be 28 in order to break the curse for everyone else. If they went and found her at that point, she would never become The Savior and never be able to wake everyone else up. The pair was faced with a choice; reunite their family at everyone else’s expense and or go back under the curse and wait until Emma found them and saved everyone.

In the end we know that they chose to let Emma live her life and find them. They knew that they could not sacrifice everyone else’s life and well-being for their own happiness. Other lives were at stake and they needed to help them, and to do that they had to let their daughter find her own way.

The episode ends with the whole town coming together and taking a piece of the sleeping curse into themselves. (I am not entirely sure I understood how this worked but I am just going to go with it). By everyone taking a small piece of the curse they were able to dilute the curse enough to wake up Charming and Snow. Now they can all fight the final battle together.

This moment felt like it setting up a final ending for this series. I know the fate of Once Upon a Time is still up in the air (as of this posting). I have also read that if it gets renewed there could be a major cast shake up with also major story shake ups. This episode felt like a tying together of stories and preparing for everyone to come together to fight this final evil. I would love to see the whole town fight together and it not be just Emma. This series has always been about a number of characters lives and stories and I would love to see it end that way as well.

Quotes:

“I practically invented dark magic.” – Black Fairy- I wonder how much of The Black Fairies past we will see. Will we see how she became who she was? Or how she fell so far into the darkness? I think that could be interesting.

“Because it needed to.” – Emma- She says this after she finds the one pixie flower that survived The Black Fairies destruction. This is a statement of faith and belief, a statement that past Emma would never had made. She has much more belief in fate and destiny now then she ever did before.

Questions:

Will Rumple tell everyone that The Black Fairy has Gideon’s heart?

Who will fight the final battle?

What happens when the book ends?

Will anyone die?

What does The Black Fairy want exactly?

 

What Rumple Really Cares About – Once Upon a Time Review (6×13) (Spoilers)

Once-Upon-a-Time-6x13-Ill-Boding-Patterns-Rumplestiltskin-and-young-Baelfire-720x480Rumple 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.

145552_1093The 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.

Quotes:

“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.

 

Questions:

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?

 

 

 

Sometimes You Have to Let Go of What You Once Thought – Once upon a Time (6×12)Review

Once-Upon-a-Time-6x12-Murder-Most-Foul-David-in-the-docks-720x480You 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.

Once Upon a Time - Episode 6.12 - Murder Most FoulRegina 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?

Quotes:

“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?

Questions:

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?

 

 

Belief is the First Step – Once Upon a Time Season 6 MidSeason Premiere

wikia-253x189Once 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.

Once-Time-midseason-1-adjustIn 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.

Quotes:
“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.

Questions:
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?

You Fight When it Matters – Once Upon a Time – Winter Finale

once-upon-a-time-6x10-wish-you-were-here-emma-and-regina-in-the-wish-realm-720x409The 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 once-upon-a-time-6x10-promo-wish-you-were-hereto 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?

Quotes:

“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.

Questions:

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?

 

What has Rumple done? – Once Upon a Time – (Review)

rumbelle4-ouat-6x4Rumple has officially screwed everything up. In my opinion there is no hope left for this man. He has made some terrible decisions in the past but now he has made the worst one he could ever make. Like everyone else in the show I am done with him.

There was two main storylines with Rumple in this episode. One (the past) was supposed to create some sympathy for Rumple and maybe give a bit of light to the reason for his actions. For me it didn’t do that, I still blame Rumple for his actions. He has made poor choices for too long.

Rumple starts the episode by sending a threat to the group. He uses a dust to age a fairy. It is his way of saying, this is what I will do to Belle if she does not come to me williningly. He wants to speed up Belle’s pregnancy in order to get his hands on his son before Belle can find a way to save him.

Rumple doesn’t actually use the dust on Belle, it is The Evil Queen who does it. But this does not redeem him in my eyes. He was going to do it, allowed it to become an option. He still wants to force a life on his child. He still threatened Belle. Rumple has had a thousand chances for redemption. He has given been given second chance after second chance. He does not deserve any more.

People can change but they have to want to change. Rumple doesn’t want to change. He expects the rest of the world to change around and for him. When someone refuses to fall under his pressure he forces them to do what he wants.

Rumple is not a good man. I get he has had a crappy past, but again it is about how he has responded. He didn’t want to work to show his courage so he became The Dark One, losing his son in the process. Rumple is someone who wants a simple solution to everything. He refuses to work for anything.

The past portions of this episode revealed who Rumple’s mother is. She is The Black Fairy,once-upon-a-time-6x09-changelings-rumplestiltskin-talks-to-belle-720x480 someone who let darkness consume her (like mother, like son). She abandoned him, not even caring enough to give him a name. He wants to know why but she doesn’t give him an answer.

Again, we know that Rumple’s past has not been easy. He has had to fight against a lot but he doesn’t actually fight anymore. He gave up a long time ago. Belle has tried to help him, to help him start over but he doesn’t want to. Rumple is too set in his ways and his anger, to let anything good come into his life.

Belle is forced to send her child off with The Blue Fairy to save him from Rumple. She will not let him destroy their son’s life. She has tried for so long to change Rumple, to fix the mess they are in, but she can’t do it alone. She shouldn’t have to do it alone either. Rumple needs to do some work too but he refuses.

Rumple needs to decide what his priorities in life are. Who does he care about? What does he want? If the answers are himself and power, he will never see his son again. Rumple needs to start fighting for the good or lose everything.

Quotes:
“It’s never too late to be a hero.” – Snow- Is this true? Could Rumple ever redeem himself enough to be considered a hero? Or has he made too many poor choices in his life?

“I think I’m a man no one can love.” – Rumple – This isn’t true. He can be loved, he just won’t let himself be loved. He has to let someone in or else this will actually become true.

“Sometimes you have to choose power over love.” – Black Fairy- Rumple did this. If he could let go of his obsession with power, he could have the family he always wanted.

Questions:
Where is Belle and Rumple’s son?
Will we see him again?
What will Rumple do now?
How will he attempt to find the boy?
Can Zelena and Regina ever fix their issues?
What will happen now that Aladdin is the genie?
What is the sword in Emma’s vision?
Who is under the hood?
What happened to the people for The Land of Untold Stories?
Are we going to get to see more of them? Or are we done with them?

Do Saviors Really Have to Die? (Once Upon a Time 6×05)

once-upon-a-time-6x05-street-rats-emma-savior-shakes-720x480This episode gave us Aladdin and Jasmine’s story. It also saw Emma finally come clean to everyone about her visions. As predicated everyone freaks out about it and Emma promises to not hide anything anymore. I doubt this will happen because everyone in this show loves to hide things. What this episode was really for was the focus on the question of whether a Savior has to really die in the end or not.

I was a bit disappointed with the way Aladdin and Jasmine’s story was reimagined. Aladdin is a thief who Jasmine goes to to help defeat Jafar. They go to The Cave of Wonders to find The Diamond in the Rough and make Aladdin The Savior. He takes the diamond and is given magic. He then uses it to save Jasmine and her father.

This is the basic story we all know pretty well. There is not much more added to it other than the Savior piece. Instead of a genie Aladdin gets to wield magic for himself. The rest of this was pretty much the same. I was a bit disappointed just because this show is usually pretty good at reimagining the story. It usually deepens a story or twists it in some manner. This one just felt like copying, but they did hint there was more so maybe it will get better.

The main aspect of this episode was the focus on the question of does a Savior have to die? It concentrated on what makes a Savior and what ultimately becomes of them.

Emma is desperate to find Aladdin because she is positive that if she finds him alive that means a Savior can live. It gives her hope that she does not have to die because she is The Savior. She wants someone to tell her that her destiny is not death.

I have an issue with this concept of The Savior being destined to die. First I’ll start with this vision. Emma’s vision is her getting stabbed. Now, nowhere does it show her actually dying. We know that just because someone gets stabbed in this show doesn’t mean they die. Also visions are a problem.

Visions only become true because people act on them, just like prophecies. If you never see the vision or hear a prophecy would what is shown come true? Most likely not. It happens because you are actively trying to prevent it and inadvertently make it come about.

Like in Harry Potter, if Voldermort had ignored the prophecy and hadn’t tried to kill Harry he would never have created the one person who would kill him. He could have taken over and been immortal. But because he had to kill what he thought was a threat, he created that threat. Most of the time the visions and prophecies become self-fullfilling.

If Emma just ignores the vision and continues to live her life would the vision happen? We don’t know it wouldn’t for sure but she could very well be making it come around by trying to make it not happen. The oracle said her destiny is death, but never stated that, that moment was her true death.

My other issue comes with this saying that keeps popping up that Saviors are destined to die. The problem I have with this is that the people who keep pointing this out are the villians. They are the people who want the Saviors to die and fall. They need them out of the way so they keep getting into their heads.

No one who is on the good side has said this phrase (as far as I can remember). Emma hears it once and figures it has to be true. Sure it makes some sense, Saviors are in danger more because they are always helping people but that doesn’t mean they have to die. The people telling her this are the people that want her gone. They are messing with her head and she is letting them.

Emma is going to doom herself is she keeps focusing on this saying and thought process. She needs to push it aside and live her life. She can’t be scared to fight and save those she loves. She needs to just live on and take what happens as it happens. Hell, for all we know this visions could be planted by some magic. No one knows where it comes from so how can we trust it to be true?
144613_2557-900x600The other major part of this episode was about Zelelna. She sits down with The Evil Queen and ends up confessing that she is afraid of what her daughter is going to think of her. She wants her daughter to look up to her. She is afraid she may lose her daughterr with her actions.

The Evil Queen tells Zelena that she just has to be truthful to her daughter. She needs to not hide who she is and then her daughter will admire her for it. Which may be true in some form but Zelena is not seeing what The Evil Queen is doing to her. She is being manipulated.

The Evil Queen needs Zelena. She needs her power and she needs her not with Regina. She doesn’t actually care about her. She doesn’t want to form some bond with her. She just doesn’t want her on the opposite side. She only gives her these speeches to make sure she stays on her side.

Zelena is going to wake up soon and see she is being used and she is going to be all alone. She is going to push away Regina and in consequence the rest of the group. The Evil Queen will discard her when she is done with her. All she will have left is her daughter and that is it. In the end Zelena is going to end up broken and alone if she continues on this path.

Quotes:
“You don’t have to live in anyone’s shadow,” – Archie – He tells this to Zelena. Zelena is always trying to fit herself into other people’s expectations. She needs to figure out what she wants and how she wants her life to be for her and her alone.

Questions:
Will Hook use the shears to save Emma?
Is Emma’s visions true?
Who is the hooded figure?
Is being The Savior really a death sentence?
Will Jafar show up and become a main villain?
Can Aladdin become a Savior again?
Does being The Savior have to be a destined thing or can it be anyone?
What does The Evil Queen want from Zelena?
When will Zelena see she is being used?
What will happen when Zelena loses everything?
When will the group find Archie?

Fear Can’t Be In Control -(Once Upon a Time Review)

603promo10This was a bit of a throwback episode. We got to finally see more of a few characters that we met in the first season. We briefly saw Dr. Frankenstein again and Emma had to remember how she used to be able to help people before she had magic. Though the main part of the episode was about Cinderella and helping her finish her story.

Much of the beginning of the episode was about the start of Cinderella’s story. We saw her get the invitation to the ball, we saw her attend the ball and fall in love with the prince, then run off leaving her shoe behind. Then the story starts to deviate from the one we know.

In present day Storybrooke Emma, Hook and Henry learn that Ashely (Cinderella) has run off with her husband’s shot gun. Everyone thinks she is after her stepsister who has come over from The Land of Lost Stories.

Turns out that Cinderella is out to stop their stepmother. Clorinda, one of the stepsisters, is not evil. She was acting the whole time because she had a secret that she was keeping from her mother. She was in love with the footman of the prince and she wanted to run away with him. She knew her mother would never approve and she knew she had to keep up an appearance in order not to raise suspicion form their mother.

Cinderella is ready to help her sister but is stopped when her stepmother threatens her happiness. She ends up telling her where Clorinda and her love are. In the end her stepmother and Clorinda end up in The Land of Lost Stories. There her stepmother plans to wait until she can have the fame and fortune she thinks she deserves.

Back in Storybrooke, Ashely has found her sister and stepmother. Her sister learns that she was trying to help and they both stand up to her stepmother. Their stepmother does not care, she is prepared to kill them both. In the end she stabs Ashley. Emma races in just in time to save her.

While this episode finally gave us more of Cinderella’s story it was more about Emma and her work to overcome what her vision keeps showing her. Emma is terrified of her vision, to the point where her magic no longer works. She has no control and she is letting her fear hold her back.

once-upon-a-time-saison-6-episode-3-episode-1-700x264Archie realizes this and tries to explain to Emma that if she keeps letting this possibility control her she is going to lose everything. She is so afraid of what could happen that she is going to let nothing happen. Her magic isn’t working properly and she is not taking the steps forward in her relationship with Hook. She is becoming stuck.

Fear can do this. Fear is a paralyzing force that keeps things from going anywhere. A lot of the time the fear of something happening is worse than the event actually taking place. It becomes a barrier that surrounds the person and suddenly you are a prisoner in your own life. Fear can be controlling and throughout much of this episode it is controlling Emma.

Yes, maybe Emma will die in that battle. Then again maybe she won’t. Maybe that is not when she has to die. None of that matters ultimately though. No matter what the ending,  she has to live her life until that point. She can’t let everyone down and she can’t push them all away. If she does, she is going to hope for that end because she will have nothing left.

In this episode Emma is reminded that she used to be able to help people before she had magic. Magic does not make her the Savior. Magic is just a tool she uses. She used to help and save people before magic returned to Storybrooke. Emma has to remember that she has power and worth. She has always had strength and she can’t lose it all now.

What Emma really need to do is to tell everyone around her what is going on. This is one of Emma’s major faults, she never asks for help. She is always so determined to fix things herself. She can’t do everything alone. I thought after the whole Dark One thing she would have learned that lesson but apparently not so much.

Emma cannot take care of this all by herself. She needs her parents, Henry, Hook and Regina. They have proven to be her help and support system for so long. She needs to trust them and let them help her. Emma is never going to be able to live her happy ending if she is always refusing to ask for help. This will all destroy her if she is not careful.

Quotes:
“Maybe it’s not how you end things but how you live them,” – Archie- Archie tells this to Emma at one of their meetings. Emma’s vision tells her that in the end she may die. But that is the end for everyone. You can’t concentrate on all of that, you have to live the life that you have. No one truly remembers the end, they remember how you lived and Emma needs to remember that.

“Hard to stay one step ahead of yourself,” – Hyde- Hyde tells this to Regina. This is an interesting dilemma in the battle between Regina and The Evil Queen. They both think alike, they are the same person after all. Regina literally has to outthink herself, which will be interesting to watch.

Questions:
What is The Evil Queen’s ultimate plan?
Doe she want to rule everyone?
Does she want everyone dead and gone?
If she wants them all dead then who will she rule?
Doe she actually want to rule or does she just want everyone to suffer?
Who killed Charming father?
How far will Charming go to get revenge against that killer?
What is the next story that we will see?
When will emma tell everyone about her vision?
How will everyone react?
Will it cause a rift between her and Hook?
Will Rumple be able to get close to Belle again?
Will Zelena betray Regina?

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