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Monday, March 19, 2012

Once Upon a Time: Heart of Darkness

Last night's episode wasn't as fantastic as last week's Red-handed, but it was still impressive.  First, I have to say that Ginnifer Goodwin is an excellent actress and it is great to see her on a show that is showcasing her talents.

While I love her as the porcelain perfect Snow, I liked her even more in tonight's episode when she was fighting with her dark side.

IN STORYBROOK

Mary Margaret is arrested and booked and placed is the only jail cell in the county.  I'm surprised they didn't make her wear an orange jumpsuit and pick up trash.

Evidence is piling up against her.  I mean there's the whole dead woman's heart in her jewelry box and then Emma tries to prove her innocence and unearths a large murder weapon conveniently stowed away in a heating duct. 

Of course, it doesn't help that Regina is sitting in on the questioning.  How about the part when Regina tries to get a confession out of her by saying "Losing someone I loved changed me." and "A broken heart can make people do unspeakable things."

The recurring theme of the episode appears to be that Evil isn't born it is made.  That line was said in both Storybrook and Fairytale land.  Do you agree?

David continues to try to be Mary Margaret's savior.  This time he decides that he will go to Dr. Hopper and be hypnotized into remembering what he can't remember.  When this works too well and he sees flashes of his former life he mixes up those memories and thinks that just maybe MM did kill Kathryn.  Oh David.  You are an idiot.  Are you really going to ask her?

Yep.  He is.  And she is pissed.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gold offers his legal services because as we've all come to realize all scummy character's have law degrees.  MM tells him she can't pay him and he says that's okay, "I'm invested in your future."

Later, MM finds one of those skeleton keys that open all doors and decides to flee.  This is after Henry finds those same keys in his mom's house and tells Emma that Regina used them to set up MM. 

In a totally out of place scene, August, our mysterious stranger tells Henry that he believes all the answers are in the book  He tells Henry that some people need proof but that other's can rely on faith.

My favorite scene is when David goes to Regina and says "With all due respect, I don't think you know much about evil." To which Regina replies, "Evil doesn't always look evil."

IN FAIRYTALE LAND

James continues to look for Snow who has taken the potion given to her by Rumpelstiltskin and has morphed into a rather bitchy kind of person.  I loved when she tried to take the bluebird out.  Priceless.

The dwarfs stage and intervention of sorts and tell her that they are tired of her cooking and cleaning and killing all the bugs.  She has changed.  She is EVIL.

Jiminy Cricket tries to intercede on her behalf imploring that she find a conscience that she stop taking her anger out on his cousins and her poor dwarf friends.  Snow concedes and agrees to take her anger our on the queen. 

She tosses on a cloak and heads out to kill the queen.

Grumpy, who you think would be down with this kinds of plan, follows her and pleads with her to stop.  Knock it off. 

He tells her that he will take her to Rumple and that perhaps they can return her to her old state.

Rumple is not all that impressed with Snow until he learns that she is not interested in remembering what he has helped her to forget.  She is only interested in getting his help in killing the queen.

He is eager to help.  He provides her with a bow and arrow that will not miss and tells her where to take the shot from.  It cost her nothing because he is vested in her future.

James learns of this plan and confronts Rumple.  Rumple tells him that for the price of his cloak he will tell James where Snow is but that she is truly evil.  "How can she remember you when she has lost sight of who she really is?" Rumple tells him nothing can stop it save one thing...true love.

ugh...so Disney.

James leave without his cloak and finds Snow.  She doesn't know him.  He kisses her and she slaps him.  Loved that.  She is not in love with him so the spell is not broken.  They argue more and then she decides she has had enough.  It is time to kill the queen.  She fires but James dives in front of the arrow.

Intrigued she asks why he would do that and he says he would rather die than let her heart fill with darkness.  So she kisses him.  And the spell is broken.

They are free to skip and dance and frolic in the forest  

James is captured by King Midas's men and Snow left to return to the dwarfs.  Again...so close yet so far away.  The episode ends with Rumple plucking a hair off of Charming's cloak and placing it in a bottle with Snow's hair.  The hairs love each other and apparently we are left to believe that Rumple has bottled love.

Would you consider taking a love potion?

Next week:  The mad hatter.  Love me some Alice and Wonderland!

3 random thoughts:

Kristen said...

the hairs form a double helix, which is what our DNA does when we reproduce...and so snow white becomes a mother through immaculate conception, I presume.

Unknown said...

Rumpelstiltskin is engaging in a double layer frame job, he is framing Regina as being the person framing Mary-Margret. He has even more motivation to move openly against Regina now that both are open about their knowledge about the fairy tale world. Regina would seem more likely to be the one framing Mary-Margret because she (Regina) is blinded by her emotions, but there is a high chance of backlash for attempting such a blatant frame job. Regina would assume (and rightly so) that Emma would side with Mary-Margret, and raise suspicions, if things went south for Regina, it would result in a murder charge. But Rumpelstiltskin clearly has the foresight to be able to determine that if another battle between Emma and Regina occurs, with the stakes this high, Emma will come to him for help. Giving him the edge to expose Regina in the manner of his choosing, and giving him full power over the top legal agent of the town. He has the sheriff backing him in a battle to expose Regina, the person he framed to look like the framer, it's a brilliant tactic. Also he was in the jail sell where the skull key was found.

Anonymous said...

Rumpelstiltskin is engaging in a double layer frame job, he is framing Regina as being the person framing Mary-Margret. He has even more motivation to move openly against Regina now that both are open about their knowledge about the fairy tale world. Regina would seem more likely to be the one framing Mary-Margret because she (Regina) is blinded by her emotions, but there is a high chance of backlash for attempting such a blatant frame job. Regina would assume (and rightly so) that Emma would side with Mary-Margret, and raise suspicions, if things went south for Regina, it would result in a murder charge. But Rumpelstiltskin clearly has the foresight to be able to determine that if another battle between Emma and Regina occurs, with the stakes this high, Emma will come to him for help. Giving him the edge to expose Regina in the manner of his choosing, and giving him full power over the top legal agent of the town. He has the sheriff backing him in a battle to expose Regina, the person he framed to look like the framer, it's a brilliant tactic. Also he was in the jail sell where the skull key was found.

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