Saturday, 12 April 2014

Quiet Minds

Following The Tower, this episode centres on Belle and Neal, with their attempts to bring Rumple back from the dead with the help of Lumiere (played by Henri Lubatti), a French enchanted candlestick, who you might know from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast! They discover the Dark One's vault, which is supposed to revive him with a key, and the cost being a life for a life. Unfortunately, without knowing the price or even caring about it, Neal is the one to turn the key as he is sp desperate to get his father back and return to Henry. No only that, but it's also revealed that the Wicked Witch used Lumiere to trick Belle and Neal into reviving Rumple so she could control him with his dagger. The Storybrooke scenes reveal Neal's whereabouts (finally) and Belle helps the group with finding information about what could've revived Rumple and a mysterious burn mark on Neal's hand. Also, Regina finally discovers Robin Hood is her soulmate after seeing the lion tattoo that Tinker Bell told her about. That's all I can really say about the Storybrooke scenes in terms of a summary!
Now, before I go into my thoughts, I thought I should address the big elephant in the room about what happened near the end of the episode: Neal's death. I knew a series regular would die in the show and Neal was one of the last on my list (honestly, my top choice was Hook) I loved Neal so much and it is very very sad that he was the one who had to go! He will never be forgotton and thankfully, he died a hero. Although, yes, this was a hard episode after the third act, it's one of my favourite season three episodes! The emotional stakes were high, the acting was great, finally, the writers realised the love triangle was pointless, Belle was included and treated well, Lumiere was a great addition (better used than Rapunzel by the way) and I just want Zelena to die now! But, I doubt that's gonna happen as the next episode happens to be called 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'
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Why is Mary Margaret's maternity wardrobe really restricted?
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Yay! They told Belle! 
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I bet Mary Margaret secretly ships Rumbelle!
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Thank you for addressing the fact Hook tried to kill her twice! Could've been a more sincere apology though!
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AWWWW!!!! 'I love him. All of him. Even the parts that belong to the darkness.' 
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HE STILL HAS THE SWAN NECKLACE!!!
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Love Belle's outfit! Except for the booty shorts...maybe tan jeans would've been better!
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Love Lumiere's design for OUAT!
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FINALLY! Neal's back! 
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What the fridge is that?
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Looks interesting!
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Did she just call our Belle stupid?
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ARE YOU A MORON MARY MARGARET?! Use your eyes! Use your ears! It's obviously her now!
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OK, that was pretty badass! 
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OK, this was oddly sweet!
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Poor Rumple! And I'm guessing the voices in his head are what the title is refering to!
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OutlawQueen have more chemistry in less than 2 minutes than a season & a half of CaptainSwan pandering! 
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SHE SAW THE TATTOO!
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Well, at least we know Rumple BUILT the library for Belle! Aww!
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Aww! Love it when they bond over their former lovers being evil monsters or affiliated with them!
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Thank you writers for finally letting Belle use her smarts!
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That's just creepy...
AWWW!!!!!!
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The Floof Family together for the last time! :( 
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This is so so sad! :(
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I WANNA KILL YOU ZELENA!
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No, please don't hit me in the feels any more!
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NO!!!!!!!!!!! :'''(
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 DIE ZELENA! JUST DIE ALREADY! I'd be more than happy to throw a bucket of water over you if that would kill you!
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Poor poor poor Rumple! :'(
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Poor poor Belle! :'(
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Easily the saddest ending to an OUAT episode ever! :'(

The Tower

This episode this time round is much more of a character study and centres on the theme of fear instead of following the story. Easily one of the darkest episodes in the show, we get to see David's perspective on Mary Margaret's pregnancy, hiding his fears about failing their child like he unintentionally did with Emma. Zelena, spiking tea with nightroot, summons a physical form of his fears to confront them in order to take his courage away from him, therefore making him the show's version of the Cowardly Lion. We see some boring CaptainSwan moments with him trying to In the flashbacks, we got to see Charming's view of Snow's pregnancy, with Robin Hood convinving him to find night root which is said to get rid of your fears. During a quest to find them, he comes across the long haired princess Rapunzel, hiding in the tower after a witch took her up there while trying to find nightroot to calm her fears of becoming  a leader after her brother died. And if I can be honest it really disappointed me!
I'm sorry, I just thought Rapunzel and her backstory was very very weak! I was so excited to see her in the show when she was announced, but all we got was a one dimensional and boring character just used as a plot device to benefit Charming's arc. Now, I'm not saying Alexandra Metz did a bad job! In fact, she did well with what little material she got! And the pacing of the flashbacks was way too slow in my opinion! If anything, the Rapunzel scenes took place in less than an hour! This is a case where you need Disney's version to benefit Rapunzel's character, or even the Brothers Grimm's version to make the story darker, not a made up one to benefit an established main character! The Captain Swan stuff, like I said, really bothered me since we still don't know where Neal is, and he's just being rude after she had her heart broken by Walsh! And Mary Margaret, AGAIN, was just being an idiot with Zelena, being completely unsuspicious about her, and even David of all people doesn't trust her!
This episode is a total dud, right? Actually, there are some good things, and my biggest praise is the opening nightmare! Everything about it, the acting, visuals, music, dialogue, effects was wonderfully put together to see Charming & Emma have the life they could've had if it weren't for the curse (and her dress was stunning!) And the concept with the nightroot was actually very interesting to see, but if it were me, I would've saved the fear theme for a future episode if Elsa from Frozen were ever to appear in the show! Overall, probably the first season 3 episode which really disapopointed me. Hopefully things are different when Lumiere & Neal appear next time in Quiet Minds!
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Like I said, love Emma's dress! Feels so nice to see her be the princess she could've been!
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AWW! Charming/Emma daddy/daughter moment feels!
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OK, getting very creepy...
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Poor Charming! 
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How didn't he notice her growing bump beforehand? Serious question!
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Get the hell away from Rumple, you BITCH!
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AWWW! Belle has taken over running the shop!
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'You must be Mrs Gold' PLEASE LET THAT BE A RUMBELLE WEDDING FORESHADOWING!
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Clearly some habits can't be broken so easily...
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Nice to see some of a Robin/Charming friendship!
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Come on, Mary Margaret, even David is suspicious! Whatever happened to the smart Snow who wouldn't be so eager to trust someone that quickly?
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Gee, that doesn't look suspicious does it (?)
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*sighs* the iconic climbing the tower with Rapunzel's hair scene!
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Well, Rapunzel certainly has the pretty princess archetype going for! 
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Now THAT is just creepy! Certainly fitting the bill with going dark!
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Zelena, you're meant to be a midwife, not a therapist! Get your false occupation right!
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Aww! Regina/Henry feels!
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Ugh, this fan service is really hurting! Stop pushing a one sided 'relationship' down our throats & get one with the plot!
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OK, when ever have you heard the words 'Prince Charming is holding a mobile phone and a sword in his hands' put together?
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Hmm, nice reference to the Wizard of Oz movie!
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Why does that bike look so familiar...?
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WHAT THE-?!
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OK, THAT is definitely creepy!
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Who else wanted to sing Let It Go from Frozen after Charming said 'Let It Go?'
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And now her very underdeveloped character arc has ended!
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Is it odd I prefer Josh acting as evil Charming?
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Well, at least they did something better than Tangled by leaving her hair longer after it was cut!
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Hmm, so Belle and Regina are now friends!
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OK, that was sweet! And loving Belle's dress!
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And that was also sweet!
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YAY! They know Rumple's alive...and where the hell is he?!