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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- The Apprentice

You know, I loved this episode, but I don’t have too much to say about it.

I would love to focus on that date. Wouldn’t we all? Shouldn’t we all? They both looked STUNNING. Like, jaw-droppingly gorgeous. And happy. Holy crap, they were so happy. You could see them falling more and more in love with every second, every look, every two-handed touch.

That damn hand, though, huh? Can’t Killian and Emma just be happy? Why must this hand come back to haunt my dear, dear captain? I know he’s changed, it’s been made obvious that he’s changed. Rumpel hasn’t changed, but because he’s the Dark One, he doesn’t have to? Come on, how is that fair? I am so sick of Killian suffering. Didn’t we get enough of that last season? Let’s just hope that Rumpel is wrong and it was a cursed hand, not the desire within Killian. At least, that’s what I’m sticking with.

Back to the date, though, can we just talk about the adorable parents that the Charmings make? Jesus, David is such a dad. It’s actually ridiculously precious and it’s always something I love seeing. Mary Margaret was killing it in the mom department, too. Taking pictures, asking questions–adorable. It’s almost like we were getting season one Emma-Mary Margaret back. I’d love for them to find a balance between friends and mother/daughter.

But seriously? Who the hell is this Snow Queen? I’m dying here. How is she connected to Emma? Where did she come from?!

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Let’s talk about the brief- yet perfect- Captain Swan kiss

I didn’t mention it in my full review because it wasn’t totally necessary to my feelings on the episode. The whole scene was great. From the line about going home and watching Netflix to Hook’s giddy smile when he said yes even though he has NO idea what Netflix is. And, then, finally to the kiss.

After telling him she’s guilty about Regina and Robin and him telling her that he thinks there’s something else, she kisses him. It’s short, yes, but it’s so sweet and meaningful. Emma Swan does not go around kissing guys especially not when she knows how they feel about her. She knows Hook is in love with her, she would never lead him on on purpose.

Emma told him to be patient. We have to be patient, too. But if we get little moments like that in the meantime, I definitely wouldn’t be mad!

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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- Snow Drifts & There’s No Place Like Home

Holy wow. That was some of the greatest two hours of television maybe ever! As a (completely obvious) Captain Swan shipper, it was, like, the best ending I could have asked for. As an Outlaw Queen shipper, though… Ouch. But that is what great storytelling is ALL about. It’s not going to be easy, but when has it ever been easy in Storybrooke?

I’m going to go over my thoughts and freak outs in bullets, because I could write a whole book on my feelings if I really wanted to.

  • I have to start with Captain Swan. I mean, how could I not? He didn’t have to go through that portal with her, but did we really expect him not to? And they just got off to a bad start— changing the course of time. 
  • I loved watching Snow and Charming fall in love almost as much as Emma did. As much as I love them, Mary Margaret and David aren’t the most exciting characters, but this travel back in time and new beginning to their story was a lot of fun.
  • Rumpelstiltskin helping out Hook and Emma was a really cool line. And it really broke my heart when he asked about his son. Oh boy, that was just a swift kick in the gut. Ugh, but at least he was actually helpful. And he didn’t kill Hook.
  •  Rumple and Belle were so stinking cute. Those vows, man, were awesome. However, I cannot wait to see the truth about Zelena come out. Now that they’re married, it’s going to be a really interesting dynamic. 
  • Emma seducing Past-Hook while our Killian got Snow on the right track to Charming was great. I mean, Killian got jealous of himself and it was adorable.
  • Outlaw Queen started out so well. Oh god, and just ended up so sad. Emma had to save Marian. She had to. But, I knew she was going to mess something up. And, boy, did she ever. Poor Regina.
  • Who would have thought that going through a super sensitive, time travel portal was what Emma needed to realize that Storybrooke and her family is home? Watching her parents almost miss meeting each other and Snow almost dying, I can definitely see where she was coming from. 
  • And her magic came back. She got her and Hook back to Storybrooke, but not before Rumple asked what happened to his son. I was so nervous he wasn’t going to drink that memory potion and let her go. Hook had already left and she would not have been able to contend with the Dark One that just found out his son was dead.
  • And back in Storybrooke, we found out the baby’s name— Neal! (Cue the tears). We saw Emma call her parents Mom and Dad (more tears). And then we saw Emma realize that there’s one more person she considered home…
  • We finally found out the truth— that Hook traded the Jolly Roger for a magic bean so he could get to New York and bring Emma home. He trade HIS SHIP for her. Swoon. And, then, she KISSED HIM and it was magical and beautiful and they are canon and my heart is whole. I mean… LOOK!Image

I’m so excited for next season and the new villain (ELSA!). It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t imagine it’ll be as dark as the Wicked Witch was. Emma and Killian will be a dream to watch while Regina and Robin are going to rip my heart out. But I have faith. SO EXCITED!

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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- A Curious Thing

Oh man, so much greatness and so much heartbreak. Okay, maybe not that much heartbreak in the grand scheme of things, but my Captain Swan loving heart hurts a little this morning.

But I don’t want to focus on that. No way. I want to focus on Henry and his memories. Oh thank god he got his memories back! And thank god Regina has her son back! It wasn’t nearly as hard as getting Emma to believe in magic, but he did just get attacked by a swarm of flying monkeys. I’m really hoping they weren’t Aurora and Phillip because that would be sad. It already is just knowing it’s a possibility.

But, YES, Henry’s back and he’s doing a remarkable job at having two moms. That came out weird, but I was worried one would feel left behind when he remembered them both. I know he only had his memories for like half the episode— if that— but I have faith in that little guy. 

Also, let’s talk about Regina and Robin! They’re all over each other and I love it! Regina deserves this. Yay. Also, how cute was it when Henry realized his mom was dating ROBIN HOOD?! And then Robin and Regina joked about how they did not get along back in the Enchanted Forest, but they still left the boathouse together, arm in arm. 

So, the Enchanted Forest, huh? Snow was the one who cast the curse. And she did so by nearly sacrificing David’s life. Of course, they’ve been sharing one heart since the day he woke her from the sleeping curse. Now, it’s just official. Even though she was the one who cast the curse— in order to get back to Emma so she could use her light magic to defeat Zelena— it was Zelena who added the memory potion that made everyone forget what happened. 

Then, she made enough potion for her and Rumple so when they got back to Storybrooke they would remember. Thankfully, Neal wrestled himself out of his fathers body just before Rumple was able to drink his half. Neal was the one who sent the note to Hook about finding Emma and getting her back to Storybrooke.

I’m going to talk about Hook now. I’m going to get a little sad. But I do believe things will work out. 

Hook was kidnapped by Zelena who warned him again that he needed to kiss Emma and steal her powers. If he didn’t, she would kill Henry. Luckily (or not so luckily), Hook found Henry after a fight with his mother while he was trying to get in her car and drive to the nearest bus station so he could get back to New York. Hook just wanted to keep him safe, so he took him to the docks instead and convinced Smee to get him to NYC by stolen boat. Then, the monkeys came and then Henry’s parents and grandparents came. And all hell broke loose.

Just as Emma was about to kiss Henry to break the curse, Zelena showed up and took Henry hostage. She made sure to mention it was because Hook didn’t follow through on her instructions. Before Emma could react to that, she used her magic and got her son back. It was Regina who kissed Henry— breaking the curse— and Emma who confronted Hook.

He told her the truth, that Zelena had tried to back him into a corner. He told her that she wanted him to kiss her, successfully stealing her magic, and that he was just trying to keep her son safe. But Emma can’t trust him anymore. How could she? And the look of despair on the captain’s face. OH MY SADNESS! It didn’t help matters that David and Mary Margaret chimed in and told Emma that she shouldn’t trust him. They never sent him the potion that got Emma’s memories back. And if they didn’t, they had no idea who could have.

We know it was Neal, but Hook doesn’t. So, yeah, it does look a little suspicious, but HE GOT HER AND HER MEMORIES BACK! That, in it of itself, is reason enough to trust him. Forget that he was just trying to keep Henry safe. Whatever, like I said, I still think Hook and Emma can work it out. 

I’m really curious to see what the next two weeks will bring for the town. I mean, now that the curse is broken and the memories are back, it’s all up to Emma? Woof. That’s a lot of pressure on the girl. It’s no help her mother is about to have that baby that Zelena wants so badly. It’s about to go down in Storybrooke and I, for one, cannot wait.

Actually, I can. I’m not ready for this season to be over. I feel like we just got it back. 

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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- The Jolly Roger


Oh my, oh my. This episode ripped out my heart and then proceeded to stomp all over it. Don’t get me wrong, it was great- very well done. Colin O’Donoghue just killed it. And me. His performance killed me. 

We got to see a little of what Hook was up to in the year he was separated from Emma. He was back to his pirating ways without the Jolly Roger. So, dressed as a knight (holy hotness!) he and Smee gets gold from unsuspecting travelers. Mr. Smee and the rest of Hook’s men honor and thank him by hiring a prostitute, but Hook pays her off. Obviously, he’s still hung up on some blonde woman back in NYC. 

After this incident, however, he gets hit in the head and threatened by… ARIEL! She accuses him of kidnapping Prince Eric because she heard he was taken on the Jolly Roger. But Hook has yet to find the Jolly Roger, so it couldn’t have been him. No, it wasn’t Hook. It was Black Beard. Hook, Smee, and Ariel embark on a journey to find his ship and its new owner. 

On their journey, Ariel remarks that she thought it was odd when she heard Hook was the one with Eric. She had heard all the things he did in order to help get Henry back to Storybrooke. She was under the impression that he was a good man. Well, let’s just say he did not want to hear that. Hook has this whole “bad ass” thing down and, as far as he’s concerned, it’s who he is. He’s a pirate. He’s not a prince. He’s not a good man. As the audience, we’ve seen him go from pirate to hero and we also know that while he was back in Fairytale land, he was just trying to get over Emma. 

But, when he gets to the Jolly Roger and to Black Beard, some pretty intense stuff goes down. A sword fight (holy hotness again) and an ultimatum. Black Beard’s heard that Hook has gone soft, so he gives him the option of surrendering his boat in exchange for Eric’s location, or Hook can kill him which would end up letting Eric die alone on an island somewhere. And then it happens. Hook kills Black Beard and Ariel flips her… fin. Literally, after slapping him and calling him a coward (maybe… I can’t quite remember), she jumps overboard and is determined to find Eric all her own. She will never stop believing (as you can see, she’s learned quite a bit from the Charmings. All good things, all good things).

So, in Storybrooke, Emma decides that the only way for Regina to defeat the Wicked Witch is if she learns to use her magic and help her. It’s agreed that this is a dangerous idea, sure, but a very good one, nonetheless. After David offers his and Mary Margaret’s services in watching Henry while Emma’s off with Regina, Emma has to drop the bomb that Henry actually finds them a little… boring. He’s twelve and listening to baby talk just isn’t his thing. He’d much rather hang out with our dear Captain Hook. 

Emma and Henry head to the docks, and while Henry’s glued to his phone, Hook and Emma have a bit of a moment. What I love about Hook and his character development is that, yes, a lot of it has to do with Emma, but he’s interested in saving the town and keeping everyone safe. He tells her that magic is a part of her and she should embrace it. And then they get into a bit of a fight because she brings up taking Henry back to New York once everything with the Witch is over. Hook is not okay with that. He’s tried to go back to the person (pirate) he used to be and it didn’t work. (Side note: We saw him go back to the pirate he used to be, and yes he was rife with guilt, but there is so much more to that story and we need to see the rest of it). Emma asks again what happened the year they were apart and he brushes it off, but he does agree to watch Henry.

While Hook is teaching Henry how to cheat in a game of dice (real nice, Killian), the Charmings and half of Storybrooke stumble upon Ariel on the beach. She’s looking for her prince and the Charmings suggest that Hook would be far better suited to help her find him, what with his time at sea and his knowledge. Little do they know that he has a pretty good idea of where Prince Eric could be. Dead on an island outside of the curse’s reach, perhaps? But he agrees to help her and Henry goes off to learn how to drive David’s truck. 

Hook and Ariel head off to Gold’s where they find Eric’s cloak and Belle uses a locator spell on it. Hook and Ariel follow it to the sea, where it looks like Eric must be dead. Ariel hugs Hook and tells him she just wishes she knew how her and Eric’s story ended. After she leaves, Hook’s guilt bubbles up and the man we now know and love runs after her to apologize for the man he was. 

Ariel slaps him again and definitely calls him a coward this time. He promises he will do ANYTHING to make it better, but how is she to trust a man who doesn’t believe in love. Hook admits that he does still believe in love, it’s just that the Jolly Roger was the only thing to fill the void of his broken heart. Ariel asks if he still loves the woman that broke his heart and he tells her the truth- yes. (AHHHHHHHHHH). She makes him swear on that woman’s name and he so swears on Emma Swan (AHHHHHHHHHH). And then BAM, his lips turn green and he is utterly confused. That is until Zelena shows up! That WITCH! She’s cursed his lips, so when he kisses Emma all of her powers will diminish. And so, she tells him that he must kiss her or she will make sure everyone she cares about- her parents, her friends, her son– will suffer. Now we’ve seen that Hook has taken quite a liking to Henry and he’s just admitted to loving Emma, he won’t let anything happen to either of them. But either way, kissing her will take her powers and Regina won’t be able to defeat Zelena on her own, or everyone will be killed. Umm, hello rock please meet hard place. Poor Hook! What is he to do?!

There was a couple of silver linings I suppose. Henry had a great time with his grandparents. Regina and Emma were able to work on Emma’s magic and found it to be much stronger than they thought. Also, Zelena told Hook that Ariel did find Prince Eric and they have been living happily ever after. Regina and Emma use their magic together to use mirror magic and, even though they don’t know the truth about who Hook was helping all day, they do see Eric and Ariel together and happy. As far as everyone but Hook is concerned, it was good day with a happy ending. 

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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- It’s Not Easy Being Green

onceSo, I’m not going to lie. I missed this episode live last night. I was out for my dad’s birthday dinner, but I woke up early this morning so I could watch it before work (and safely go on Tumblr when I got there). Anyway, I really enjoyed this episode. It had A LOT to offer.

Starting off at Neal’s funeral, watching everyone (minus his father) throwing dirt onto his casket, Henry having no idea about who is father truly was- it was a bitch. Whoa, it hurt. I may ship Captain Swan hardcore, but I never disliked Neal. Not once. He was an amazing character and I hope his death proves to be a powerful storyline that lives through the end of the season. I’m with Hook, Henry needs his memories back. He needs to know who Neal was and who he really is.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Because after the funeral, Hook insists on talking to Henry. He’s the only one around who can shed light on who Neal/Baelfire was at Henry’s age. Emma swoons a little at Hook’s sincerity and then tells him to be careful because Zelena is still out there. Hook promises that nothing will happen to Henry while he’s watching him. That’s about the time I swooned. Sa-woon.

So, Hook takes Henry down to the docks and Henry brings up the fact that his mom always pawned him off on friends with boats. Which, I don’t know, it just might mean that without her memories, Emma was still attracted to the sea. And Hook. Subconsciously, of course. Then, we see them later, and Henry’s tied about every knot that he can and Hook is staring dreamily at the sky. Why? Because he’s going to teach Henry how to use a sextant just like he taught his father all those years before. But Henry doesn’t want to know how to navigate by the stars, he wants to know who his father was. Sure, he understands that his mother is keeping things from him to protect him, but he still wants to know the truth. Then, Hook tells him that when he and Baelfire happened upon each other, it was right after he lost his father. Henry has more in common with Neal than he realizes.

Back in town, Zelena comes to crash the wake and drop a bomb on Regina. She is her sister. Half-sister. Whatever. Cora gave her up and gave Regina everything. Zelena basically challenges her to a duel on Main Street at sundown. So cliché. But when she leaves, Regina goes on a mission to find the truth about whether or not they are sisters. She finds a letter, from Rumple to Cora, claiming that Cora’s firstborn (Zelena) may be the best student he’s ever taught. All this time, Regina thought it was about her, but now she realizes the truth.

Oh, also at Granny’s after the funeral, Tinkerbell sees Robin’s tattoo and gets mad at Regina for not doing anything AGAIN. And when he comes over to offer Regina a drink, Tink kind of fangirls and it’s just about the cutest thing ever. Robin also runs into Regina in the woods, with the letter, and they talk about what’s really bothering her. What she wouldn’t tell Snow and Emma in the vault where she found the letter.

Belle, David, Tink, and Emma go to the farmhouse to see if Zelena’s around so they can try to get to Rumple without her interference. Belle thinks she can get Rumple on their side even though Zelena has his dagger. Oh Belle, true love isn’t always the strongest thing in the world. Needless to say, their plan didn’t work and only pissed Zelena off more. Now, if there’s any outside interference with her and Regina, Rumple will be forced to go on a killing spree. And you can see how much it kills him to be controlled by such a crazy witch. And, you know, he doesn’t want to kill the woman he loves… Or anyone else. Hopefully, at least.

When the time for the duel arrives, Regina is late and Emma, as the Savior, tries to step in. She doesn’t last long at all, but, hey, it’s the thought that counts. When Regina finally does show up, she’s much calmer and more confident than when Emma and Snow last saw her. She’s ready for whatever Zelena has in store. She knows it won’t be easy, but she’s got to, at least, try. And she does, nearly failing. But when Zelena reaches into her chest for what she really wants, Regina’s heart, she finds nothing. Regina’s not rookie, she knows that she can’t show up to a fight with something as sacred and valuable as her own heart. No, she’d left that in the care of Robin because, well, duh.

Zelena flies off on her broom (really, a broom) and the Charmings find Regina still alive. She also has an inkling as to why the Witch is after her heart. She already stole David’s courage; she’s cooking up a recipe. But for what?

When Zelena gets back to the cellar where she’s keeping Rumple, we find out. It’s not a curse. It’s a second chance. She wants to travel back in time to when her mother abandoned her so it doesn’t happen again. And, therefore, Regina won’t be born and Cora and Rumple can’t choose her over Zelena. She’s crazy and vengeful and envious. And she’s not done.

We also find out that Walsh, you remember Walsh, was the one, great and powerful, Wizard of Oz. And when Zelena found out who he was and how he was managing as a Wizard with no magic of his own, she turned him into her flying monkey minion. So, yeah. It’s going to be a long rest of the season. At least everyone knows who she really is now.

But, before I wrap this up, I want to go back to Hook and Emma. And then Regina and Robin. First, when Hook brings Henry back to Emma, this is when he tells her she can’t just go back to New York when all this with the Witch is over. Henry needs to know the truth. The truth about himself, his father, and who all these people in Storybrooke really are. Emma just thanks him for taking Henry and goes to her room. Hook lingers awhile before begging off to his own. Hook has grown SO much since “Tallahassee” in season 2. And he’s been there for Emma so much. I mean, offering to take Henry was as much for her as it was for him. He’s also suffered so damn much in his life. I want a happy ending for the guy, and I’m pretty sure it’s Emma. She just needs to realize and accept who she is and where she’s from. She’s been through a lot, too, more than most, but she deserves her own happy ending.

So does Regina. And that is with Robin! He was the one watching over her heart while she was dealing with Zelena. And she also left it with him to watch over until the Witch infestation is handled. Guys, she literally gave him her heart. And admitted to owing him a drink. Oh god, it’s going to be so GOOD when they get together. Just get rid of this Witch, give Henry back his memories, and everyone will be right where they belong with WHO they belong. COME ON!

PS: Who’s ready for a Hook-centric epsiode next week? I know I am.

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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- The Tower

Okay, I do not like this Witch. I don’t like her messing with Rumple. I especially didn’t like her shaving him. I’m not okay with how she handled David. The poor guy has enough to deal with. Everyone does. I don’t like how she’s so shifty and I hate that Mary Margaret is enamored with her. The second half of this season is straight up stressing me out.

There were a couple of bright (but not really) spots, though. First, Regina and Henry were able to spend some time, one on one, together. Henry opened up to her about his feelings toward Emma and her decision to turn down Walsh’s proposal. He admitted that he couldn’t wait for the day there would be more than two plates set up for holiday dinners. And what Regina told him next was so spot on, I just had to smile. She told him that one day he would have more family than he would know what do with.

What I loved most about that sentiment is that she wasn’t just talking about his blood family, but also the rest of Storybrooke. It’s something she had mentioned just before she really got Henry talking; the good thing about living in a small town (i.e. Storybrooke) is that it’s like everyone is family. I mean, in the case of Henry and Storybrooke, that’s pretty damn near accurate.

What hurt about this scene is the fact that Regina is just Madame Mayor to Henry. Sure, she got to spend some quality time with her son, but he has no idea why it matters. He’s just getting some ice cream and a tour of the town.

Emma and Hook also got to spend some quality time together this episode. At first, they were working with David to gather clues in Regina’s office, but just as he found remnants of berries and told them where to find them in the woods, he was called back to the loft to meet the new midwife, Zelena (that Witch). And Emma and Hook took to the forest together where they had one of their very close standing, serious talks. Emma admitted that she had been considering Walsh’s proposal. You know, before she discovered he was a flying monkey. She also admitted that his betrayal had broken her heart. To which Hook expressed his delight.

You see, he’s not happy that her heart was broken. Not really. He was happy that her heart was breakable, that it still worked. Because then she is capable of loving him back. Unfortunately, she turned away from him before he could get any closer. But he still followed her so they could finish their mission.

The two of them happened upon a mysterious (well, mysterious to them) farmhouse. We know it’s where that Witch is keeping Rumple prisoner. It’s all locked up and before they call Regina, Emma sees a voicemail from David who is sure he’s about to confront the Wicked Witch.

Alas, it is not. It’s himself, a side effect of the night root that Zelena slipped into his tea during their meeting at the loft. By the time Emma, Hook, and Regina show up, David has confronted his greatest fear and was able to defeat “himself.” When he tells Regina about his sword that disappeared, she reveals that it was the Wicked Witch’s way of taking a symbol of his courage. Uh oh.

Seriously, I can’t wait for all this terrifying mystery to be over. Actually, I can, because then the season will be over and we’ll be thrusted into another dreadfully long hiatus.

Ps, we got to meet Rapunzel, who was a victim of night root back in the Enchanted Forest. I wonder if she’s back in Storybrooke after David saved her and brought her back to her parents.

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