Once Upon a Time: Love is weakness? Love is power.

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Sorry folks!  I’ve been catching up on writing posts for the other two blogs and have fallen a bit behind here.  Anyway, here’s a look back at the mid-season finale of Once Upon a Time.

Questions Answered:  Cora ended up in Wonderland after Regina shoved her through the mirror and yes, Cora is the Queen of Hearts.  It was Cora’s spell that protected a corner of Fairytale Land from Regina’s curse.

Questions Remaining:  Baelfire?  Pinocchio?

Questions Raised:  How did Cora know the details of the Curse?  What’s extra-special about the true love between Snow & Charming?  Why wasn’t Cinderella’s baby a contender for the Savior role?  What exactly did Rumpel have in mind for Cinderella’s baby, anyway — a new protege that he could groom from birth?  Why didn’t Hook and Cora come through the well — they used the lake too — was it the magic bean that altered the path?   And how did they find Storybrooke without the compass?

Recap:  Hook and Rumpel remind us why we shouldn’t fall for the bad boy, ever — they may have their tender moments from time to time but they always have an agenda.  Hook’s foremost concern is killing Rumpel —  he tells Belle that he’s there to rescue her but he’s only there to discover how to kill the Dark One.  He would have knocked her unconscious even if she had given him the information he wanted — she would have just slowed him down.  He does save Aurora’s heart from going into the portal so there’s that — there wasn’t anything to gain from that action unless it was to show Emma that he wasn’t all that bad and she should have trusted him.

Rumpel is so concerned that Cora not get through that he’s willing to risk Emma and Snow — okay, not my choice but I understand — Cora is scary.  But why did he mock Regina when Henry left with Emma?  Was he just taking the opportunity to kick her when she was down?  She did have Belle locked up for 28 years and they weren’t on the best of terms even before he knew that.

Squid ink — why did it take Snow so long to figure out that they needed to use the parchment?  Sheesh.  I didn’t have the benefit of spying on Cora and I knew the parchment was the answer.

I am loving the storyline between Regina and Henry, even if I still find Henry somewhat annoying.  I love that Regina’s love for Henry is melting away her iciness, I love that she was truly conflicted about possibly killing Snow and Emma, I love that she risked everything to do what he asked.  Hopefully that massive power surge she absorbed will give her an edge when Cora comes knocking on her door.  I also hope that Henry makes time for her.  I get that one good deed doesn’t erase everything she’s done but c’mon writers — she just fried herself with Rumpel-charged fairy dust in order to allow Snow and Emma safe passage — would it have been so out of line for Henry to say “Hey, can my mom come to dinner with us?”

And now I’m going to go the other way and say that I don’t understand the love that Regina still holds for her mother.  Henry knew that Regina was heartless and he believed that she was the Evil Queen — but did she ever rip out his best friend’s heart in front of him?  I’m worried that Cora will be able to manipulate Regina back into evil-mode — “love is weakness” was stated repeatedly throughout the episode and Regina is definitely struggling with seeing Henry reunited with Emma.

Snow and Charming!  I’m finally getting excited about this couple.

It looks like we’re saying farewell to Aurora and Mulan for now.  I’m sure they’ll find a way to bring Phillip’s soul back and I wonder how much we’ll see of that quest now that Cora’s in Storybrooke.

I’m looking forward to seeing Emma explore her magical talents and, now that she’s back, I’m looking forward to seeing her reaction to Henry’s dad — I’m sure Pinocchio will be bringing him into town any day now.  I’m also looking forward to Rumpel’s first meeting with Neil — I’m hoping that he is Baelfire.

Once Upon a Time returns Jan 6.  What do you think of the season so far?  What are you most looking forward to as the show progresses?

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    drush76 said,

    [“And now I’m going to go the other way and say that I don’t understand the love that Regina still holds for her mother. Henry knew that Regina was heartless and he believed that she was the Evil Queen — but did she ever rip out his best friend’s heart in front of him? I’m worried that Cora will be able to manipulate Regina back into evil-mode — “love is weakness” was stated repeatedly throughout the episode and Regina is definitely struggling with seeing Henry reunited with Emma.”]

    Because Cora is her mother. Unlike Henry, Regina does not confuse love with moral compass. Then again, Regina is an adult. And whatever Cora has done, she believed she was doing it for her daughter’s sake and for the love of her daughter. Love isn’t as pure and neat as many of us would like to believe.


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