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“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 Can’t Run from the Future- Once Upon a Time- Season 6 Premiere -Review (Spoilers)

hqdefaultOnce Upon a Time is back! For those who have no idea what this show is about, a quick summary. Once Upon a Time is about the lives, trials and fights of fairy tale characters. They were brought into our world by a curse from the first season and the show is about how they keep trying to establish a life and fight to keep the life they have intact. This season brings us new characters like Aladdin and Jafar as well as the Count of Monte Cristo. If you have not caught up with the show there will be spoilers ahead for not only the premiere but for the series.

This episode, as most premier episodes do, set up a lot of the pieces for the coming season. Emma got a glimpse of her future and it is not good. Rumple woke up Belle but she still wants nothing to do with him. Regina comes to terms with Robin’s death and what that means for her story going forward. Zelena gets a visit from The Evil Queen and realizes that they may have something in common. And the refugees from The Land of Untold Stories have been welcomed into Storybrooke.

Last season we were introduced to The Land of Untold Stories. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. The idea I had was that it was more of the idea that these were characters who had their own stories but no real land to belong to. They were one and gone stories and not part of a bigger land like Oz or Neverland. Turns out that isn’t quite it.

Regina mentions that The Land of Untold Stories is a land where you can run from your story. I love that idea. The idea that these characters are all people who have run away from their own stories is interesting. They either don’t like the ending or don’t like the way it was going so they leave. Once you leave your story, then what? Can anything happen? Or are you safe and just kind of stuck in a limbo? What happens when you leave that land does your story move forward again? I wonder how this will be used and who we get to meet that has run from their story.

ouatI have a feeling the concept of this land will come into major play with Emma this season. The episode started with Emma having a vision. We see her fighting a cloaked figure. She has the vision and then starts to shake. Emma does the one thing that drives me insane, she doesn’t tell anyone. Hook asks her right out what is wrong and she pushes him away and I wanted to smack her. Keeping this a secret is a horrible idea.

Emma goes off on her own to find out what the vision means. She meets an oracle that tells her that she may not want to know, it a vision of the future. She insists and sees the full thing, it is her death. The oracle tells her that this is her future, she can’t change it. And yet again she keeps it to herself.

This brings up the idea of destiny. In the beginning of the episode Jafar tells Aladdin that Saviors have one fate and that is to die. They give to everyone all the time and in the end it will kill them. Saviors don’t get any other type of endings according to Jafar. This vision seems to say the same for Emma. She is told that she cannot change her future.

The question, of at least this part of the season will be is that true? Is Emma doomed to die by the hands of this masked figure or is she just doomed to die saving others? Most stories will tell you that your fate is your fate, simple as that, no getting around it. Emma is destined to die but when and how may be still up in the air. And that type of destiny is one that we have seen changed before. The question will be when will she tell everyone and let them help her?

The other main aspect of this episode was Rumple waking up Belle. He uses special sand to get into her dream. He tries to manipulate her into falling in love with him again but Belle figures out what he is doing. Their son comes to them in the form of Morpheous and warns Belle not to trust Rumple. She wakes up and refuses to be with him. She is done with his broken promises and not being able to trust him.

The question is what will Rumple do now? He is being told that he is out of options. Belle is done with him. She will not allow him to hurt her or their son. So what will he do? Will he finally walk away and let her go? I doubt that.

What I see Rumple doing is finding a way to manipulate and force Belle to be with him. He is the Dark One again, so he has a vast amount of power. The question becomes, will he be willing to use it on Belle? I hope not but I don’t trust him. Rumple gets what he wants, no matter the consequences so this will most likely not end well.

The other important point was the relationship between Zelena and Regina. We see that these two are not going to end up being cozy sisters right away. There is a lot of work that has to be done between the two of them.

Zelena is not some pillar of good. She has forgiven her sister but she is not on the hero side yet. She is still willing to kill and hurt when she finds it necessary. She ends up telling Regina that she is upset because Regina ripped out the dark side of her, the side that was most like Zelena.

maxresdefaultZelena doesn’t think she has anything in common with her sister anymore. They both have done bad things but as Regina states she is starting a new story. Regina realizes that her past is her past. Some people will never be able to see her differently but she knows that is her past story. She sees her life as a number of tales and that she is now starting a new one.

Zelena is not ready to start new. She is still telling her same story. She doesn’t want to change who she is. She has more in common with The Evil Queen. In the end The Evil Queen pays Zelena a visit. It will be easy for her to get her to work with her. It will be interesting to see Zelena try to figure out what to do. Does she go with her instincts and her past or does she start her own new story and go with Regina? I think we will definitely see the wicked side of Zelena’s character again this season.

Quotes:
“Evil did not make you strong,” Emma – A lot of the time those who are evil are seen as extremely powerful. Most of the time  that is true because they don’t have the conscious  that tells them not to hurt others with their power. There is a barrier that they do not work with. Good can be powerful. Power works for everyone, it is just how you use that power.

“You never hear happy- ever-after written about The Savior,”-Jafar- He tells this to Aladdin. Is this true though? Saviors can have happy-ever-after’s, though their work is never done. Is that why? Because The Savior is never done protecting those around them and a lot of the times that does end in their demise.

“Change the path to the destination but the destination remains the same,”- The Oracle- This is most likely very true. Though the question becomes what is the destination. If the destination is death does it matter how and when? Or can that be change and pushed back over and over again? Yes, sooner or later you will get there but you can take a number of roads that push you around the destination over and over again.

Questions:
What happened to Aladdin?
How did Aladdin become a Savior?
What does Jafar want with Aladdin?
 What stories and characters are in The Land of Untold Stories?
In that land how do you get there? Can you leave? What happens when you do leave?
What is Hyde’s plan?
When will Emma tell everyone about her vision?
When will she let them help her?
How will she circumvent the vision and what she saw?
Does she really have to die in that battle?
Who was that masked person?
What is The Evil Queen’s plan?
How does she want to use Zelena?
Will Zelena realize that she needs to be on Regina’s side or will she fight against her?
What will Rumple do now?
Can he let Belle go?
Will Rumple ever be able to change enough to have a relationship with Belle and their son?
Is their son really Morpheus?
What are they going to do with Mr. Hyde?
Are we going to see Violet and her father again?

True Love is Not Always Enough – Once Upon a Time (5×21) – Review- Spoilers

blog-81b15014-676f-4122-94c7-1726fb3e8c6f_5760x3840In this episode, we got to see the end of Hades and we also learned just what kind of man he was, while this battle yet again destroyed Regina’s happiness. Zelena also had to make a difficult choice between her sister and Hades.

The episode started with everyone arriving back in Storybrooke. It becomes their mission to find and defeat Hades. They all know now that Hades cannot be trusted and he has not changed. They do not have time to let Zelena try to change him. He does not trust them and they do not trust him.

Regina tries to explain to Zelena what happened with Hades but Zelena does not want to hear it. All Zelena can hear is that Regina wants to destroy the man she loves. She sees Regina not trusting her. Zelena is upset that yet again no one is on her side. They are all fighting against her and she cannot deal with that.

Zelena tells Hades about how everyone is after them and she suggests just running away. Zelena just wants to be happy with her love and her daughter. That is all that matters to Zelena anymore. This sets up the key difference between Zelena and Hades’s characters.

Zelena would be satisfied with a calm life living in the woods somewhere with just Hades and her daughter. Revenge and taking out their enemies does not matter to her anymore. All that matters is having the two people she cares most about in her life at her side. She no longer wants to hurt Regina or anyone else. Fighting is not on her radar.

Hades is the opposite. Hades will not be happy just living off the grid somewhere. He will not be happy without having everyone under his control. He wanted out of The Underworld in order to rule a greater kingdom. What is important to him is power and control.

Hades and Zelena parallel Rumple and Belle. I do not doubt that both Rumple and Hades love Belle and Zelena. That love is true but that love is not enough. Both Hades and Rumple cannot deal with others being in control of their lives. They cannot let anyone else have power over them. Rumple has to be The Dark One and Hades needs to have the Olympian crystal. With these powers, they are tough to fight and defeat. They believe they are safe because they are the strongest ones around.

While Belle and Zelena want to just live their lives. They do not want to fight. They do not care about power or control. They want to live calmly with their loves and families. In the end, neither can change the men they love. Rumple will always need the power as does Hades.

Zelena was faced with a choice in this episode. She had to choose between her sister and Hades. Hades wanted Zelena to kill Regina in order to eliminate her as a threat. Zelena could not kill her sister. Her sister loves her and does not want to change her anymore. Hades could not live the life that Zelena wanted. He would always want to hurt others and take out Regina. Zelena realized that she could not change this side of him. I think once Belle wakes up she will make the same realization.

There is an issue I had though with this episode and Hades’s character. In all the other storylines the adversary gets an extensive backstory. We see why they became who they were and what caused them to be full of anger and resentment. We got hints at Hades’s story in this second half of the season but nothing extensive which disappointed me. I wanted a flashback to why Zeus cursed Hades.

I wanted to see who Hades was before the curse. I think it would have given me a better way to relate to him. For the Once Upon a Time X Challenge, I am going to write a more extensive post about the use of fairy tales and mythology in this show so I will go into more detail there about the potential that was not realized with Hades character.

images-3In the end, Regina lost Robin in this episode. In the previews for next week, she asks Emma if she is worried that the Evil Queen will come back. I am not sure how I want this to play out.

On one hand the last thing I want is for Regina to backslide. Her character has been written so well. She has the best arc in this series. We understand her so well and all her choices make sense. So having her revert to her old ways out of grief and anger would seem to cheapen her journey. She has dealt with grief before and she should be able to find a way to deal without trying to destroy everyone.

On the other hand, I would not blame her for lashing out. She cannot catch a break and it is getting a bit annoying. There is only so much one person can take. Regina has been through so much and overcome so much. Every time things get close to things being good for her the rug is ripped out from under her feet. I can see her resenting Emma because Emma got Hook back and again not sure I can blame her. I think Regina is strong enough to fight her grief and not fall into that dark place but I would not be surprised if she is angry and resentful for a while.

Quotes:

“Sometimes the truth really hurts,” – Regina- Zelena learned that her love was not enough for Hades. Regina learned that the universe does not want her to be happy.

“Our future is not determined by our past,” – Robin – Robin gave Regina a chance and saw her change. Regina is a new person but her past still haunts her and it may be something she can’t ever fully escape.

“Only way to be safe it be strong,” – Hades- For Hades strength was one of the main things that mattered. Love was not enough. In the end strength was not enough to save him.

Questions:
What will Rumple do with the piece of crystal?
Will Belle’s father really leave her asleep?
Is there another way to wake Belle?
How will Regina handle Robin’s death?
Will Regina come to resent Emma because she got Hook back?
What will the new threat be?
Will Zelena be a deciding factor in Regina not reverting to her old ways?

 

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?

“You Never Stop Being Connected,” – Once Upon a Time – 5×19 (Review) (Spoilers)

0cbf869252d8413ac12174215e216e2fThis episode saw Regina and Zelena finally resolve their issues and find a way to work together. We also see that stopping Hades might not involve an all out battle. Cora also made amends for all her past mistakes.

The episode opened with Hades taking Zelena on a night time picnic. On the picnic, he explains to her what he is going to give her. He has put all of our group’s names on tombstones, trapping everyone in The Underworld. Once his heart restarts he can leave. He and Zelena can go and have control of the real Storybrooke. He wants to give Zelena everything she ever wanted.

Regina ends up watching the whole exchange and confronts Zelena. She tells her that she has to walk away from Hades, that Hades can not change. Regina is adamant that Hades will always remain a villain. But Zelena refuses to listen. She only sees Regina trying to take something from her yet again. Every time Zelena gets something, someone is taking it from her.

Regina is aware that Zelena is Hades’s weakness. She goes to Cora because she needs her help making Zelena fall out of love with Hades. Cora tells her the only way to accomplish that task is by making Zelena forget all about Hades.

The two of them try a scheme that Zelena sees right through. They all have this all out fight where Zelena and Regina learn what Cora has been hiding from them. When Regina was a child she messed around with Cora’s wand and hurt herself. The only person who could save her was Zelena. Cora brought Zelena in and after waking up Regina they became friends. It was very quick how they took a liking to each other.

Zelena had spent her life thinking that she did not matter. Her father told her that she was a monster and that his magic was unnatural. He hated her and hurt her. While Regina was always lonely, she wanted a friend and companion. When they were brought together they both received what the other was missing. Regina got a sister and friend and Zelena got someone who cared about her.

Cora at that point had no heart and tore the girls apart and took their memories. The next time the girls met they both had gone through a tough life. Both of them were filled with anger and resentment. All they saw in each other was competition. They could not see that connection they had established when they were children.

Cora returns their memories and all the emotions that came with them. Suddenly Regina and Zelena saw something they hadn’t before. They could care about one another. They at one time understood each other. There was this deep connection that was blossoming. They are sisters and that means that they do care for one another.

Cora returned to them what they needed at that moment. Zelena had to see that Regina had her best interests at heart. Regina wasn’t out to always hurt her. She was trying to save her. Regina had to see that Zelena can think for herself. Zelena isn’t dumb and she isn’t blind. She doesn’t trust easily. She would not give Hades her heart without thinking through the decision.

In the end, Regina tells Zelena to give Hades a chance. I think Regina sees just how many different ways love can save someone. Hades is not immune to the power of love. He has a heart, it just needs to beat again. I think Regina is seeing that together the two of them can save everyone. This is not going to end in some major battle, love looks to be their saving grace once again.

Quotes:

“I thought love was a weakness,” – Cora- Cora had messed up priorities when she was younger. She learned from her mistakes. I hope that Hades doesn’t start thinking along these lines and try to reject Zelena out of fear.

“You never stop being connected,” – Cora- Through everything Zelena and Regina were able to hold onto that sisterly connection. Their care and love for one another may be what saves everyone.

Questions:
What is Rumple’s plan?
What does Pan want and what part is he playing?
What will Hades do when he learns Zelena has been kidnapped?
Will Hades have to work with the group to get Zelena back?
When will Hades and Zelena kiss?
Will we meet Zesus?
Will we learn why Hades was cursed in the first place?
Is Cruella going to take revenge for James’s death?
Can Zelena change Hades?
Will Zelena make it out of this alive?

Power of True Love – Once Upon a Time – 5×18 (Review)

maxresdefaultThis week we saw the lengths that Hades will go to, to convince Zelena to be with him. We also saw Snow find a way home and Belle makes a rash decision in order to save herself and her baby.

This episode centered around Ruby trying to find Dorthy. While Zelena was still in OZ, she encountered Dorthy, Ruby, and Mulan. She kidnapped Toto and the three of them worked to get Toto back. In the process, Dorthy was put under a sleeping spell and Ruby has been searching for her ever since.

Ruby does a tracking spell and ends up in The Underworld. Zelena reveals what she did to Dorthy. The only way to wake up Dorthy is with true love’s kiss. The group initially go looking for Auntie Em. But Hades figures out what they are doing and beats them to her. He tricks her into drinking from the river of souls and basically kills her. He then threatens the rest of the people in The Underworld with the same fate if they help Emma or any of the other group.

We learn that the only reason Hades hurt Auntie Em was for Zelena. He knew that Zelena hated Dorthy and the fact that the people loved her. He knew that one of the things she always desired was for Dorthy to be taken out. Hades has not given up on Zelena. He does this in order to impress her and show her that he will go to great lengths to make her happy. Her happiness is one of the few things that matters to him.

What I found interesting about this aspect was the fact that Hades harbors hope that if he shows Zelena care and give her things she will want to be with him. He loves her. He has this hope that she will choose him.

rubyslippers-178432In this episode, he orders the phone used to talk to live loved ones taken out. The last episode he tricked Belle in order for her to lose hope. He is upset at the amount of hope in The Underworld because to him it should be only a place of decay. But he himself has a bit of this idea. He doesn’t have hope to save anyone but he does harbor a hope that he will get Zelena.

We know that if Hades kisses Zelena, and if it is true love, that his heart will restart. Right now all he can feel is anger, resentment and a desire for revenge. But when his heart is beating again will he be able to feel all other emotions? What will become of The Underworld if he also harbors positive feelings instead of all the negative ones he has built up inside of him?

I think Hades own hope will be his downfall. He is going to do whatever it takes to get Zelena to be his. He loves her and as he has stated before love will make you do crazy things. As I stated in the last review, love for someone will make you choose things you may never have done before.

Zelena decides to try to trust Hades in the end of this episode. But she also wants to do whatever it takes to get her daughter back. Will she betray Hades in order to save her daughter? Or will she realize that by falling in love with him, trusting him and letting him have her heart that she can actually save him? In the end, will loving Hades redeem her and make her see the true power of love? Regina was looking for Hades’s weakness last week, I think Zelena is that weakness. It will be interesting to see how these two work together.

Quotes:
“Fight your instincts and help us,” – Regina- Zelena has a true desire for revenge and to harm those who hurt her. But there is a new part of her that wants to create a good life for her daughter. She may end up having to choose between Hades and her child soon.

“Hard to be a savior when no one wants you to save them,” – Hades- Hades has made sure that the residents of The Underworld do not want to help Emma. He has made them afraid but will that last? Will some realize the risk to be saved is worth it?

“What you get back when you love someone far out weights the risks,” – Snow – Hades is risking a lot by falling in love with Zelena. If his heart restarts, that could fundamentally changed his whole world.

Questions:
Is Storybrooke safe?
Will Snow have to fight for their home alone?
When will Hades notice that Snow is gone?
What will Hades do when he learns Snow is gone?
Will Zelena be upset to find out Dorthy is awake, lose trust in Hades?
Is everyone scared of Emma or will some still work with her?
Where is Pan?
Can the sleeping curse actually save Belle and the baby?
What will the issue be trying to wake up Belle?
Will we see Ruby, Mulan and Dorthy again?
Will Hades’s heart restarting save everyone?
What will become of The Underworld when Hades’s heart restarts?
Will we ever meet Zesus or any other gods?

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?

Once Upon a Time – 4×17- Heart of Gold – Review (Spoilers)

images-11Well, this episode just turned everything on its head and threw me for a complete loop. At this point in the show it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to predict what is going to happen. There was no hints for this reveal at all, it was something that came out of nowhere but fits completely with what is going on.

This episode told us that Rumple’s heart is giving out, we learned Robin’s origin story and found out that Marian hasn’t been Marian this entire time. Instead Marian has actually been Zelena and she has been in control. The story has taken a completely new turn and it leaves open so many questions and possibilities for all of our characters.

The first major aspect of this episode was us finding out that something is very wrong with Rumple. In the last episode when Rumple was talking with Belle he was being cryptic. He told her that something changed quickly and he held his chest while talking about not having much time. I hypothesized that Rumple was sick and was dying and it turns out I was right.

Rumple’s heart has been completely consumed by the numerous dark deeds he has done over his lifetime. His heart has no good left in it and is nothing but a black rock. He has been keeping himself alive with magic up until this point and without it his heart is going to stop.

This scenario gives us an interesting twist for Rumple’s character. Up until this episode it was thought that the only way to kill Rumple was with the dagger. You stabbed him and became the dark one yourself. Now we learn that Rumple isn’t as infallible as we previously thought. He does have a weakness and like everyone else it is his heart. What is interesting about Rumple is that he did this to himself. No one broke his heart or hurt him. He was the one who took over being the dark one and as a result lost his son. He made the choice to hurt others. All these poor choices have consumed his heart and made it unable to beat without the aid of magic. His heart can’t take anymore. We found out that Rumple can be killed and it is because of his own choices; essentially he is killing himself.

In the past, Rumple came to Robin in order to have him steal a potion from Zelena, called The Elixir of the Wounded Heart. This raises a question for me. In the hospital Rumple states that he has been keeping himself alive with magic up until this point. Now in the Enchanted Forest did he need the elixir to save his heart physically or was he wanting it for something more emotional like Will did. In the Enchanted Forest was he dying? I’m thinking most likely not. There was another reason he wanted the elixir and I think it may have been to heal his heart from losing his son. He wanted it in order to stop feeling that guilt and pain, thus allowing him to revel in his power and not have his conscious bugging him the entire time. I wonder if we will ever find out what he wanted it for or if that is something we are just going to have to infer for ourselves.

For most of this half of the season I thought Rumple was the one in control, the one manipulating everyone else. It turns out that isn’t true. Zelena takes the crown for being the queen of manipulation. She control Rumple which means inadvertently she controls the Queens of Darkness and Regina as well. Everyone believes that stopping Rumple will solve all their issues but it turns out that won’t do much good.

This was one twist I had no idea was coming and I love that! It turns out that while Zelena’s body was destroyed her spirit survived. It followed Emma and Hook through the portal to the past where she killed and possessed Marian. The real Marian never came back from the past.

Zelena is still out to hurt Regina. She also wants to punish Rumple as well. So like everyone else she wants the author to write her a new ending, an ending where Regina is unhappy and does not get to live out her own happy ending.

While I was watching this episode with my mother she asked a very important question. Why can’t everyone just have the author write them new endings? Why is everyone trying to prevent everyone else from getting the author to write their new endings? Wouldn’t everyone win if they each got their own happy ending? At first these seem like a simple question but the problem is actually explained by Zelena. She tells Rumple that what she wants is to have Regina not be happy. Zelena can’t have a happy ending while Regina is happy, it is simple as that. And that is an idea that most likely works for everyone else. The villains can’t be happy if the heroes are happy and the heroes will not be happy if the villains are living the lives they want.

This means either the villains get their happy endings or the heroes get theirs. Regina would never be happy if Zelena and Rumple were happy too. For her it would feel like a betrayal to have her two biggest nemesis’s to get what they wanted despite what they did to her. They have to pay for the pain they caused. You can’t have people happy and enjoying life knowing the person or persons that broke your heart, killed someone you loved or stole your love was also happy. There is a reason people feel better when criminal are arrested, and sentenced. As a result they feel safe and satisfied. The villain lost and it reassures them that good will always win and that evil cannot win. If everyone got what they wanted from the author then this idea would no longer be true. The heroes would never be okay with that.

maxresdefaultThe other main aspect of this episode was Robin Hood’s origin story. We see that after he married Marian he tried to give up the life of being a thief. He wanted to live what he considered an honorable life. What he discovers after going on a mission for Rumple and meeting Will is that the idea of being honorable can be defined in a number of ways. We see how he became a thief who robbed the rich to help the poor.

Robin Hood has always lived by a code. This is a code of honor where he doesn’t betray anyone he cares about, he keeps his promises and he helps those in need. He will not turn away from any of these ideas. Which means he can’t turn his back on Marian. He made a marriage promise to her, promised to be with her no matter what and take care of her. This results in him turning his back on Regina and deciding to live without her. It will be interesting to see what he does when he finds out that Marian has been Zelena this whole time.

Quotes:
“These are remnants of Neil Cassidy […] I don’t want to a reminder of my failure […] of happiness when I had it and couldn’t recognize it,”- Rumple – This is the most human moment we have gotten from Rumple’s character to this point. Here he realizes that he destroyed his only chance at a good life. He tells Robin that when you have all that you want , go to it, hold it and never let it go. (He was telling Robin to go to Regina but unfortunately Robin took it as staying with Marian/Zelena). Rumple wants him to realize that you can’t keep looking for that one more piece, because you will end up losing everything in the process. Be satisfied with what you have and realize what it means.

“When you steal for yourself that makes you a thief, when you steal for others that make you a hero,” – Robin – Taking and keeping what you take for yourself is selfish; it makes people fear you, distrust you and hate you. But when you steal to help others then that changes the perspective. You are no longer someone people fear but someone that is counted on and wanted.

Questions:
How close to dying is Rumple? Will he survive this season?
What happens to his powers and the dagger if he dies a mortal death?
Was he dying in the Enchanted Forest?
What did he want with the elixir for during that time?
What is Rumple going to do with the author now? Take him to Zelena? Where is he?
Can Rumple get a happy ending with all that he has done and with his heart as black as it is?
With all these lies and manipulations who is going to actually get what they want?
What is the author’s story?
Why does he want to change everything?
Why does he want the quill so bad? Does he want to rewrite his own story? Or does he have a revenge idea in mind?
When will Zelena be found out by everyone else?
Will Regina get out and be able to tell them?
What will Robin do when he learns he trusts about Marian?
Who will Regina choose Emma or Robin?

Once Upon a Time- S3 E20 – Kansas (Spoilers)

822x         This episode gave us an end to Zelena. Snow and Charming had their son and Regina was the one who defeated Zelena. We seem to be done with the OZ storyline and I like how it was used. We didn’t spend an abundance of time in OZ but the elements of the story were incorporated well. I liked Zelena’s character because she was a very round character and one that we could relate to and feel for. I loved how the brain, courage and heart were used in the storyline. It was all put together very well.

The main theme of this episode was destiny and what it ultimately means. Can it be changed? Zelena thinks she can physically changed her destiny through her spell. She is doing this time travel spell so that she can go back and be given the chance at a life where she is loved and has power. We learn that changing your destiny it not an impossible task, but you have to be dedicated and you have to believe that the change is a possibility. Zelena could not muster the ability to fully believe in herself and in the end that is what kills her. Regina on the other hand is able to finally summon her own inner belief and saves the day. Rumple is going down the path that Zelena took. He can’t completely put the dark side of himself to rest. His decision has consequences that most likely will not end well for anyone.

Zelena is plotting her revenge against Regina when Glinda meets her. Glinda praises her for exposing the wizard and his lies. She tells Zelena about a council of witches that she can join. She explains that they each rule a portion of the realm (north, south, east and west) and they each represent a different idea, wisdom, love and courage. They are missing the West, innocence. Zelena can join them because she is reborn innocence, once she walks away from her past.

Glinda explains to Zelena that the witch of the West is the most important. She is protector of the land. Though there is one catch to Zelena being able to join them. She has to let go of her past. She has to consciously choose to change her destiny. She has to let go of her envy and her pain and join them fresh and new.

In this minute Zelena is being handed the life that she has been craving for her whole life. Glinda is offering her a, “family,” of sorts and she is also being given great power. All she has to do is walk away from the envy and anger that she harbors inside of her heart. Zelena is so excited about this new destiny that she easily walks away from her envy for Regina, but we quickly see that she can’t completely walk away from envy in and of itself.

Glinda gives her the pendant that holds her power and essentially her life. For half of a minute Zelena has all that she has ever wanted. She accepts this new destiny and is ready to live a life of good, helping and protecting OZ. All she had to do was keep this belief in her heart and trust those around her and she would have had a great life. But she could not do that.

822x-2Dorothy shows up and everything crumbles into dust at Zelena’s feet. Zelena becomes jealous of Dorothy, and learns about the rest of the prophecy The witch of the West will defeat a great evil earning her, her spot on the council. Instantly Zelena believes she is the great evil and that Dorothy is out to destroy her. She refuses to listen to Glinda, as she tries to explain that there are multiple ways to interpret a prophecy. Prophecies only come to pass because people listen to them, completing the tasks they are being handed. They hear what is said and instantly believe there are no other possibilities (Dumbledore gives Harry a great speech about this Half Blood Prince). Zelena can’t see any other way and falls back into her dark side and her heart becomes envy filled once again. In the end because she refused to think for herself and believe in herself she loses everything.

This episode shows us that destiny is not set in stone. You are not born on one certain path. You create your own path, but only if you believe that a new destiny is possible. Zelena refused to believe she could be anything but wicked. She instantly mistrusts her new sisters. Envy consumes her. All Zelena had to do was believe in herself and believe that she could be more than just a woman who was abandoned. She can’t look past that wall in front of her and eventually is crushes her.

822x-3Regina on the other hand finally finds belief in herself and her new destiny. Regina struggles for ages trying to move down only one path, the one of evil. She wanted revenge and she let that define her for so long. But when Regina was presented with another option for her life she took it. She adopted Henry and quickly learned that destiny is not set in stone, you can chance your life if you believe that you can. It all comes down to you, and you alone.

Regina is the one who uses light magic to destroy Zelena. She at first, doubts herself but when Henry and Robin Hood show how much they truly believe in her, she realizes that she can do this. Henry says, “Once upon a time you were a villain….but you changed. You’re a hero now,” (Henry). As in any story the beginning generally does not match the end. Rarely does a character go through trials and tribulations and come out the same person afterward. Regina is no longer the “evil” one, not only does no one else see her that way but she finally has stopped seeing herself in that way. With this new found belief in herself she wins.

Her change is completed when she stops Rumple from killing Zelena. No longer is death the answer to a problem. Killing is not a “good” thing to do and is not what heroes do. You can take down an enemy without bloodshed. She offers Zelena a second chance because she knows what a second chance can do for someone. We see Regina come complete circle here and it was extremely satisfying to watch.

Rumple on the other hand has not completely changed. Yes, he does what he does for his family. But he is still doing “evil” acts. Regina prevents him from killing Zelena but he can’t let the idea go. Zelena killed his son and he will not let that go unpunished. He still lets hate, anger and revenge live inside of his heart.

His speech to Belle was very sweet until we saw him confronting Zelena. I honestly thought he was changing. He made a beautiful speech to Belle, telling her that she had all of him now. He proposes to Belle with his knife, signifying that she has control of his heart and mind now. We think he has decided to live with Belle in a life full of happiness and love.

But we learn that he gave Belle a fake knife. He can’t let Zelena live, no matter what it is going to cost him. This is going to destroy Belle. She thought she had changed him. She has worked so hard to help him soften his heart, find love and happiness again and now she is going to see that he can’t fully leave his old life behind. Rumple is going to lose Bell and then we are going to lose Rumple.

Zelena’s death looked to have released her magic, completing her spell. Next week we get a two hour season finale. In this episode I am sure we are going to see Emma fighting with Henry about New York and hopefully realizing where she really belongs. Belle will most likely learn about Rumple killing Zelena, and it is going to tear them apart. And the portal is open and they are going to have to fix that which will ultimately end them up in a whole new mess.

 

Quotes:
“One thing will remain the same, who you are.” – Rumple- He doesn’t believe Zelena could ever be good. But what about him? Does this apply to him as well?

 

“Best for him or for you?”- Hook- A question he asks Emma about returning to New York. Henry will thrive best in Storybrooke. But what about Emma?

 

“If you believe you are evil then that is what you’ll become.”- Glinda- She says this to Zelena, and we see that is becomes true for Zelena. Regina shows what could have happened. It all comes down to who you believe you are.

 

“Evil isn’t born it is made and so is good.” – Regina – She learned her lesson but can Rumple? You actions and choices define you in the end.

 

Questions:
How will Belle react to Rumple killing Zelena?
Will Emma realize that she and Henry belong in Storybrooke with their family?
Henry is not gong to leave so what will Emma try to do?
Where will they all end up next?
What will happen between Emma and Hook?
What is next for Regina?
Can Rumple ever be good while he is still the Dark One?

Once Upon a Time- S3E18- Bleeding Through- (Spoilers)

The pieces have finally started to come together for Zelena’s plot and we finally have a better idea of what her ultimate plan is. First I will have to admit I completely missed when she said she had Rumple’s brain. I totally missed the significance of her making that statement. Zelena now has everything she needs (almost), Regina’s heart, Charming’s courage and Rumple’s brain. All she needs is the Charming’s baby after this episode to complete her spell.

The major part of this episode was finding out the circumstance around Zelena’s birth and the reasoning for why Cora had to give her up. The flashback made me feel really bad for Cora, a character I have never like. No wonder Cora decided to get rid of her heart, I probably would have done the same thing. Her life was not easy and never got better.

Cora falls for an impostor pretending to be a prince. He makes her fall for him by saying exactly what she wants to hear. Cora wanted to be anyone but who she was, a plain and simple Miller’s daughter. That life was predictable and unexciting and gave her no hope of ever getting anything more out of life. She wanted, fame, glory and attention. She wanted to be respected and have a high seat of power, that only came with marrying into royalty.

She fights roots and nail her whole life to be the opposite of the ordinary woman she is destined to be. In the end she never did end up with the life that would make her happy and satisfy her fully. She forces Regina into a life she hates, because Cora thinks it will make herself feel better. In the end Cora dies without ever fully realizing the life she wanted.

Cora gets pregnant by the impostor prince. She doesn’t know what to do but then she meets Prince Leopold (Snow’s father) and he falls for her. She tells him he needs to follow his heart, not do something just because he is told to do it. She asks him “What is the point of power if you can’t choose who to wed?” Cora thinks that having power makes you be able to do whatever you want and make any decisions you want for yourself. Anyone who knows the history of kings and queens knows that is generally not true. They marry for an alliance or to help a kingdom, rarely do they get to do anything for love. But Leopold listens to Cora and decides to listen to his heart and gets engaged to Cora and decides not to marry Princess Ava. She gives him a chance to have his own voice, in the end though that is what hurst Cora.

All Leopold wanted was the truth from Cora. He didn’t care about the baby or the one nightstand she had with a fake prince. Leopold is an honest and fair man, he wants to rule the realm in that same manner. All Cora had to do was tell him the truth but instead of listening, actually listening, to this man she had to try to cover everything up. She was so terrified of losing her one shot at this perfect life that her mind was clouded and she lost everything in the process. Ava tells Leopold everything and thus ends Cora’s fairytale and begins her nightmare upward struggle to try to get back to this point. Her life from here on out is nothing but pitfalls and disappointments.

Zelena’s plan is to go back in time and kills Ava. If Ava doesn’t overhear about Cora’s pregnancy and isn’t able to tell on Cora, Zelena then believes Cora will not give her up and they can live happily ever after. Cora gave Zelena away because she would always be a scarlet letter on her, marking her and keeping her from ever being able to move on. With Zelena she would always be a miller’s daughter and though Cora loved her daughter she could not live that life. Zelena blames Ava for all her trouble and thus wants to get rid of the root of her problem, or what she believes is the root.

Zelena’s issues mirror Regina’s journey closely. For both of them one person overhears something they shouldn’t they tell someone and in the end destroy the happiness of that person they were inadvertently spying on. Regina wants revenge on Snow for the death of Daniel. Now Zelena wants Ava dead for allowing her to become an orphan,making it so she never had a real family or ever felt real love.

As we saw with Regina these hate filled plans of revenge generally don’t end well. It is interesting that Zelena keeps saying that she wants to hurt Regina when in reality the plan is all about helping Zelena, herself. Regina never being born along with Snow, Henry and Emma is just a convenient by-product of this whole plan. The true end result Zelena’s wants is to be accepted and loved by her mother, to end up in the loving family and to have a happy ending. Regina loses everything but in reality it won’t actually matter much to Regina because she won’t actually exist.

Right now it is terrifying to Regina because she doesn’t want to lose Henry, so in a sense Zelena is getting her revenge. She is hurting Regina right now but if this plan works as it is supposed to, there won’t be any anguished screams or a broken person for Zelena to stand and gloat over. Regina won’t be alive, so none of this will matter. Zelena won’t even remember this whole ordeal, so in the end she isn’t as much out for revenge as she is out to get her mother’s love. Having anger towards Regina just fuels her fire but the end result isn’t about hurting Regina at all.

There is only one way this time travel storyline can actually happen and that is if a alternate reality is created. The main characters of this show can’t cease to exist that would just change the whole premise of this show. So they have to survive in some manner and this is by having a reality where Zelena wins and one where she fails, in some manner.

Now if Zelena wins and kills Ava, allowing Cora to keep her, the question becomes will her life be all fairies and rainbows like she believes it will be? Cora will have gotten everything she wanted so will she be a loving doting mother? Or will she still be so guarded that she will never be able to truly trust Leopold and in the end still end up losing everything? I doubt this new life will end well. Life will not be perfect, some way, somehow Zelena will not end up as a perfect child with a perfect life.

Also Snow mentioned that with this plan Zelena will become Rumple’s star pupil and be able to do this curse with him. But why would that happen? Regina went to Rumple to learn magic because she was angry and upset at her mother and she wanted to get rid of her and Snow. That was her reason for wanting the curse. Zelena goes to Rumple because she wants to find a family and a way of life where she ends up the one everyone loves. If life is perfect for Zelena (as she seems to believe it will be) why would she go to find Rumple? She wanted power in this life, but in the alternate life why would she want power? What would it do for her? She wouldn’t have a reason to go find Rumple and become his star pupil.

So what life does Zelena truly want? Does she want a life with a nice family, full of love and contentment? Or does she want a life where her magic is revered and she is the most powerful and Rumple loves her? There are of course a number of ways she could end up with both but as things stand right now,it comes down to a choice. Will she be happy and satisfied with the life she gets? I highly doubt it.

The other major part of this episode was Zelena trying to talk Rumple into working with her on her plan, willing. Zelena loves Rumple and wants him to come with her when she turns back time. She tires to lure him by telling him he will see Neal again. Rumple refuses, stating he will finish the fight his son started. Neal’s sacrifice won’t go to waste if he can help it.

First this shows how far Rumple as come. He no longer deals with these treacherous people who are only out for themselves. He respects his son’s decision and wants to save those he cares about.

This idea Zelelan has of taking Rumple back in time confuses me. Where would he go? To when he abandoned Bae? To when Zelena was a baby? What was she planning to do with him once they got back in time? She is going to kill Ava and presumedly then she will disappear and up as the baby. Her other timeline will have been ended because Ava will not be around to create it. So then what would become of Rumple? Would there just be two of them running around? I doubt that would end well. It would end up creating some horrible paradox.

Time travel is freakishly complicated as we all know and Zelena’s plan would not end well. If she succeed, there would be some major complications with this idea that just might destroy her happy ending. Did she think they could be together after she killed Ava?

There was also some small pieces that struck me about this episode as well. When they find out Ava was the one who told on Cora and up-ended everything, Snow was upset because she realized her mother wasn’t completely a “good guy.” This seemed a bit harsh to me. Ava didn’t tell on Cora because she wanted to destroy her life. She told because Leopold was promised to her and he was being deceived. It wasn’t the kindest thing to do but it wasn’t villainy really. I didn’t see her doing it with only malicious intent.

Snow wonders what changed Ava. I don’t know if Ava necessarily changed overall. Maybe she found out about Cora and how she had to give up the baby and she felt bad. But I don’t see her as being this evil person then changing to a good one. She didn’t know completely the consequences of her actions. She knew Cora would be thrown out of the castle but everything else that followed she could never have guessed. She was selfish, not necessarily evil. So I wouldn’t say she turned from a “good guy,” to a “bad guy.” More she changed how she behaved and thought when it come to the consequences of her actions.

At the very beginning of the episode Zelena tells Regina that she doesn’t fight for what she wants. She makes Regina seems very passive while Zelena herself is much more aggressive. Zelena tells Regina that she put her curse into action so she could run away, she didn’t fight for what she wanted like Zelena is right now. Zelena listens to her heart and fights to satisfy it.

This point resonates with Regina. We all know how guarded this woman has been from the very beginning, letting anyone inside her bubble has been a difficult process. She doesn’t lead with her heart because it only gets her hurt. Which is why when she kissed Robin Hood at the end of the episode was so satisfying. Regina is at a point where she could lose everything at any moment and for once she isn’t going to run. Though what this all means without her heart I don’t now. Will it all change when she gets her actual heart back? Can she feel true love without it? Does it matter for true love?

Quotes:
“Act what you plant to be,” Cora-This is a different take on Zelena’s upbringing motto of ,“hide what is inside”. Both have to show the world an entirely different face to the world then what is inside of them.

“Laws only exist until they are broken by someone superior,” – Zelena – She thinks she can outwit the universe. Playing with the laws of time is extremely complicated and she will soon learn she isn’t as superior as she think she is.

Questions:
Will kill Ava really solve Zelena’s problem?

Will life be perfect then?

Will she becomes Rumples star pupil somehow?

Will any of that matter?

How will Snow, Henry and Emma survive all of this?

What will get changed?

Will Regina’s connection to Robin Hod change once she gets her heart back?

Will Henry ever be brought into the loop?

Will Hook ever do what Zelena wants?

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