Monday, 20 October 2014

The Apprentice

In this Rumple centric episode, we finally see Anna meet Rumple & she makes a deal with him for her to 'poison' the apprentice from the Sorcerer's Apprentice in exchange for info on why her parents were going away for Elsa. When the Apprentice shows her kindness, she can't bring herself to 'poison' him, only for it to be revealed it was actually an antidote for a potion that's turn him into a mouse. It turns out it was a test for Anna to try & give into the darkness, revealing that he wanted a tear from someone who had been tempted by darkness, but rejected it in order to open the box with his dagger. After he gets what he wants & reveals their parents were trying to find a way to get rid of Elsa's powers & that they feared her, Anna discovers she can control Rumple with the dagger & makes him reveal his intentions with the box (which is to put the dagger inside of it so he isn't controlled by it but still had his powers), send her home to Arendelle along with the box & to not hurt any of her family. Back in Arendelle, reunited with Kristoff, Anna tells him or her adventure & is now conflicted to tell her sister why their parents really left them. Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Emma asks Hook on a date & he goes to Rumple to get his hand back since he would like to embrace Emma with both his hands. Of course, magic always comes with a price so Rumple reveals it's cursed as it belonged to the ruthless pirate he used to be. The date goes well even after Hook is violent towards Will, but paranoid over the hand, he asks Rumple to change it back, only for him to reveal he wants to make a deal for him to help entrap the apprentice in Storybrooke in the hat he had found. Then it's revealed that Hook's hand wasn't cursed at all & it was all Hook's choice to beat Will, with Rumple now switching up the blackmail with altered video footage of entrapping the apprentice for revenge on Hook blackmailing him about Belle & the fake dagger. And it turns out the Snow Queen AKA Sarah Fisher isn't in the Storybrooke records, meaning that she didn't get into the town via curse & has been following Emma & is after her. Oh yeah, and Henry decides to help Regina find a way to save Marian by going undercover & working at his grandpa's shop as his apprentice!
This episode is a big improvement compared to the last couple of episodes & was very enjoyable to watch. Not only is the writing smarter & the tone more serious than before, but also it finally progressed very important plot details, particularly with the hat Rumple found in 4x01! I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks thanks to the funny interactions between Anna & Dark One Rumple & the way they've adapted The Sorcerer's Apprentice in the show is also very interesting & had an opportunity to be fun yet dark & serious (especially the opening featuring Zoso from Desperate Souls in season 1). Even the references didn't feel in your face like the Frozen ones have been at the moment like the fact the apprentice is turned into a mouse, the music being very similar to the short itself, the imagery & yes, even the alive broomstick makes an appearance which leads Rumple & Hook to the apprentice in Storybrooke! Even if they've been ruining Rumple's character in Storybrooke by turning him back into a complete jerk, I oddly enjoyed it as Hook did get what he deserved for blackmailing him & trying to screw with his marriage, which was just deliciously satisfying to watch for it all to come to bite him in the ass. Easily Robert's performance is easily what glues it all together in this episode & I adored seeing his Dark One self in the flashbacks with Anna & seeing more of Mr Gold in Storybrooke after being in the backseat for the last 2 episodes. All I wish for by the end of this half is for Rumple to have a deeper reasoning behind his regression other than that he's a selfish power obsessed man given how much he went through in season 3! And I'm glad Hook is getting screwed over for threatening to ruin Rumple's marriage so I had no sympathy for him when it turned out the hand wasn't cursed! Anyway, the CaptainSwan date bothered me even if it thankfully didn't overshadow everything else since, well, it's a bit weird Emma is turned on by Hook acting violent by his own accord right in front of her & the fact Will didn't tell her that it was him who beat & threatened him just bothered me! Oh yeah, and leaving him in jail just cos he interrupted their date...not cool! Anyway, I was kinda sad Regina didn't have nearly as enough screen time as others & I liked seeing Henry & Rumple interacting in the end, but I found it sad he's only doing it to go undercover. Clearly he's inherited his grandpa's cunning streak! And yes, although Rumbelle weren't in it together, I was prepared for that since it is a Rumple centric episode & the little bits were nice like his reactions to Hook's threats over her clearly show he loves her so much & doesn't want their marriage ruined & the fact he got flowers for her on his way home-AWWW!!!! Overall, this episode was very enjoyable to watch with fun writing, great plot progression, some pretty solid acting (especially from Robert, as always!) & is no exception to the long list of good Rumple centric episodes!
Nice to see you again Zoso!
'You know how to chase a snow monster, I know how to plan an evening out.' says the man who'd get women drunk to have sex with him!

I wouldn't make yourself at home in the shop if I were you Hook!
'This hand belonged to the man you used to be. Cunning, selfish pirate. If I reunite this with your body, there's no telling what influence it could have on you.' Rather fitting price if you ask me! 
Not really a fan of the dress & hair...don't get me wrong it's nice, but it's just not Emma if you get what I mean!
Love Mary Margaret acting like a overexcited mother when their teen daughter is going to prom or their first date!
Out of all the flowers he could have chosen he chose a red rose...that's Rumple's romantic gesture, not yours Hook or Killian whatever you're gonna be called now that you have both your hands!
*Sighs* so nice to see Dark One Rumple again!
Haha! 'Is there something wrong with your skin? Not that there's anything wrong with your skin!' 
Nice reference to the segment with the broom!
Yeah, that's definitely an Anna thing not going through with it since he showed her kindness!
Nice Lady & the Tramp reference!
How charming Hook/Killian/Captain Hand! 

Nice seeing Regina & Henry bonding!
 Ugh, it's not fair they get all the kisses while the other couples have had none!
HAHA! Love how they've turned into the cliched embarrassing parents after their teenage daughter has gone on a date (especially David)!
How nice, punching Will out & threatening him!
God, Dark One Rumple is just hilarious in this!
Very subtle reference to the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment!
Love Anna standing up to Rumple in her own adorkable naive way!
I'd be lying if I didn't say she was badass & Rumple constantly saying 'Do it!' had other connotations in my head...
So all he needed was a tear from her...?
Nice to see how he knows about the hat!
N'aww! Sweet he chose a bouquet of blue flowers that goes with his wife's eyes! Too bad we don't see him give them to her, but still, nice to see him still have a romantic side!

OK, you'd think he'd learn after the first time that's not gonna kill him unless he's powerless!
What the hell is the Snow Queen doing?!
Nice to see that Belle still goes to the library!
 Yeah, that looks pretty silly, but still a nice homage to Fantasia nonetheless!
Interesting that the hat stores magic...
Love that even as a mouse, the apprentice can beat Rumple's ass! 
Gotta say Anna is pretty badass using the dagger to make sure he doesn't get the box or hurt her family!
So the mansion the box was in does not belong to the apprentice...now I'm wondering how it got there if Anna had it in the past!
Rather grim price if you ask me!
Still love Kristoff & Sven's interactions!
AWW!!!!
'You were right. Dark One lies, Dark One tricks. This hand is nothing but a lump of flesh. The only thing it did was give you permission. Permission to be the man you really are. Not some puppy dog chasing after the object of his affection, but a ruthless pirate who'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. I did you a favour. I helped you remember the darkness that's underneath.' That's what you get Hook for trying to screw with Rumple's marriage!
 Nice callback to the spin-off show!
Aww, he just wants to be with Anastasia! At least she's not dead! <3
Aww! Nice to see them bonding even though Henry is pretty mean since he's going undercover!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Rocky Road

Completely ignoring the fact that the title reminds me of the ice cream flavour, this episode takes place shortly after White Out after the reveal that there's more than one person in Storybrooke with snow powers. While out having ice cream with Robin & Roland, Marian's heart is frozen thanks to the Snow Queen (yeah, she doesn't have a name yet so I'm just gonna call her that for now) & once. Meanwhile, Elsa discovers that she lost her memories of how she got in the vault & Rumple gives her a tracking spell to find the culprit behind Marian's freezing, while Hook blackmails him about the fake dagger threatening to tell Belle if he doesn't give him what he wants (yeah, although Rumple is back to being a jerk, Hook is no better now). Emma & David also investigate Any Given Sundae thanks to Will Scarlett (played by Michael Socha from OUATIW) & discover the same that it wasn't Elsa who froze Marian. Once they find her, it's revealed that she knows Emma & afterwards, it's also revealed Rumple knows that she knows Emma & offers his services for the Snow Queen, which she rejects. With Marian's freezing, it's revealed once Robin tries a True Love's Kiss on her it doesn't work as he's still in love with Regina & she ultimately preserves her by removing her heart just before the spell completely takes hold & puts it in her vault for safekeeping. Oh yeah, and Emma is avoiding Hook cos she doesn't want him to die like Graham & Neal, Henry agrees to help Regina find the author of the book called Operation Mongoose & Mary Margaret struggles with being the new mayor. Meanwhile in Arendelle, Elsa is concerned about Anna & it turns out that Hans (played by Tyler Jacob Moore) is after an urn which entraps people like her with his 12 brothers & to seize Arendelle. However, Elsa & Kristoff beat him to it & it turns out someone else was in the urn, The Snow Queen, who quickly defeats Hans & it's finally revealed that she is Anna & Elsa's aunt! (big shock? Seriously, why can't they have a villain that is not connected to a character via blood relation?)
This episode is an improvement over White Out since the tone is much more serious & I do like the focus on The Snow Queen character, with Elizabeth Mitchell's performance being fantastic, capturing a cold & subtle side to the character & making her threatening. Pretty far cry from Zelena & I am loving it! And the fact that not only does she know Emma, but that Rumple also knows that was a very interesting twist & I can't wait to see it be further explored more along with their interactions. Michael Socha as Will was also a nice addition & I love how they've kept the same lovable & snarky charm to the character from the spin-off. I even enjoyed seeing more of Elsa's & Kristoff's interactions together & it shows their love for Anna is equal & I loved seeing Hans, still being the crazy psychopath he was in the movie & honestly, seeing the jerks he has for brothers, it's no wonder he became evil! Anyway, although it wasn't a surprise the Snow Queen was Elsa's aunt at all, it's still kinda interesting to see more from Anna & Elsa's family also revealing that the snow powers were genetic! Seeing Regina & Henry bond was also very sweet to watch & I absoultely loved the scenes between her & Robin, especially when it's revealed he's still in love with her despite Marian being in the way of their relationship, with the acting from Lana & Sean being spot on!
While this is an improvement over the previous episode like I said, I have some big issues. For starters, the CaptainSwan scenes which, again, plague this episode while other characters aren't given the screen time they actually deserve i.e. Rumple, Belle, Regina...and when Emma mentions Graham & Neal being dead...no, just no! Pretty stupid reason to avoid Hook, darling! And I don't think she'll be pleased once she finds out he's blackmailing Rumple given that he gives him his hand in next week's episode! Anyway, another problem I have is Rumple's character development suddenly getting a 180 turn back to his season 1 self! I don't have as much of a problem since he has been through a hell of a lot & I do like season 1 Rumple as a funny charismatic bastard, but the main issue I have with it is how sudden it is now that he's newly married & has lost his son (who may I remind you, made a vow to at his grave that he quickly broke), but it feels like they're doing it to create some false conflict which was really uneeded & I think he should realize how lucky he is that he's been given a second chance in life with a loving wife he shouldn't take for granted...still, it's interesting to know that he knows the Snow Queen knows Emma! But the biggest issue I have is Hook blackmailing Rumple! There are so many plot holes like: how the hell did he deduct he gave Belle a fake dagger when he had absolutely no clue about it in the first place, why is he all of a sudden intefering with Rumple's personal life after all the hell he's caused & why does Rumple have to do what a smug pirate says while he's the bloody Dark One & could kill him at any time? Oh yeah, and it makes me hate Hook more than ever, forgot to mention that! I'm sorry, but this has put the nail in the coffin for me with Hook! I've never liked him, don't like him now & never ever gonna like him in the future!
Anyway, like I said, this is still a good episode & an improvement over 4x02! As for next week's episode, I am excited to see a Rumple centric episode & the interaction between him & Anna lookings interesting & I can't wait to see more of Belle & Rumple as a married couple, but the fact CaptainSwan are going on a date & him getting his hand back is obviously gonna overshadow everything & piss me off even more! Sorry, I freaking hate they're getting more screen time than everyone else!
Oh my gosh, Roland is so cute mentioning Regina letting him get ice cream!
OK, I don't think I wanna eat the ice cream at Any Given Sundae any time soon!
Bit weird he's asking her to use the dagger to prove to everyone that he doesn't know them even if it's clear he's lying!
Love Elsa's hair!
Nice to see Mary Margaret being mayor even if everyone is being rude about Elsa! 
1) Nice parallel to Frozen & 2) DEFINITELY not planning on going to Any Given Sundae any time soon!
Love seeing Regina & Henry bonding! By the way Operation Mongoose, pretty subtle since they're enemies with cobras!
Love Regina's reaction to the ugly hummingbird painting...seriously, it looks so out of place!
Haha! Still love seeing Kristoff & Sven!
 Kinda scary how much Tyler looks like Hans with the wig, costume & make-up!
Nice reference to the movie with the 200 ft drop!
Nice to see you Will Scarlett! Seriously though, he was the best thing about OUATIW!
I HATE YOU HOOK!!!! Yes, Rumple lied to his wife, but blackmailing him about it doesn't make you any better! Yeah, I'd rather have Rumple's lie blow up in his face instead of someone telling her!
Nice to see Archie looking out for Mary Margaret!
Oh my God... 
So that's where the urn she was in originally was...
Nice reference to the movie!
Seems Hans is still the massive douche! 
OK, this bit was pretty funny! Still doesn't change the fact he's an asshole!

LOVE the dress! Although I do wonder why is it that the villainesses have a lot of cleavage...
Well, that was pretty easy!

HAHA! 'HEY! DAIRY QUEEN!' Wait, she knows Emma?! HOW?!
Why am I not surprised that she's Anna & Elsa's aunt? 
OK, she looks very creepy...
So Marian is not Robin's True Love...HALLELUJAH!!!
So Regina's the one to save her...AGAIN!!!
Bloody hell, I thought I could try & tolerate them but this puts the nail in the coffin for me!
So Rumple knows the Snow Queen knows Emma...very interesting! And bloody hell, they had to make him regress back to his season 1 self?! I don't think his wife will be very pleased...