TV Time: Once Upon a Time 6.01

Welcome back, fellow Oncers! I can’t wait to spend another season discussing all the fairytale fun and feelings with you, so don’t hesitate to jump in and start a conversation in the comments. Just remember, we like to keep things as positive and respectful as we can here at NGN!

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Title The Savior

Two-Sentence Summary As Hyde and the others from the Land of Untold Stories arrive in Storybrooke, Emma struggles with side effects of being a Savior, including visions of her death. Meanwhile, Rumplestiltskin attempts to wake Belle, and Regina tries to work through her grief after losing Robin.

Favorite Line “I choose to believe that this story will have a better ending.” (Regina)

My Thoughts If Once Upon a Time has taught us anything, it’s this: We have the power to choose how our stories end. We have the power to push back against the forces that try to tell us what our story will be. And that power comes from belief—belief in our own strength, belief in those who love us and want to help us, and belief that light and love is stronger than fear and darkness.

In “The Savior,” that lesson—that the only way we can get a happy ending is by believing we can have a happy ending—was at the center of its three main storylines: Rumplestiltskin’s quest to wake Belle, Regina’s difficulty working through her grief, and Emma’s discovery of her decidedly unhappy fate.

Like most Once Upon a Time season premieres, this one spent a fair amount of time setting up conflicts for this season. However, it also featured a surprising number of emotional moments for a season premiere, especially for a show that tends to favor plot over prolonged character beats. The return to a Storybrooke setting certainly helped: Less world building means more time can be spent on the characters and relationships we already know and love. And it seems that this season is going to explore the benefits of characters actually dealing with what has happened to them in a healthy way, which is a wonderfully realistic approach to emotional health for a story about fairytale characters.

“The Savior” was a season premiere that was full of surprises, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all was that it managed to make me care about Rumplestiltskin and Belle again. When we first saw Rumplestiltskin pouring Morpheus’ sand over Belle, I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes. It seemed way too convenient for Hyde (who might be an even bigger deus ex machina than any of the actual gods we’ve had on this show) to have a solution for breaking a sleeping curse without using True Love’s Kiss. And then I was even more frustrated when I saw Belle’s dream and realized it wasn’t the red room that is supposed to be where all sleeping curse victims remain until the curse is broken. However, Morpheus soon told Rumplestiltskin that Belle’s dream state was temporary, and I was impressed that the show addressed what I thought was just a plot hole. And the sense of being pleasantly surprised didn’t stop there.

No matter what I think about what Belle and Rumplestiltskin have become, I will always have a soft spot for “Skin Deep.” It’s still one of my favorite episodes of Once Upon a Time, and I thought Belle’s dream was a creative way to revisit a beloved moment in the show’s history. And as soon as “Beauty and the Beast” started playing, I was a goner. I can wish Belle stayed as far away from Rumplestiltskin as possible (and most of the time I do wish that), but as soon as that song starts playing, I get goosebumps and want nothing more than to watch them dance together, living out the fairytale I have always wanted them to have.

But that fairytale is not for them to live out—at least not right now. Rumplestiltskin may have believed they could have their happy ending, but Belle didn’t believe it. And neither did their son. The reveal of Morpheus as a manifestation of Belle and Rumplestiltskin’s unborn child was cool and unexpected, and I was glad that Belle woke up because of her child’s love for her (especially because that’s always been such an important use of True Love’s Kiss on this show). But Belle didn’t need her son’s warning; she knew from the moment Rumplestiltskin kissed her that she couldn’t let herself believe in him anymore. Belief is such a valuable thing on this show, and Belle has stopped believing in her husband. As she said, he has given her so many empty promises, and that’s not a way to instill hope that you can change. I was so proud of her for walking away and choosing to put her own wellbeing (and the wellbeing of their child) first.

It seems that Rumplestiltskin’s happy ending is only going to come about when he can let himself believe in his own strength and the strength of his relationship with Belle and stop falling back on magic. In this vein, Morpheus served another important purpose beyond waking Belle up: He reminded Rumplestiltskin of the fact that his destiny seems to be to always lose his children because he chooses power instead. In this case, he lost his son before he was even born.

But Rumplestiltskin can still change his fate. He is in control of his destiny. He doesn’t have to lose those he loves; he doesn’t have to fail his sons over and over again. He just needs to believe that he can write a better ending for himself by choosing love instead of power. He’s not there yet, but this episode gave me hope for the first time in a long time that he could get there someday.

Perhaps the biggest reason I was left with hope for Rumplestiltskin was because this episode did such a great job of showing how far Regina has come. It’s going to be a rude awakening when she discovers that she didn’t destroy the Evil Queen (because we all know that she needs to learn that her worst self is still a part of her and that she has to accept both her darkness and her light), but I enjoyed the fact that she actually had time to breathe, work through her emotions, and grow in this season premiere. Without a direct threat looming over her, she was able to work on her own internal conflicts, and that’s all I ever want for these characters. And she worked on those conflicts with the help of the person who knows her best: Snow.

Who would have guessed when the pilot of this show first aired that five years later we’d be watching Snow and Regina hold hands on a park bench, and that their relationship would become one of the  deepest and most beautiful on the show? Lana Parrilla and Ginnifer Goodwin bring such genuine warmth to their characters’ interactions now. They allow us to feel every ounce of the rich history between these two women and the complexity of their unique dynamic. Their scenes together are always standout moments, and this episode’s scenes were no exception.

Snow always encourages Regina to be open and honest about what she’s feeling, and honesty was a major theme in this episode. As such, Snow also helped Regina discover that she needed to be honest with Zelena. I loved the dynamic between the sisters in this episode. I was really looking forward to watching them live as roommates, but ultimately that would have been incredibly hard for Regina. Did Zelena directly kill Robin? No. But did her relationship with Hades ultimately lead to Robin’s death? Yes. That’s why I cringed when Zelena told Regina she lost someone, too, because that was not the time for Zelena to fall back on her need to compare herself to Regina. And I got irrationally mad when Zelena tried to blame Emma for Robin’s death, but it made me happy to see Regina finally admit (especially after last season’s finale) that she went to the Underworld willingly and doesn’t blame Emma for what happened. It still isn’t great that Regina immediately placed the blame for what happened to Robin on Zelena (but Regina has always been one to blame the wrong person for losing the man she loves), but it was good to see her be open about her pain.

Being open about what you’re going through and what you feel is the only way you can heal and grow into a better version of yourself. And by being open with the people around her about her grief, Regina could finally begin to deal with her loss in a healthy way. She moved from anger (with Zelena) to depression (with Henry) and finally to acceptance (with Snow), and she was able to do that because she talked about her feelings with honesty, even if they weren’t pretty. And that allowed the people who love her to help her.

I was especially moved by Regina’s talk with Henry. Once again, the Truest Believer came through when one of his mothers needed him. In this case, Henry believed that Robin wasn’t obliterated, as Hades said. (Side note: Hidden in that lovely mother-son moment was a reminder to NEVER trust the word of a villain, which is something Henry should tell his other mom, too.) He believed Robin’s soul was in a better place, and his belief was once again contagious. Jared Gilmore has become such a good young actor, and I love seeing him show how Henry’s belief has matured as he has grown up.

By sharing her struggle with her son, Regina was able to find what she needed most: hope. She had no way of knowing if Robin was actually able to move on to a better place, but she chose to believe it. And that belief gave her the strength she needs to write her own story. More than any other character, Regina has gone on a long and rocky journey (Operation Mongoose, anyone?) toward discovering that her fate is hers to control; no one decides it for her. And although she may seem to be destined to always lose, it moved me to tears to hear her choose to believe that she can write a different ending to her story—a happy ending. Parrilla delivered Regina’s final monologue with such honest emotion that I found myself holding my breath until it was done. It was a lovely piece of acting that highlighted a lovely piece of writing, which restated what I see as one of the core themes of Once Upon a Time: “Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing.”

Emily Dickinson famously wrote, “Hope is the thing with feathers,” so it was especially poignant that Regina’s hope is what ultimately made Robin’s feather appear. However, while Regina was finding hope, it seemed Emma was losing it. Once again, I was struck by the idea of Regina and Emma as two sides of a coin—two characters whose stories balance the show; when one is up, the other must be down. And once again, I found myself wishing we could just toss the rules of drama aside for an episode and allow both women to be happy, hopeful, and growing into better versions of themselves at the same time. But I know that’s not how television works, so instead, I’ll choose to focus on the smart way the show paralleled Regina’s openness and emotional honesty with Emma’s decision to keep secrets and shut herself off from people who care about her when she needs them the most.

From the episode’s opening scenes, it became perfectly clear what Emma’s arc is going to be about this season: her struggle to be a Savior and live out her happy ending. The similarities between Aladdin and Emma could not have been clearer: two thieves who then became leaders and Saviors, burdened with the responsibility of having to fight battle after battle to secure other people’s happiness without ever securing their own.

For Emma in this episode, her duties as Savior started interrupting her happy ending immediately. But it was very happy while it lasted. I loved that this season started with some much-needed happiness for Emma and Killian before everything went downhill. Even if it lasted less than a minute, it was still nice to see those two characters smile, kiss, and enjoy their newfound True Love after last season’s parade of angst. It’s always fun to see Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue’s chemistry on display, and this opening scene surely hinted at good things to come for this pair once this next wave of angst is over (because you don’t start a scene like that unless you intend to finish it later on). And until then, I’ll just be replaying Emma’s adorable giggle when Killian said he liked her leather jacket (which I saw as symbolic of him loving her with her armor and her Savior responsibilities—both of which the jacket has symbolized). Sadly, though, the smiling and kissing and wandering hands couldn’t last for long. This is Storybrooke, after all, and it’s always going to need saving.

However, all that saving is already starting to take its toll on Emma. It made perfect sense that Emma would be having PTSD-like tremors and flashes given all she’s been through, and I’m excited to see this season tackle the physical and emotional strain that being a Savior has on a person. It’s about time people thought about how much pressure Emma must feel to be responsible for fighting for everyone’s happiness.

But people can’t think about it if Emma doesn’t tell them about what’s going on with her. It was hard to watch Emma revert back to the part of her that tries to handle everything on her own. It’s realistic to revert back to the way we’ve always handled things when we’re facing a crisis, but I would have loved for Emma to have been honest with someone (especially Killian because his concern for her was so sincere). Instead, she sought out Hyde, who continues to be as creepy as it gets. Villains are notoriously unreliable narrators (just ask Henry), yet Emma still believed him (Maybe she used her superpower?), following his red bird—Iago?—into the woods. All the while, I kept shaking my head, knowing that this plan was going to end horribly.

With Iago and the snake staff, I’m guessing we’re supposed to think the seer is Jafar in disguise and that he’s in league with Hyde for some reason. Whatever we’re supposed to think, it’s clear that Emma trusts the seer and her interpretation of her visions, which is that Emma is going to die fighting a battle alone against a hooded figure to protect her loved ones while they look on.

Let’s get this out of the way now: We know Emma isn’t going to die. This isn’t that kind of show. But the important thing is that we believe that Emma thinks she’s going to die. And Morrison sold Emma’s fear with a realism that genuinely upset me. It made me wonder what I would do in Emma’s situation, and honestly, I could see myself hiding the truth, too, especially given what Emma’s loved ones—especially Killian—have gone through in the recent past.

Did I yell at my TV when Emma lied to Killian? Of course. But I also have no fear about this being any more than a bump in the road for these two characters. This isn’t my first rodeo. Secrets are the backbone of relationship angst on TV dramas—no matter how much they annoy audiences. And characters revert back to their most frustrating selves at times on even the best shows; becoming a better person isn’t always a linear journey. All I ask is for there to be a believable reason behind these common contrivances, and in this case, I can see why Emma would hide her imminent death from Killian (and everyone else). Emma doesn’t want to cause him any pain, especially after she just got him back from the dead. She doesn’t want to be a burden. She’s still trying to protect everyone else. And she also doesn’t like asking for help; she’s most comfortable on her own. Emma’s walls may be down, but there’s always going to be a part of her that wants to retreat into herself when brief moments of happiness are followed by crushing disappointment and tragedy. When that’s the life you knew for 28 years, it’s hard to change and to let yourself believe that it’s okay to draw strength from others when you’re afraid.

But that’s exactly what Emma needs to believe now. In her vision, she was fighting the creature alone, and her family didn’t help her. I saw that as a clear symbol of Emma always fighting her own battles and never letting people help her until it’s too late. Only in allowing her loved ones to fight beside her and to fight for her will she be able to win. Aladdin couldn’t get a happy ending because people kept taking from him until there was nothing left to give. If Emma is open about what’s going on, she will be able to escape his fate because she has people around her who she can lean on when she has nothing left to give, people who don’t want to take anything from her and only want to help her.

Jafar told Aladdin that Saviors never get to live happily ever after. However, if this episode reminded me of anything, it’s that believing in the possibility of a happy ending is all you need to take charge of your story. Emma simply needs to believe that she can do what she told Cinderella to do back in Season One—punch back and change things for herself. She of all people should know that no one’s fate is set in stone; the man she loves came back from the Underworld after he died a tragic death. Her story may look as if it’s going to end in tragedy now, but she has the power to change it—no matter what the seer said. She just needs to believe she can. And the only way she can find the strength to believe is by being honest with those she loves and accepting their help. If Regina can do it, I have no doubt that Emma can, too.

Love is strength, and Emma needs that strength more than ever. But I’m certain she will eventually learn to stop hiding her struggles and let the people who love her help her become her strongest self. I believe in the possibility of a happy ending for Emma, and I can’t wait until she finds her way back to believing in it, too.

Extra Thoughts:
• The hair and makeup team brought their A-game to this episode. Parrilla, Morrison, Goodwin, and O’Donoghue were all sporting some excellent hairstyles.
• I will never get tired of seeing Snow really act like Snow again. From her scoffing at the “amateur” trap to her impassioned speech to the frightened people from the Land of Untold Stories, I loved seeing shades of Season One Snow on my screen, and Goodwin played those facets of the character perfectly.
• Another thing I will never get tired of: Killian’s intuition when something’ wrong with Emma and the beautiful profile shots of O’Donoghue that usually accompany this.
• Emma’s insistence that she wasn’t prejudiced against crickets but just didn’t want to go to therapy was a perfect “only on Once Upon a Time” moment.
• So who is Emma’s villain? Hyde? Jafar? The Evil Queen? Rumplestiltskin? Or herself in some kind of “Luke in the Empire Strikes Back cave” scenario?

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20 thoughts on “TV Time: Once Upon a Time 6.01

  1. Great review, Katie! Love the point you made about less world building allowing for more focus on characters and relationships, definitely what I’m hoping for this season.

  2. Katie this was amazing- you hit spot on what left me I won’t lie a little frustrated but still managed to do it in a positive voice that had me knowing my belief in this show isn’t in vain. Emma will defeat this and for the first time in a while I’m really glad to see them slowing down the plot for character growth stories. If that makes sense. Thank you for continuing to put your voice out there for OUAT here at NGN sweetie.

  3. Great review! Not looking forward to the angst that’s Emma Swan. After all that’s she’s gone through, she still feels she has to go it alone. I think the hooded figure is her. Just like the hooded figure Charming was fighting with in “The Tower”. She’s fighting a battle inside of herself.

  4. Loved it as always!! Your posts are always “quote worthy” 🙂

    PS right now I’m leaning towards herself as the villain. I mean Killian, who knows her so well, did say as Dark Hook “you don’t need some villain swooping in to destroy your happiness, you do that quite well on your own.”

    Cannot wait for next episode!!

  5. I’m ready for more focus on the Savior this season! I would love for Emma to really internalize the fact that asking for help isn’t weakness….especially asking it of the people who love you. You have to let others bless your life instead of casting them aside out of a misplaced sense of duty when the going gets tough. I want to see Emma learn to let others fight with her! Especially Killian. They are a good team!

  6. Yay, OUAT is back and so are your wonderful reviews, Katie! Thanks for the effort you put into articulating why this show strikes such an emotional cord.

    I know that part of the reason I like this show is because it shares some DNA with two of my all time favorite series: Lost and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My favorite thing about Buffy was the way it dealt with a young woman dealing with an unthinkable level of responsibility in a very real way (despite the show’s supernatural premise.) It was never shy about showing the harsh toll it took on her, but again and again she learned how important it was for her to confide in and rely on the people around her. I love that Once is going down this path with Emma, and I think it could make for some great development, despite how painful it was to watch her fall back on the bad habit of trying to handle that responsibility alone.

    Also, I thought it was really smart to have the event that kicked off this new crisis for Emma, the arrival of the airship, interrupt her and Hook’s adorable attempt to have sex on the couch. There is a reason people say that a healthy sex life is important to a good marriage – it’s because it creates time and space for closeness, intimacy, vulnerability, a focus on the other person…all things that can then positively impact the relationship overall. I think the fact that they lost their chance at that experience is thematically connected to her behavior during the rest of the episode. That’s not to say all her later decisions would have been different if they hadn’t been interrupted, but I thought it was a sly, sex-positive message.

    I echo your thoughts on Rumple and Belle, and certainly Regina and Snow – love them! I also wanted to note Robert Carlyle’s amazing performance. I can’t believe it, but I totally believed in and sympathized with him when he was pleading for another chance. There was something really vulnerable about him that was actually enhanced by his crazy, gold, Rumplestiltskin hair and makeup.

    Thanks again for all your great work!

    • I am glad you brought up Buffy, because Emma’s savior arc has always reminded me a lot of Buffy’s journey as well. As you mentioned, one of my favorite themes of that show was how Buffy’s friends and family made her a better slayer. They werent a weakness, they were a strength, and I think that is something that all superheros grapple with and have to learn. Those connections are what made her different from every slayer that came before, and why she managed to survive when others before her didnt.

  7. WE ARE BACK! Sorry (not sorry) for the shouting. The regulars here know how excited I get.

    Lovely job on this one, sweets. The first episode of an arc is incredibly difficult to assess because you don’t know where it’s going, so kudos for doing a great job on this.

    Oh, Emma, Emma , Emma. (Yes, I yelled at the tv, too.) While I do believe that this type of reverting is completely within character, I do hope that it doesn’t last too long. Emma made such progress last season — thanks for pointing that out Dr. Hopper — so I’d like to see that stick a little more. I’m curious to see how this will play out. I can imagine some interesting possibilities for how this could advance Emma’s and Killian’s relationship.

    I also love the direction of Belle and Rumple. It never ceases to amaze me how the writers and Robert Carlyle can continue to make me care for Rumple. I love that Belle’s response was completely in character for her. She loves Rumple; she believes he loves her — but there has just been too many lies. “Morpheus” as the son? That was just brilliant.

    Snow and Regina. This is one of my favorite relationships on the show. Snow does such a good job of being both friend and mother to Regina. I love the way she gently guides Regina to try and figure things out for herself. I also love how Regina’s questions make Snow consider things she hadn’t — such as how did she maintain hope. I also love that Snow didn’t gloss over the fact that Regina really was a rubbish step-mother.

    Regina and Zelena. While I’d love to see them as roomies, I did love the honesty of the fact that these two really can’t be around each other at this point. Regina is still grieving. (I do love her honesty about the fact that just seeing Zelena makes her angry.) Zelena really hasn’t figured out how not to be selfish. Everything is about her.

    I’m glad the show is finally examining the savior mythos and the toll that this burden takes on people. I also hope it continues to explore the power of the stories that we tell ourselves . . . which may or may not be true. Regina’s self-told story kept her prisoner. The story that Emma is telling herself and allowing others (Hyde & Co) to tell her has this same potential. Much of Emma’s strength has come from a decision to define herself in the story — to punch back and say this is who I am.

    Random thoughts:

    — Am I the only thinking this episode felt a bit meta in places? We had Archie’s comments about Emma’s journey. I laughed pretty hard at Zelena’s comments about defeating Hyde. (Yes, Zelena, I thought it would take longer, too.)

    — Add my vote to the “can’t Regina and Emma be happy at the same time for just ONE episode?” campaign. (If the writers need ideas, I suggest that it occur during a musical episode.)

    — Hook likes leather. *snicker*

    — DIRIGIBLES!!! (Yes, I’ve been waiting for some time for OUAT to bring in steampunk and/or Verne. This makes me very happy.)

    — Sam Witwer is knocking it out of the park.

    — I am having all kinds of fun imagining Granny’s and the dwarves (particularly Leroy’s) reaction to all the newcomers.

  8. Yes!
    I loved that Snow was back too! The “amateurs!” line was perfect, and her talk with Regina ❤

    I liked something Regina said (besides the most important quote you pulled out). She said something like "I couldn't hear any stories except the one I was telling myself" which just so accurately describes the way we perpetuate our own unhappiness, especially when we focus on revenge. And I was glad that she had it out with Zelena. No one is responsible for what Hades did except Hades, but Regina's grief is so fresh. Being around Zelena right now would just be too hard. And Zelena is so selfish and clueless.

    I love your reading of Emma and Regina as two sides of the same coin. One up, the other down. Yes. It isn't very much fun for people who like both characters, but it's how TV tends to work. And, as you pointed out, the secrecy/angst/reverting to type thing is frustrating, but yes, it makes sense in this story, and it is how TV drama works.

    I remember when we all lamented that Belle would probably be woken by either Rumple or her ass of a father, and how little anyone wanted to see that happen. So I was glad that her son was the one to wake her, and warn her. Somehow they did convince me that maybe Rumple can eventually do the right thing, eventually…. maybe. But I was glad that Belle stood up for herself now. She's been kept in the dark and manipulated for too long.

    I'm anti-cricket… but Emma really needs some counseling!

    And I agree with Tempest – DIRIGIBLES!

  9. HOLY FRICK FRACK, KATIE! Superb premiere review. I mean WOW. I have no words. This was amazing. And I’m literally screaming at my keyboard right now because I didn’t even catch the scene with the feather until I just read it. IFKDJSFALKDJFLKSJF! <- accurate depiction of my current emotions in my sleepless state. Basically I'm too in awe to say anything coherent. So kudos. A+ amazing job, my friend! T

  10. Fantastic review, Katie! I agree 100% with what you said about Snow. It was nice to see her back in her element by reaching out to the newcomers in the forest and utilizing her tracking skills. I feel like so much of her spark that seemed to get lost along the way has finally been returned to her. Overall I thought it was a strong start to the season! It was nice to see the focus spread across the entire ensemble cast while still establishing the overall plot for the season. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

  11. Lovely review Katie!

    There was a lot packed in here and you did a great job at breaking everything down. While the set up in this episode had a very cohesive theme, all the characters were pretty segregated, which I am always torn about. On one hand, you start to feel the strain of the large cast, but on the other, these more intimate moments give us the best character developments. And I am never going to complain about a Snow/Regina scene. They are always fantastic.

    As far as the Savior arc is concerned, I have been waiting for this storyline for a very long time, so I am really looking forward to seeing where this goes. I love how you bring up Emma’s vision and how she is fighting alone while the others are hanging back. That doesnt feel like a real scenario to me, but definitely feels like something Emma would twist in her head. Also, Regina is nowhere to be seen, and she has been good at having Emma’s back lately.

    I wouldnt be surprised if some of Emma’s doubling down on her savior duties might be steeped in a little bit of guilt for the whole dark one thing, and even the fact that everyone had her back and went down to the Underworld with her. As frustrating as it is to see her keep things back, at the same time, its incredibly relateable, at least for me. For people who have grown up fiercely independent, the feeling of “burdening” others with your problems is an incredibly hard habit to break. You think Emma would have learned by now (hell I know better too) but knowing better and actually doing better are completely different things. I do this at work all the time. I will run myself into the ground before I would ask someone to stay late to help me, no matter how willing they may be to help. I see Emma as a similar beast.

    I loved Regina in this episode. I get immensely frustrated with her and her need to blame others for her problems, but here I feel like she was acknowledging that her anger was in part just misplaced grief. I am sure there are times in all of our lives that we get angry with others for something that has happened, and we know we shouldn’t be angry with them, but the fact is we are. Its not fair, it just is, and you have to work through it in your own time. And Regina is dealing with it in a healthy revenge-free way. Like you, my hope for her is that by the end of this arc she is able to accept both parts of her. But this time of being detached from her evil queen self is just giving her an opportunity to reconnect with her pre-evil queen self, something I think she has had a hard time doing over the seasons.

    Randomness:
    – More Snow! I am so ready for more of Snow and Charming. And I hope we get more Snow/Emma bonding. Talk about an ‘untold story’.

    – Is Hyde just going to play the “sit back and let everyone destroy themselves” card all season? People have done quite a lot of damage just sitting in that cell doing nothing. On this show, most the villians’ greatest power is their words and the hero’s tendency to listen to them. Henry needs to talk some sense into everyone.

    – Speaking of Henry, I am curious how far his author powers go. Would he be able to know what is going on with his mom simply by recording what is happening? I dont think too much about this because the writers will use it however they need to and ignore it the rest of the time, but I do hope there are some parental controls on that power after the couch make out session.

    -How gorgeous was the set for that Regina/Snow scene? With the lighting and trees? I wish I could walk right into that scene.

    -I really hope we get to see Aladdin and Jasmine in Storybrooke sooner rather than later. Aladdin was my favorite Disney movie growing up, so I am excited to see them start interacting with our main cast.

    -I would love nothing more than the end of this arc being Emma and Killian making out again, disaster strikes, and they just decide to ignore it, because everyone else has got it covered.

    • “…because the writers will use it however they need to and ignore it the rest of the time, but I do hope there are some parental controls on that power after the couch make out session.” >>>hahahahaha! 😮

      “I would love nothing more than the end of this arc being Emma and Killian making out again, disaster strikes, and they just decide to ignore it, because everyone else has got it covered.” >>>That would be an awesome change of pace!

    • Ditto on all of this. Like you, I’ve been frustrated with Regina’s (very realistic, but still annoying) tendency to blame everyone else. I loved the self-awareness of a Regina that realizes she was a terrible step-mother, that she just can’t be around Zelena right now, and that she made herself the protagonist of a self-destructive story.

      Oh, and you know I’m on board for the make-out session . . . (wait, I’m not sure that came out right . . .)

  12. Anyone notice a parallel between Killian’s reattached hand in “The Apprentice” episode and Emma’s hand shaking in this episode? Killian, afraid of his past and Emma, afraid of her future. Just a thought.

    PS Great replies so far! I’m stoked for this season and more couch, jacket-on scenes!

  13. Sam Witwer is killing it as Hyde! I’m actually a little disappointed he was easily taken down in this episode. It was good to see Regina finally deal with her grief over Robin (in a healthy way too). It’s an interesting dynamic where one gives into hope, the other starts to lose hope. Regina thinks she can still have a happy ending while Emma is worried that she might not be able to live out hers.

    It does bother me that Emma is reverting back to her old ways and not talking to Hook about what’s going on with her. I thought the whole purpose of last season was that Emma broke down all her walls and now, it feels like that never happened.

    The last thing I want to see is Emma try to hide this for the whole season until it is too late.

    I am super proud of Belle for standing up Rumple. Here’s a question for everyone:

    Was Morpheus Morpheus all along, or did he become Morpheus when Rumple sprinkled that dream dust on Belle? This confuses me.

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