Monday, 21 July 2014

The Return

This one features Rumple's backstory as we finally learn how he 'lost' his son. Sick of his father's obsession with power & torturing innocent people, Baelfire strikes a deal with Rumple that if he can find a way to a world without magic, Rumple will be his loving father again. After taking advice from his friend Morraine, he seeks help from Rheul Gorm AKA The Blue Fairy, who gives him the last remaining magic bean in their land that can transport him & his father to a land without magic where they can finally be together. However, Rumple, still obsessed with power tries (and looking at  3x08, his reasoning is more understandable) to convince him not to go through believing it will keep them apart. But sadly, Baelfire goes through alone, with Rumple instantly regretting his decision & vowing to spend eternity finding his son (takes about 300 years) Meanwhile in Storybrooke, as the Kathryn murder saga has drawn to a close due to the fact that she's actually alive, Regina realizes Gold didn't kill her as she thought it would go, but rather abducted her as she wished something 'tragic' would happen. This leads to Gold believing August, the mystery man, is his son after finding a picture of his dagger in his room & Mother Superior telling him that the reason he was in town was to reconcile with his long lost father. Taking advice from Archie, Gold confronts August & tearfully apologises for his actions after confirming he is his son. But unfortunately, it's later shown that August is not Baelfire, as he attempts to use the dagger (finally revealed to be what Gold was digging in 1x07 as he didn't want anyone getting it) to control the Dark One without knowing that the reason why Baelfire chose to our world was because there was no magic. But then it's revealed that August needs magic as he's sick & dying from an unknown illness. The day after, Regina uses Sidney as a scapegoat for the case with Kathryn by confessing to the abduction, fake DNA results on the heart they found & the whole set-up which Emma doesn't buy. And for revenge, she vows to get custody of Henry & take away what Regina loves.
I absolutely love this episode! Not only does it again show Robert Carlyle's amazing acting (especially in the apology scene between him & August & after Baelfire goes through the portal), but also how much more human the character is & that his motivation has always been his son, no matter what he's done in the past. I even felt sorry for Baelfire as all he wanted more than anything was his father back and the fact he still (regretably) chooses power makes his plight even more tragic & sympathetic. And even if August is not Baelfire, it'll still be interesting to see who he really is and whether or not his reasoning for being in Storybrooke is true. And I am so glad that the whole Kathryn murder plot/love triangle has finally come to an end as that was my main gripe with season 1 & I like that David had finally considered her feelings over it all & is taking responsibility over his actions. However, I don't like that Emma is suddenly wanting to get custody of Henry. Yes, I get that she's angry that Regina lied & doesn't think is a good influence on him, but does she actually know anything about being a mother & consider the consequences of her actions? Anyway, despite that one little nitpick, there's no denying that this is one of my favourite season 1 episodes!
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Uh...who is he calling? By the way, nice Pinocchio reference with the wooden donkey!
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I feel so sorry for Kathryn after what she's been through! Finding out her husband loves another woman, being lied to, being abducted, drugged and-yeah I think you get it!
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Maybe next time Regina should be more specific about her deals & requests! So technically Gold didn't break it!
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OK...pretty odd yet cruel punishment!(Bit of context, Baelfire was nearly ran over by someone, Rumple noticed a cut on his knee & blamed the man with the cart)
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Eww....pretty bleak! 
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Pretty generous of her to give David & Mary Margaret their blessing considering how much of a douche he's been! 
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Nice banner! And looks like we have all the Storybrooke versions of the dwarves!
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OK...bit weird for 10 year olds to make a card like that given the context!
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Hmm...could August be Gold's son? And interesting description of him Emma! 'A typewriter wrapped in enigma, wrapped in stubble.'
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So that's what August was looking for in his office!
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I love Baelfire & Morraine's friendship! If it weren't for him being Neal, being Henry's father & Emma's ex, I think they would've made a cute couple!
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'She was mute!'...epic fail!
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OK, I get that you hate nuns, but threatening to raise their rent if she won't tell him what August was talking to her about is pretty mean! 
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Interesting version of a magic bean!
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Haha! 'You here for the rent?' 'Why does everyone always ask me that?' 
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Have to say, I love this entire scene! Shows how much he's been holding back emotionally being filled with regret! 
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OK, I'll admit, the design for the portal is pretty cool!
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SYMBOLISM!!!
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Poor Bae!
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If you didn't cry or at least get teary eyed in this bit, then your heart must've been ripped out by Cora!
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OH! So that's what he was burying in 1x11! Or was it 1x07...?
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Huh? He isn't Baelfire?
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'Who are you Booth?' Probably the question is everyone's minds after that!
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Well at least he can see the benefits of a powerless dagger! Can still stab people!
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So he's sick & dying...from what?! And how can magic cure him?
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Well now I can understand Gold's hatred for nuns!
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'You drove him away!' Uh, he just lost his son! You don't need to rub it in he was partly to blame!
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Clearly love not only can make you blind, but also stupid! Poor naive Sidney!
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Pretty big announcement Emma...

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Stable Boy


In this episode, we finally learn the real reason why Regina hates Snow White (not because she thought Snow was prettier than her as mentioned in the Pilot). In her late teens, she had a secret love with her stable boy Daniel, despite her manipulative, controlling mother Cora (Barbara Hershey) wanting her to get married for status. she saves a young Snow White (Bailee Madison) from a horse gone wild, leading up to her father King Leopold to propose to her so his daughter can have a mother. However, Cora accepts the proposal for her, which leads to Regina wanting to elope with Daniel, only to be caught by a confused Snow White and promises not to tell Cora about their liason. However, Cora manipulates Snow into telling her by pulling the 'I want my daughter to be happy' card and ends up killing Daniel in front of Regina, forcing her to marry Leopold & become queen. Then she discovers Snow broke her promise & thus begins her slow into The Evil Queen, despite Cora setting everything up. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, the trial for Kathryn's murder is under way as Mary Margaret is interrogated by the DA (King George's Storybrooke counterpart) & admits she wanted Kathryn gone as she was the only thing in the way of her relationship with David. Gold (and the audience) understandably, is pissed off as he's her lawyer, which leads Emma to take the case in her own hands along with August, discovering a piece of a shovel at the scene of the crime which matches the shovel in Regina's shed, only to find it gone the next day & accuses August of lying to her. However, it turns out Regina knows Mary Margaret didn't commit the crime & reveals she's doing it for revenge, which leads up to the big reveal that Kathryn is in fact alive.
Overall, I loved this episode as we get finally to see Regina's backstory as an innocent young woman & wasn't born evil. Lana's performance was fantastic, as was Barbara Hershey essentially playing the fairy tale version of Rose from Gypsy & manages to make the character literally the mother of all evil. Bailee Madision, not only resembling Goodwin, also manages to show child actors can actually be good managing to copy mannerisms of adult Snow White & convey her innoncence with the situation. Emma in Storybrooke, I personally thought was a bit too harsh throughout to August, just trying to help her with the murder case. And Mary Margaret, I personally thought was pretty stupid especially during the interrogation as she knew that all the evidence was going against her & anything she could've said could've been used against her. Anyway, Ginnifer's acting was also great, but I personally thought the flashbacks made the episode & honestly, is partly why this is considered one of my favourite season 1 episodes!

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I wonder what the significance of that ring is..
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Hmm! Nice to see the origins of the deal between Gold & Regina to ruin Mary Margaret's life!
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Nice to see a more youthful Regina!
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Hi Erica Sayers/Nina's mum from Black Swan!
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The stable boy looks cute!
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This is textbook example of child abuse & manipulation! I already hate Cora yet we've only seen her for 2 minutes!
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Aww!
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Considering how much of an ass he's been, I can understand why Emma wouldn't want him near Mary Margaret!
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So Cora was a  miller's daughter...maybe from Rumplestiltskin?
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Oh my God, Bailee Madison looks so much like Ginny, it's scary! They could be long lost sisters, they look that much alike!
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Aww! Nice to see how sweet their relationship was before everything went horribly!
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What a bloody coincidence that Charming's tyrant adoptive father is the DA in Storybrooke!
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Gold's reaction to Mary Margaret wishing Kathryn was gone=the entire audience!
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Love her dress!
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Ever since 3x18, this has been much more creepy given the subtext & that he was engaged to her mother & according to the writers, he knew who Cora was in this scene!
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And given the backstory like I mentioned, this bit makes it much weirder with Cora saying yes!
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AH! Now I get why the ring means so much!
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OOOOH!!!
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Pretty sweet & ironic Regina was the one who taught Snow about True Love!
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Nice seeing August helping Emma with her 'writer's block'!
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Haha! 
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So it seems that they've caught Regina out!
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...I hate you Cora! Why is it that she has to manipulate an innocent child to get information out of her?!
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Being a bit harsh on August, aren't ya Emma?
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Have to say I love Ginny's acting in this scene!
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How can Regina be so cruel?!
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I HATE YOU CORA! Easily the worst mother in the show!
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Poor poor Regina!
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I swear she's victimising herself in her relationships with Rumple & Jonathan (Zelena's father) in this speech!
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Nice wedding dress!
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The birth of The Evil Queen!
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'I'm sorry. I just didn't want you to lose your mother. Like I lost mine.' Oh. The. Irony! 
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Now looking at her backstory, I kinda get why Regina hates Snow, but if anything, it was Cora's fault!
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WHAT?! SHE'S ALIVE?!