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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- White Out

Oh man, guys. I love Elsa. And Anna. I don’t want them to disappear once the Frozen arc is over. Emma needs a friend and, I dare say, she found one in Elsa.

Elsa, determined to find Anna, put up a wall of ice around the town. David, Emma, and Hook were on the scene moments after it happened. So was Elsa. When Emma noticed her hiding within the ice, she went to investigate. That’s what our Savior does. But, when Captain Charming came after her, Elsa’s powers took over and she and Emma got trapped inside.

As we know, the cold doesn’t bother Elsa. It does, however, have a major impact on Emma’s wellbeing. As she begins to freeze to death, the two blondes bond over their lack of control of their respective powers. Elsa tells Emma about Anna and Emma sends her father and her boyfriend (I’m standing by that title. If Rumpel can, so can I) off to find her.

We find out that David, before he replaced James as prince, knew Anna. Back when his hair was as long and luscious as his daughter’s. Anna stayed with him when she sought passage to the Enchanted Forest and she trained him in sword fighting. Anna taught David how to wield a sword! Am I the only one impressed by that? DAVID! Anyway, she helps him defeat Bo Peep and find his courage. He, of course, remembers this when he finds out who Elsa’s sister is.

He and Hook go off to find Bo Peep at the butcher shop and Hook takes her staff. It will help them find Anna because Bo branded her back in the Enchanted Forest. Although Elsa thinks she needs Anna to help control her powers and melt the ice cave, David—using Anna’s words and wisdom—talks her through it and she’s able to melt it just enough for her and Emma to squeeze on out of there.

Emma—still freezing—lunges at Hook in the most amazing, loving hug I’ve ever seen. These two are the real deal. I mean, we’ve seen it from Hook all along, but this was HUGE for her. The way she went to him was VERY telling. So was the hand holding and cuddling back at the Charmings’ while she warmed up.

Using the staff, they weren’t able to find Anna, but they did hear a heartbeat, proving she’s alive. It’s not ideal, but it’s good enough until they can find her.

Also, Snow is now the mayor and was put in charge of getting the power on after Elsa’s ice wall killed it. She succeeded with a little help from baby Neal. I like her in this new role—mother, mayor, she’s killing it! Regina told Henry she didn’t want to see him while she was dealing with her heartache over Robin Hood. But, being a Charming (in some way, I guess?) he doesn’t accept that. He goes on over and they reunite. It was really, really nice. Oh, and kind of a big one, Elsa tries to melt the wall completely—to free the town—but she can’t. They don’t know it yet, but there’s a snow queen in town and she is not going to let that wall down without a fight. Here we go.

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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- A Tale of Two Sisters

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. It is so amazing to have this stupid little show back. And by stupid, I mean perfect. I was so nervous that Anna wouldn’t live up to Anna in the movie and she TOTALLY did! She was, actually, kind of perfect. So was Elsa. Kristoff was good, but not quite up to snuff with Frozen‘s Kristoff. There’s still time, though, and I adore Scott Michael Foster.

Regina went and broke my heart a million times over. She’s understandably heartbroken and pissed off over the fact that Marion is back and Robin is choosing her. I mean, Robin is a good man who has to live up to his moral code, but it won’t be easy. That’s obvious right off the bat. I’m kind of pumped to see how this mess plays out. I really, really hope Regina doesn’t dabble with the darkness too much. She needs to get it out of her system, I’m sure, but she does not need to go ALL Evil Queen on us.

Emma doesn’t have it easy. She’s the one that brought Marion back. And Elsa, though she doesn’t know that quite yet. She is wrecked with guilt over ruining Regina’s happiness. She’s avoiding Hook because of it. He’s no dummy either, he knows what she’s doing. He also suspects that there’s something else she’s guilty about. Neal, perhaps?

And, speaking of Neal, I’m a little upset about his headstone. “Beloved son.” That’s all it says. What about “Devoted Father?” Yes, he wasn’t around all that much for Henry, but only because he didn’t know about him! In the little time he spent with his son, he LOVED him. And Henry loved Neal. Like I said, I’m a little upset here.

So, anyway… We pick up the Frozen story about 2 years after the movie ends. Anna’s getting married and Elsa has gifted her with their mother’s wedding dress. However, while they’re in the attic trying on the dress, Elsa finds a diary. It alludes that their parents left because they were afraid of Elsa and her parents. She thinks they left and, therefore, died because of her. So, Anna goes off on a two week journey to Mist Haven to find the truth about why they were headed there. By the way, Mist Haven is the Enchanted Forest.

In Storybrooke, we see Elsa hiding behind her terrifying snow monster and running around town looking for Mr. Gold. In a newspaper she found, she sees a necklace that she had given to Anna the day she left on her journey. So, they’ve been separate since Anna left and Elsa is now sure she’s in Storybrooke. It would make sense if she was in the Enchanted Forest when the curses hit. God, I hope she’s not dead. And I hope Kristoff’s hanging around Storybrooke somewhere, too.

After the promo:

Not too much to say other than I AM SO EXCITED for the rest of this season. Elsa, Anna, Captain Swan, Outlaw Queen. There’s so much to look forward to!

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Let’s talk about Emma Swan

I love her. I really, truly love her character. She’s strong and independent, but also feels and loves deeply. She gets hurt. A lot. I understand that. But she can’t just up and leave with Henry once the Wicked Witch is defeated. It’s selfish.

He has a mother in Storybrooke who loves him so much. He has grandparents who love him. He has a whole town who loves him. And he doesn’t remember them or understand them. And it breaks my heart.

It’s not only that, either. It’s not only Henry. All of those people that love Henry— the ones he doesn’t remember— they love Emma, too. And Hook. Hook loves her so much. Mary Margaret and David love her so much. They are about to have a baby; I can only imagine they want her around for that. 

It just frustrates me. Mainly because I understand where she’s coming from. Henry’s memories, his current ones, are good and they are normal and they are safe. They had a life in New York and just because hers didn’t turn out as expected, it doesn’t mean he should suffer. There are two sides to that, though. He’s missing out on so much by not knowing who he truly is, who his family truly is. 

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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- Quiet Minds

Less than halfway through this episode and I was already an emotional mess. Like, that scene with Hook and Neal in he hospital? How perfect was that? Like Hook, I tend to forget that they spent that time together on the Jolly Roger and that Hook watched over him for quite a bit of time. What sits on my mind is the time they vied for Emma at the same time. Hook hugged Neal. Neal called him Killian. And my heart melted. And it was broken by the end of this episode.
but before we get to that, Robin and Regina finally met in Storybrooke. He almost shot her with an arrow at the farmhouse and she thought he was a flying monkey. Whatever, I love them. Outlaw Queen for the win. As they searched the farmhouse for any trace of the Witch, Robin noted that Regina didn’t seem to live up to her Evil Queen legacy. And then he found some whiskey and offered to share a glass, revealing his lion tattoo. The one that Tink pointed out to Regina all that time ago when she showed her who her true love was. As you may expect, the reveal was quit surprising to Regina and she reacted by… running away.
After Neal was discovered and brought to the hospital, after his moment with Hook, he went out to the woods to try and find his father. The team found out in last week’s episode that Rumple was alive and had escaped the Wicked Witch’s creepy lair, and this week Emma and David went to the woods to find him.
When Neal and Emma found each other there, they were able to have a good moment. After a year apart, Neal was able to let Emma go despite the fact that he will always care about (love) her. It was nice to see that they could be good even if the weren’t together. Alas, it was short lived.
Neal had a strange triangle shape burned on his hand and when Belle found out what it was, she also came to find that Neal should be dead. He wasn’t, though, because Rumple was living inside of him due to what that Witch did to them back in the Enchanted Forest. Neal begged Emma to use her magic and separate the two of them, even though it meant that he would die. She did it and Rumple, much more sane, appeared as Neal died. Before perishing, though, he told Emma to be happy and that he loved his Papa for teaching him what true sacrifice is. The good thing that came out of Neal’s death was that it brought Rumpled back and he was able to tell them who the Wicked Witch is. Zelena.
Zelena who was back at the loft with Mary Margaret. Zelena who escaped through the bathroom window before Emma and David could get back and confront her. Zelena who held the Dark One’s dagger and got to Rumple in the woods and led him back to his cage. Freaking Zelena.
Another good thing about Neal’s death was that it led Emma to begin telling Henry the truth. After revealing to Neal that she didn’t want Henry to get his memories back and telling David that once the curse was broken, they were going back to New York, she told Henry that his father was a hero. He lived as a good man and died a hero. All Neal wanted was to die to help Emma save herself, Henry, and the town. And now that everyone knows who Zelena really is, I think they’re one step closer to reaching the end result that Neal wanted. I, for one, will miss Neal.

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Let’s talk about Once Upon a Time- New York City Serenade

As some of you know, Once Upon a Time was a show I watched over the winter hiatus. I watched it all within a week and was caught up right around the first of the year. Over the week I spread out the two and a half seasons, I was hooked. This show sprang to the top of my list so quickly, I didn’t know what came over me. It’s a complicated story that needs to be paid close attention. The family tree alone will make your head start pounding if you think about it too hard and too long. There are a lot of characters, there are a lot of relationships, and there are a lot of stories being told- all of it sucked me in and ran through my head until I was able to watch the new episode last night.

I’m nervous for the second half of this season, guys. It’s going to get dark and the fact that no one knows what happened to them makes me very uneasy. I mean, at least Regina knew the last time a curse was put on everyone. Now it’s just the Wcked Witch who, according to interviews with Jennifer Morrison, is one of the sweetest people in Storybrooke. And she’s the only one who knows she’s the Wicked Witch and what happened to everyone. I just think it’s going to be a very dangerous second half for our friends in Storybrooke.

Everyone that was transported back to the Enchanted Forest kind of reacted differently, it seemed. Hook just decided he didn’t want to try and be a hero anymore, so he took off. (We all know, and so does everyone else, that this has everything to do with Emma being back in our world). Snow, Charming, and Regina team up to take back their kingdom, which is strange, but I cannot wait to see the three of them working together. Neal has suffered a lot- losing his father, his son, and the woman he loves in one fell swoop- but at least he has Belle to lean on and help get to Rumple’s place.

Regina is also having a very rough time being away from Henry. She’s hurting. A lot. She reaches the point where she feels the only way it will stop hurting is if she tears out her own heart and buries it. Thankfully, Snow finds her in the knick of time and convinces her that she needs her heart to find the one thing Henry always wanted for her- happiness. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that just after putting her heart back in its rightful place, Robin Hood saves her from one of the Witch’s flying monkeys. I can’t wait to see more of Robin Hood and I hope he and his boy were taken back to Storybrooke with the rest of the fairytale characters.

When we see Emma again, she’s meeting her boyfriend of eight months for dinner. Walsh is played by the ever charming Christopher Gorham, but I knew straight away that I wasn’t going to like him. And, yeah, maybe it has something to do with my undying love for Hook, but that wasn’t the only thing. He was just rubbing me the wrong way. I was SO happy that as soon as he stepped away from the table, Hook took his seat and used what little time he had to apologize. But he, like we, knew that Emma believed him that something wasn’t right. She’s stubborn, as she has always been, but he’s able to convince her to go to an address that we find out later is Neal’s apartment that Emma, Gold, and Henry visited a year before.

Of course, as soon as Hook vacates the restaurant Walsh comes back and proposes. Emma, being the Emma we’ve always known and loved, has to have some time to think. No matter what memories are implanted in her by Regina, her history with Neal is real and she holds on to the hurt she felt. Love and trust have, and probably always will be, a real issue for her. And obviously, everthing that’s happened with Hook up to this point is fresh in her mind and she needs to know the truth about herself before agreeing to any life changing decisions.

Henry, on the other hand, is all for Walsh and his mom getting married. I’m not going to lie guys, I liked seeing Emma and Henry happy and living normal lives. I know it’s not in the cards for them, but it was nice to see while it lasted. I actually kind of hoped that Henry, having the heart of the truest believer, was just going along with everything for Emma’s sake and somehow knew the truth about their family and friends. I no longer believe that, but I wish it were true. Getting Henry to believe and understand everything is going to be hard. And the fact that Emma doesn’t want his good, happy, stable memories to disappear is going to make it more difficult.

Anyway, Emma does go to Neal’s apartment and does realize quite quickly who it belongs to. Not only that, but when she finds a camera with Henry’s name on the strap, she knows that what Hook was telling her about her real life and her real family could be true. So, she meets him in Central Park where he told her he’d be and after he tries to convince her that he’s not crazy and that she and Henry were at Neal’s only a year ago, he asks her to drink a potion that will help get her memories back. Obviously, she doesn’t, but she does get him arrested. Because, of course she did.

Later on, Henry and Emma are on their way home and Henry drops a bomb on her that he texted Walsh and told him to come over for dinner and that he would be at a friend’s for a sleepover. It’s difficult because Emma wants to be happy with Walsh and Henry, but she also wants to see what the pictures from the camera she found are of. She sends Henry up to the apartment and checks the bag of developed pictures to find her and her son in a town called Storybrooke- a town she’s never heard of, let alone been to.

Now she knows Hook is on to something and she gets him out of jail. He’s finally able to convince her to drink the potion and find out her truth. And when she does, the nice, safe world she was living in falls around her and she’s back to who she was with a man she may, or may not, have been in love with once upon a time. A man who clearly still loves her and has come back to, not save her family, but to save her.

Back at the apartment, Hook tells her the truth that he didn’t stay with her parents which is why he was able to use the Jolly Roger and come back for her when he received a note. He told her there was nothing in the Enchanted Forest for him, and we all know it’s because she wasn’t there with him.

When the doorbell rings and Emma realizes she needs to break things off with Walsh, because he doesn’t deserve to be sucked into her life and her mess, Hook decides he’ll be the one to get rid of him. Ha, you keep your jealousy in check, Captain, and Swan will send him away. Which she does and he says that he wishes she hadn’t drank that potion. WHAT?! How could he possibly know about the POTION? Because he’s a flying monkey, that’s why.

Poor Emma, even the fake life she was living wasn’t safe. This poor girl can’t win, can she? At least she has Hook and Henry to drive up to Maine with so she can see her parents for the first time in a year. And the scene with her and David was absolutely adorable. She doesn’t know the reach of the current curse, so as far as she know, David doesn’t remember anything. Luckily, or not so luckily, he remembers her and what happened up until the point she and Henry drove away from Storybrooke a year before. He’s just SO happy to see his daughter and to find out that she remembers who he is. And he knows it’s been a year since they last saw each other because… Mary Margaret is pregnant(!!) and pretty far along. I mean, that’s a pretty good way to judge a span of time, if you ask me.

Like I said, this second half of the season will be tough for everyone in Storybrooke, but at least they have the savior back. And thankfully for us, the show is just BACK ON!

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