Once Upon a Time "Lady of the Lake" Review: A Million Little Pieces

Once Upon a Time S02E03: "Lady of the Lake"

Guys, I'm going to level with you: I am kind of delirious with what I think is the flu and simple exhaustion this week, however as loyal fans of OUaT know, that sort of stuff only enhances the viewing experience as this show is essentially a fever dream. So I'm going to restate point by point what I saw last night and please let me know in comments if the giant half-naked Ogre breathing on Emma was just a product of cough syrup and elevated body temperature:

– Cora was a real sly-boots in the hole where Emma and Snow found themselves in Fairy-Tale World. She immediately started putting herself at arm's length from Regina; luckily Snow woke up and told Emma not to trust a word coming out of her mouth. (So much sense. So many good choices. Thank you, Snow.)

– Into this mélange of Disney fairy tales Lancelot has stepped, a figure from the tales of King Arthur which not only have extremely religious subtexts but are incredibly grisly and weirdly reflect a kind of folk oral history of an actual British ruler. So holy wars are now sitting alongside dwarves popping out eggs, guys, just FYI.

– Emma tucked into a roasted platter of CHIMERA. Do you think it tasted like corned beef hash?

– Mulan was described as the bravest warrior, by Lancelot—note he did not say the most effective, because let's face it she looks like a 98-pound yoga instructor. With Rufio hair. No offense, girl, I like the hair it's cute, it's just a lot of effort for someone who is camping 24/7 and a soldier.

– Aurora swore vengeance for the death of her Prince, but we all knew she was mostly angry about getting kicked in the crotch. That's right, Aurora is a cold-blooded killer now. When Emma, Snow, and Mulan headed out of the camp on their adventure, you could see her mean-mugging them.

– King George only got that one garment back in the day, which was a crinkly dress with a heart-shaped neckline. In an incredibly dark turn, he tricked Snow into drinking a potion that STERILIZED HER.

– Anyone watching this show who can't have kids, apparently you are in for a world of grief, according to OUaT, because fostering/adoption are clearly not options either according to the show's logic and family is everything. Seriously yikes.

– Jefferson, who until now had eagerly stalked his daughter for the last 28 years, has decided not to reach out to her now that she's looking at him. He could just be offended by the portraits of him she's drawn. Seriously though this is incredibly inconsistent with everything we know about Jefferson.

– Henry is an adept emotional manipulator who not only has the ability to just talk Jefferson into becoming a dad again, but knows how to press all the buttons on mom Regina to fetch her keys and rifle through her Magical Crypt.

– Sometimes people's necks get snapped in fairy tales.

– Snow White had the most awkward meeting with her mother-in-law possible. "Hi, what a lovely blouse that's pinned to your chest by that arrow" Awwwwkwwwwaaaaard.

– Sleeping Beauty attempted to murder Snow in cold blood in a field, and is officially an asshole.

– After being told ogres hunt through sound, Emma fired a gun to keep Snow and Sleeping Beauty from fighting, then preceded to trip over a ram skull and then kind of hang out to check and see what ogres looks like. They dress in very skimpy clothes.

– Mary Margaret truly is no more and Snow White is an admirable badass. She killed an ogre to protect Emma with a perfect arrow through the eye.

– Snow's increasingly nightmarish smalltalk with her mother-in-law led to a reveal that Charming is a bit of a chauvinist and his mom trafficks with gypsies. Snow revealed that her womb is a dried-up tamale husk because of the wicked curse of a man dressed up like Miss Minchin from A Little Princess.

– Everyone hates Aurora, who was chilly despite being bundled up in a bedsheet. In a moment of butch chivalry, Emma gave Sleeping Beaty her leather jacket. Is it the L-word guys? I would be kind of very into that.

– Because their lives are extremely sad (as was this episode), Charming and Snow rushed to get married before his mother passed away, propping his mom up for a good view before setting up a quick flowered arch for what had to be the saddest wedding ceremony ever. I can't even take it. Their lives are so infinitely terrible, like if a mirror of sorrow was set up across from a mirror of agony. Also as anyone who has attempted to assemble an arch like that in real life knows, those things are very hard to put together and Charming and Snow were really trifling with the woman's shelf life. Also, isn't it excruciatingly painful to have an arrow through your chest?

– Lancelot coyly mentioned the legend of a "cup" which was a reference to THE HOLY GRAIL. Snow White and Charming were nodding along like "Yup, Holy Grail, the Crusades, fairy dust, it's all a rich tapestry." Meanwhile, a thousand folklore professors in countries around the globe collapsed in apoplectic fits.

– I didn't realize when I thought the deathbed wedding ceremony was sad it was basically as joyful as eating an ice cream cone while flying down a waterslide compared to watching Snow walk Emma through the wrecked nursery and listening to her wistfully describe the childhood she had planned that both of them were robbed of. Snow was like< "I never got to dress you for your first ball" and Emma was like "I hijacked limos outside my senior prom."

– Uh-oh! Cora has all her powers and has been masquerading as Lancelot so she could find a portal into Our World and really give Regina a talking-to. Or kill Henry. Or start a successful cosmetics company. The world would literally be her oyster.

– Emma BURNED DOWN THE PORTAL with bullet powder because of course she did.

– Emma confessed she isn't used to people putting her first, Snow held her close and told her to get used to it, and just when I thought all my tears were spent Snow saw the nursery as it could have been. What's especially sad about this is that Emma is just such a broken person in so many respects. It's not just never getting to cuddle your baby, play with your kid, share memories with your teen. It's like someone stole Snow's puppy and then beat it with a tire iron and now she's got this angry dog snapping at her at every turn. I know that's a huge point in the series but this show made it painfully clear how terrible the curse truly was. Upside, though: Snow is still physically the same as she was 28 years ago and she and Charming should probably just have another baby. When they get into the same dimension together.

– Snow was elected leader of the band of Disney Princesses. She's already got the Joan of Arc hair, take note, Mulan.

– Cora snapped up some portal ashes. The "Bwahaha!" sound effect my have just been in my mind.

– In another emotional sucker punch, Jefferson scooped his daughter up in a hug and the actor showed an incredible amount of control over his eyes. Seriously the eye-acting here was incredible and he should get contacts with tiny gold Oscars put in so that his eyes will look like they're carrying around trophies.Just a thought.

– Charming and Henry had a sword fight through the streets, even though you'd think they would've been better off in a park, but whatever, and they were seen by...

– KING GEORGE LIVES!! And he's found a suit, bless his heart. How long 'til he de-fertilizes Charming?!

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QUESTIONS:

– That all happened, right?

– Does Cora just want into the "real world" to smack Regina around?

– Round table + fairy tales: a comfortable fit or two different genres?

– Did you tear up while watching this episode?

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Unforchanetly it's about fifty fifty in the legends whether Merlin is on Arthur's side or not so I doubt that the creators would put suck a powerful person on the good side and if they do his magic probably doesn't work or something. Anyways I think that the original Prince James, Charming's twin was Arthur Pendragon.
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Hey, you write really well when you're sick!



As for King Arthur and fairy tales: have you never seen Disney's "The Sword and the Stone", based on White's "The Once and Future King" (based on Mallory's "Morte d'Arthur", based on some stuff a monk wrote in England in the 8th century, based (so very, very loosely) on reality)?



Point: Arthurian legend is already, however obscurely and forgotten-like, part of the Disney canon. Lancelot was never in "Sword and the Stone", but come on -- you know Merlin is around here somewhere, and he's going to wreck Cora's world one of these days. That'll make it all worth it.



And as a person of religious persuasion myself, I'm happy with them not going any farther into the grail this episode, nor will they -- the grail, while supposed to be the cup of Christ in the legend, symbolized the divine power to heal the land more than the faith itself.



And you know, fairytale land could use some healing . . .
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The Grail has been linked with the mother goddess' Cauldron of Healing in Celtic mythology- either way, that would be a great way to put FTL back together!

I'd love to see Merlin show up one way or another- FTL or Storybrooke.

I wonder if Madame Mim is part of Maleficient's personality? Might explain the pink and purple outfits...
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I almost thought, at the beginning of the episode, that the Leviathan would turn out to be Dr. Whale, since they mentioned something about "striking from the depths" and whatnot.
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Me too! He's just gotta still be around- too cool!
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Jennifer Morrison sucks as an actress. She is simply the worst thing about this show. You've got Barbara Hershey, been around since she was on "Ed" Ginnifer Goodwin, and the two facial expression capacity of Jennifer Morrison. I hope Aurora kills her because Sarah Bolger, again, 1000x better actress than Morrison. She must be pretty bad to get fired from a procedural ("House").



Would have been so much better had they cast someone with some range and talent to play the lead.
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You don't have to be bad at a job to get fired- just aggravate the wrong people.

Emma is a tough character in more than one sense; she also has some of the dumbest dialogue. Not an easy task for any actor. (I wanna see the outtakes!)

James Earl Jones once confessed that the only reason he didn't have more trouble delivering Darth Vader's lines was that he didn't have much of a sense of humor. And that character was iconic!

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I waver between whether it's the writing or her acting. I think all the actors are given some really stupid lines. Most of them can pull them off. But Emma has been written extraordinarily badly, and Morrison isn't the most talented actor in the cast by a long shot so the lines are even more noticably wince-worthy. The two things that bother me the most are her monotone delivery (all her lines are delivered in the same pitch with the same meter and attitude, occasionally sped up if she is angry or trying to explain herself) and her facial expression (a near constant grimace with the edges of the mouth turned down and the forehead crinkled). These two things in particular make her very unlikeable and unattractive as a character. I'm sure she's really frustrated as an actor as well. Hopefully she will develop some sort of range this season as her past and future come together....+
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I disagree. I think that Jennifer Morrison plays her role very well. She's really good at creating a vulnerability to her character and yet delivers every line with power. Emma Swan is a complex role, and who is constantly balancing between strong and helpless, but is perfectly interpreted by Jennifer.
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This episode reminded me just how much I love this show for all the little details.



I enjoyed Lancelot's storyline. He's not the first character you would think of at the top of your head when you think of fairytales but OUAT has made it clear they're not just sticking to Disney fairytales but also folklores and myths. I hope he really isn't dead... Along with Graham... and Phillip... Wishful thinking....



Loved the nod to the Holy Grail. I was eating it all up when Lancelot said that as Snow drank from the cup that would heal her.



I almost cried when Emma and Snow were in the nursery. You could see how hurt Snow was thinking of all the things she was never able to do with her child. Great acting!
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the new characters are starting to bug me. Lancelot turned out to be dead. Yeah, gone too soon. Aurora, a real sleeping, spoiled, naive princess. Boring. And biggest disappointment so far, Mulan. You're a friggin' general, and on the moment you realized Lancelot was dead, fear rushes and gave the authority to the stranger you even captured a couple of days ago. She lead seven dwarfs, you conquered with an army. Can you see where am heading with this? Where is Belle when I need her.
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This is what I learned from Sheriff Emma: if you have the only gun in this universe, with the only six (or less) bullets in it, you should waste one shooting into the air, ESPECIALLY when you're surrounded by blind ogres that follow sounds like bats.
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First thing I thought when I saw the flower arch was - how long did it take to make that?



Fostering/adoption are options since King George adopted Charming's twin, but he is kind of evil so...
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Rumplestilskin: worst social worker EVER.
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Emma might argue that, but I doubt anyone else will...
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I think King George did not "adopted" Charming's twin, I think they must made up some kind of story about the Queen pregnancy and the "birth" of King Georges son...with Rump's help obviously...
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I cried like a baby! It was all real and one of the best OUaT yet :) Cora wants revenge...and where the hell has King George been all this time???
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He's the District Attorney- the one who helped Regina railroad Snow? and the one who Regina dealt with to get Mr Gold out of jail? So I'm guessing next week he'll try to arrest Charming for letting Henry skip school!
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Awesome review. Hilarious and on as always. I'm late to this party because my stupid life keeps interfering with my TV watching. I might quit my life tomorrow. :)

-Yes that all happened. And it was awesome.

-I don't really care if that's the end result. Because that would be awesome.

-If this show were on HBO, had fantastic special effects and redefined story-telling and was a lasting work of art, I'd hate the mixing of folk history and fairy tales. Since this is something that is awesomely fun, I don't care.

-You bet I did. Eye acting indeed. See also, Ginnifer Goodwin being awesome.
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If this show was on HBO Jennifer Morrison would not be within a 1000 miles of it.
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To sum it up....Awesome!! LOL! I thought I was the one that used that word a million times! I love it! Awesome! : )
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well, Emma can take her jacket of any time for me. Wow, did you see those arms. She must be working out every day, but looked very sexy.
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Pretty okay episode. Charming still is now officially the most badass in StoryBrooke as Snow is in fairytale land. Emma is still adjusting to a new surrounding. Aurora is still in princessy mode. Mulan, not sure what to say about her motivation in all of this. I'll wait for her flashback.



One thing that I could get my mind out of is Ogres are blind but in order to kill it, you shoot them in the eye. Really writers? No hatin, just sayin.
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For many animals, including man and hominids, the eye is one of the easiest ways to pierce the brain. Hunters know that while many animals have a thick skull, there's less bone to pierce if you go through the eye. It has nothing to do with how well the eye works.
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Seriously? Not a single mention of Mr Gold? ^_^



Anyhow, thanks for this review. It was hilarious especially the folklore professors bit! I can't wait to see what happens next. :O
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-I didn't tear up because I have faulty tear ducts but it totally tugged at my heartstrings by having all the emotional bonds and goodness that I love in shows. Romantic love, or sexual attraction is so easy to see on tv, nothing thrilling about it. You want to really give a show depth? Add to all the complex and inexplicable emotional bonds that come with close friendships, new alliances, family. That's what draws me in every single time. Snow and Emma the whole episode through having this back and forth and the reconnecting and explaining each other's worlds thing. Loved it. Loved seeing Emma out of her element and Snow being the badass that she is. The scene in the nursery was sooo touching. I also loved Charming and Henry moments...so cute. It's almost like they deliberately slip in these mannerisms that are identical to further solidify this grandfather/grandson bond. Love it. The Mad Hatter reuniting with his daughter...loved it. Sure it was ooc that he would be so reluctant to be with her after trying to be with her all that time but Sebastian Stan is incredible and by the time he hugged her and looked like he was sobbing his beautiful blue eyes out I was all warm and fuzzy inside. Did I mention I love Sebastian Stan? Because I do. He's awesome.

-I don't know what it is about Snow where she can impact so many people, male and female. Anyone who is halfway decent finds themselves in love with this woman, admiring to the point of risking their own lives to help her in whatever endeavors she sets out for. I especially love how they show all of these males who have this fondness for her, but they manage to do it in a platonic, non-sexual way. It happened with the Huntsoman and it happened with Sir Lancelot. And let me say it now. I LOVED Sinqua Walls as Sir Lancelot!!! I instantly loved his character and his interpretation of it. I really hope he isn't dead or that we won't see him in that role again, because in just an episode, in the first few seconds he made such an impression that I found myself simply adoring his character. Sir Lancelot was the best.

-Aurora needs to go back to sleep. I can't stand her. I think the problem is we've gotten so spoiled with this modern day interpretation of fairy tales that we've gotten the cliche and it's just not appealing. What I love about OUAT is they took these stories and these female characters and made them empowering, independent, fierce...so unlike the helpless damsels in distress that we were traditionally brought up on. So far all the females have been that way, and then Aurora comes along and blows it all to hell. She's bitchy, bratty, bordering on pathetic and helpless and just a royal pain in the ass. In a show where all the females and the princesses are the antithesis of stereotypically "princessy" she's the cliche "princess". Not a fan.

- YES! The 4th generation. Because 3 generations of drama and confusion wasn't enough! The ultimate new big bads being Cora and the King?! I love it already! Intergenerational warfare...sons against fathers, daughters against mothers, grandkids against step/grandparents. Great grandkids against Great grandparents.Things are about to get real! After all that angst I practically fell off the sofa at that ending!
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Yes, agreed. More Lancelot! I hope we get to know his story soon, he seemed like a nice guy. But the whole time I saw him, I was like "omg Boyd!" (From Teen Wolf). And oh, he has the coolest name ever.
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I know right?! LOL!
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Gotta agree with you about Sinqua Walls- I even forgive Guenivere for breaking Arthur's heart, no matter who they get to play that couple!

Also agree about Aurora. But I hated Abigail until the episode about Frederick, so maybe she'll redeem herself. (The clock starts now...)

I find the cross-generational bits of this interesting too. Draw up a family tree, and start mapping alliances- we won't be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys for all the double-crossing going on!
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Oh right Abigal! Yeah I didn't like her until the episode with Fredrick too but she was still kind of strong and fierce in her own way, even if she wasn't likeable. Aurora is just....ugh. You have a point though. I shall wait and see what's to come.





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Agree that Abigale in the end had her own type of internal power, but that totally didn't come across when we first met her, think abut that scene int he carriage when she was nagging him; or when she first met Charming and was looking down her nose at him. We know now that was because she wanted Fredrick and was unhappy to be given away like a prize at a fair, but there's no denying she came across as a witch with a capital B.

It will take a lot to make it happen now, but maybe that's the plan with Aurora
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Hey speaking of, whatever happened to Abigail? It's going to be weird if they went through the whole Kathryn/Abigail/Frederick storyline last season and then don't pick them up at all this season. Especially after introducing us to the soccer coach version of Frederick and all. It's like after they found out she was alive, we were supposed to forget all about it. David mentioned in the finale last season that she turned down an apartment in Boston, so she must still be in SB somewhere... right? I kinda liked her. :-/
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Abigail and Frederick have been locked in the bedroom! The season opener is the same day the Curse was broken, and I think it's only been 24 hours since. Maybe a little longer, but 3 days max.



Did Midas come to Storybrooke? I haven't seen him, but I might have missed him at the town meeting or something.
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You'd think! They have so much going on already...but this show continues to surprise me so I can't rule anything out!
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Snow White = Bad Ass. Did anyone else think of Ripley in Aliens 2 when Snow said " get away from my daughter"? Nice to have you back Snow. I certainly wouldn't mess with you!

Emma = Dumb Ass. Did she learn nothing from her dragon slaying escapade? A gun Emma? Really?! even if it DID work against ogres and dragons, how many bullets does it have left again? she really needs to accept the fairytale reality, get with the programme, and get one of her parents to teach her how to use a sword!

Henry = Smart Ass. (obviously brains skip a generation in their family. Luckily for him) he is getting really manipulative. I can see evidence of Regina's influence on him. Poor Reg. Did you see her face light up when he invited her for dinner? I actualy felt sorry for her.

I am glad to see Cora in fighting form. I was worried that she'd gone soft. Can't wait until she crosses into our world. Regina vs Cora looks set to be one helluva of a prize fight!

Although I accept OUaT reality I nearly choked to see that they'd included Arthurian legend. (there is a difference between fairy tales and myths guys!) but what the hell. In for a penny... It's a shame that they killed off Lancelot so quickly. I think that character had potential (and the actor was guite easy on the eyes).I hope Aurora get s less annoying soon. Not sure how much of her I can stand.
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I kinda think Cora is going to try kicking Rumplestiltskin's butt too- she's got to suspect his involvement... If Cora hadn't gone missing, Regina wouldn't have been manipulated into casting the Dark Curse!
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This is the best show on the air at this days.There is so much crap on TV today (like Last Resort,Revolution even Fringe fails to deliver) it nice to have something to look forward to.

I like Cora I think she is going make this season interesting.I also like the part where they introduce the king Arthur world into fairytale world.I hope we get to see King Arthur,Merlin and the Excalibur
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Fringe fails to deliver? I'm sorry that's just preposterous. I do love OUAT though.
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I'm kinda disappointed (with the entire episode, but especially) that we didn't even get to see the Lady of the Lake in an episode named "Lady of the Lake". There wasn't even a proper lake!



And in all that wide expanse of a dried up lake, they could find only ONE tiny shell containing the lake water? They didn't even put in any effort to look for another sip in some other crevice...



I really hope next week's episode would be a vast improvement, as it's been going so well till now!
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There was a lake...and there was a lady...and Charming DUN KILT HER DEAD.
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I definitely teared up at the end of the episode; the whole nursery scene was pretty sad to me. And the moments between Emma and MaryMargaret were great; Emma showing emotion and (some) vulnerability was good to see. I was hoping for some Rumple/Belle screen time, but I guess that is next week.
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1. I would like to mention that Regina is totally acting reasonably this week (Henry stood her up, and can I just say, I was yelling at him, okay, you have the keys, go meet her for lunch, make up a play date that you can't miss so you can't hang out later and then go investigate, but, well, he is ten) by simply calling Charming and having him go after Henry.

Also, with Jefferson, so the curse has been over for say about a week now. So, I get his hesitancy over seeing Grace (I might suspect there have been other reunions that haven't been so happy) but, so Grace has continuing living with her fake parents? Wouldn't even her fake parents be concerned when she doesn't come home from school?



2. Basically...I can't think of another reason unless her magic is as unreliable as Regina and Rumple's is over on this side. Or just a melodramatic, I told you so. Seriously, Cora wouldn't care that Regina is a deposed mayor in Storybrooke, she still lives in the biggest house (well, Jefferson's appears to be on the outskirts of town).



3. I think so, especially if you go into the whole fate, destiny, holy grail, Merlin, sword in the stone part of it all (now, I wonder if there is a little boy likely back in Storybrooke who will be able to take up Arthur's reign after Modred kills him who might just be the son of Lancelot and the Lady in the Lake (if I am thinking of the right version of that story that Galahad is around).



4. I did tear up, when Emma was explaining how she never basically though she was important and is now really how much she was loved and then the sadness of Snow having missed out on her child's life and then almost immediately seeing that Charming is getting a glimpse with Henry. I had the silly thought in my head, Snow don't worry, one thing you can't forget about the curse, you have time to give Emma brothers and sisters.
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I was so sad when Henry stood Regina up. It's so manipulative...BTW Charming is the best father ever, and finally David is nowhere to be seen. I am someway disappointed by this show, I don't know why, it just seems that they are trowing things at the wall and see what sticks. Like "Let's bring in Lancelot, if they like him, we'l resurrect him, if not, we can tell everyone he's dead". And I don't know...I just didn't like him. But he married Snow and Charming and I will absolutely watch a show done entirely of them looking at each other.

Maybe they have just too many characters...stop bringing random people in, give your wonderful character something to do (almost) every week....Where was Gold? Maybe he was finally boning Belle...just saying...
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I figured he was still standing there looking at the orange spray paint! Did anyone else get the impression he was waiting for someone? or am I hoping too hard for Bae to arrive?
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Yes yes yes! New characters should only be introduced if they are 100% integral to a specific plotline, and that plot should be advanced in every episode in which the new character appears. They are robbing us of time with the major players in this series to give valuable screen time to pointless additions like Aurora. She may have a role in a larger arc, but you HAVE to move that arc forward or people aren't going to stay on board with it.

And I could also watch an entire show of SW/PC gazing. And kissing. And possibly groping. If they can show someone's neck being broken by hand (seriously, Jesus H!), they can show us a little lovin'.
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I suppose it helps that the actors are actually dating in real life.
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While I adore Snow, I still have trouble with Charming- mostly because of David, I guess. All the Storybrooke stupidity last season makes it hard for me to stomach some of the mushy parts (I keep waiting for him to screw up!)
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While I LOVE the snark and the screen-grabs, the arch was still pretty quick. Looking closely, it just looks like a slender reed that was bent with it's end fastened down. Probably something still alive / growing.

Then they put those flowers around the top/middle.

So, it's not like they built a gazebo... though that would be a funny site. Don't mind me, just dying of poison, feel free to use that level to make sure the gazebo stairs are perfect.
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It's not unheard of for versions of "King Arthur" to be very magic-heavy. Look at the BBC/ TV series "Merlin," the old animated classic "The Sword in the Stone," the mini-series "Merlin," etc.

All went along just fine with full-on fairies / magic / etc and didn't bother mentioning the Crusades or anything.

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MORE SEBASTIAN STAN. NOW.
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I SECOND THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My biggest problem with the episode was the "Present Day" subtitle after the Title Card. Up till now we have been respected as intelligent viewers and expected to understand that was then and this is now. I'm just worried that the inclusion of the "Present Day" is for the more casual viewers and means that the show may begin to pander to the lowest common denominator.







I'm glad you mentioned that Aurora was "Mean Muggin' " them as they left it was such a subtle detail that meant so much for the course of the episode and the show. Its details like this one that make me squeal with joy and I'm glad to still see them.







Re: Jefferson and the changing character motivation. It was explained away, in the lamest way possible, that he felt fate tried to keep them apart by flipping his car over as he drove to his Grace. While I agree that they sort of completely unraveled his entire character arc up to that point when he was all nervous she would hate him for leaving her alone, especially when he held in his hands proof that she was looking for him. They did cover their bases with that one line of dialog. Jeffers has been hurt before by magic and the threat of more magic, this time in the form of fate, hurting him and tearing his daughter further away from him would easily be enough for him to question his life long quest.



Finally, I'm a little put off by the carefree way they are throwing around the term Mother regarding Henry. At this point I feel as if his Mother in title should be Emma. When Jefferson was all ask your Mother, I was like his Mother's gone jackass. Then I realized that he meant Regina. I understand that she adopted him and everything, but I feel like that went out the window the second it was revealed they were in a storybook town and she was an evil queen. I was really bothered when Henry was wielding the word like a weapon, but if everybody is going to do it (intelligent viewers or not) then it kind of takes away the significances of the word and the relationship between Mother and Son
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Yes, you expressed the "Present Day" problem way better than I did. They made it clear through non-explicit clues in the pilot that the hat had put them in present-day FTL. There have been so many time/space movements in this series, and people seem to have gotten along just fine. It was a strange ploy and one that means they are either pandering, as you said, to people who tune in and out of the show, or they are admitting that they can't get the story across well enough the first time around. If they thought people didn't understand the premiere, the time to put "Present Day" into the show would have been at the end of episode 2 when we see Emma and MM as captives. (But even then, it would have felt like they were breaking the 4th wall... it was jarring and pulled me out of the story.)
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I felt "present day" was less jarring than all the ads for other shows which kept traipsing across the screen since the season opener...You can even spot them in some of Lily's screen captures posted in the reviews!
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I actually kind of appreciated it (it will even make more sense when Snow is not there to give us the perspective of her hair length).
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But Snow WAS there. And so was Emma. And so were Mulan and Aurora who made it clear from the premiere that it was present day. The entire episode unfolded so that nobody could doubt the curse had already been cast and it was present-day FTL (the encampment of spared characters, the abandoned castle, the flashback that MM had about the way the nursery looked IN THE PAST). It was a totally unnecessary subtitle. It blasted through the 4th wall for those loyal to the show. This type of series can't please its devoted followers if it is constantly playing catch-up with those tuning in for the first time. This isn't Friends. It's not a show where arcs are completed within a single episode or even a single season. If people don't understand what's going on, they should watch the previous episodes on ABC.com or wait for the DVDs. I hope that doesn't sound snarky, because I don't mean for it to - I just think they would enjoy the show more if they were totally up to date. But the subtitle was out of place to those who have watched the show from the beginning.
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I liked that this episode was about Emma and Snow...still loving the switch of scenes between the real and the fairy world...



I loved Snow this episode. She really took charge and didn't look afraid of anything.

It was nice that they finally came a bit closer because of this mess they are in...

It was sad when Snow...looked one more time to the nursing room, before she left and saw it the way it was, before all this bad things happened and cried...that was really sad...



I wonder if Lancelot is really killed by Cora or that he is still alive...!

Now the tree is burned, how the hell are they going to go back....?



When Cora attacke Snow, i thought for a moment that Emma would do something like use magic...i don't know why, but i remembered the first episode where she and Regina were trying to make the hat work, and it did, when Emma touched Regina..so i thought that maybe Emma was the only one who was able to use magic...(even if she didn't know herself), but nothing happened...she just lay there....!



I liked to see Emma of her balance, as in the normal world she was a bit tougher, now she is like a little girl, who needs protection from her mother...( not dishing Emma, just pointing out )...



All with all i liked this episode...can't wait how everything is going ot work out in the end...!!
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I agree with you, just love the Emma-Snow relationship now.



About going back... if all magic fails, they still could use the mines, remember?



You're right about Emma, I think she's kind of a switch (she touched Regina and her magic came back) or maybe she can do magic even if she doesn't know it yet...
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If Cora finds her way into the real world, this may be the shows way of making Regina a heroic figure, trying to stop her mother from destroying the town.



I hope that Lancelot is given more of a back story in a coming episode. He says that he fell from grace because of a woman which I am guessing means Guenivere so perhaps we will see her and Arthur some time soon. Also, if there are magical items in Storybrooke, perhaps Excaibur is there.



As for Question 3. It depends on the telling of the Round Table. Some take the historical approach but some take a very fairytale approach with Merlin and Excalibur which makes the two genres mix much better.



That brings up another theory. If Merlin exists in the series and is still in the Enchanted Forest, maybe he is the way for Emma and Snow to make it back to the real world. At the very least, if he is in the real world he is someone Charming should be talking with.
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I hope you're right about Lancelot! We all know Cora lies.

Merlin could be a fun addition- Would Regina be Morgan LeFay? or Maleficient? (Go Pam! I hope she comes back too!) And who would be playing Guenivere?
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I like that even with everything she knows about Regina and the horrible things she did, Emma still held onto her resentment of her parents and refused to see things from their perspective. But one glance into Cora's evil, crazy eyes, and she's all: "Gah! No wonder you sent me away! This is place is all messed up!"

Another favorite is the way Snow transitioned seamlessly from being an ogre curb-stomping Super Mom into being a normal Mom, chastising Emma for not listening to her.
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I agree with Kiryna here: the real question is "What the hell is Cora doing here?" Last week I was wondering where they were. Now that we know for sure it's the enchanted forest (AKA FTL), then why is Cora here, when she was supposed to have been banished? ... Unless she was the Queen of hearts (in Wonderland) and had managed to get back in FTL rright before the curse with Jefferson's "help"? ...

That all happened, right?

=> Yup.

Does Cora just want into the "real world" to smack Regina around?

=> Probably. Or do something meaner to her.

Round table + fairy tales: a comfortable fit or two different genres?

=> Yeah, why not? I mean we already had Midas, so Lancelot isn't THAT far... Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland are also part of respectively Italian and British literature, and not folk tales characters. We also had nursery rhymes references (with the giants in this episode for example). And Mulan is a legend in China, loosely based on true stuff, just like the round table in England, so, again, why not?

Did you tear up while watching this episode?

=> Must admit I did. It's sad not only to have missed on your only child's childhood, but discovering it turned into a stubborn unemployed single girl wearing a blond wig... I can understand Snow's disappointment.
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I laughed so hard when Emma said: "Ogres? I think I've dated a few." Oh Emma, never change (or you know, if you want a haircut, I won't mind). Q:

1. Yes, all this happened. But I'm sick as well, so maybe you shouldn't trust my word.

2. Does Cora just want to smack Regina around? Probably, after the way she pushed her into a world without magic. But maybe she wants to take over Storybrooke ...

3. I think it makes sense. After all, the legends of the Round Table are also fairytales, or legends, and they're about kings and queens and magic. Some of the fairytales used so far were legends that the Grimm brothers wrote down in Germany. So, why not?

4. Maybe there were a few tears ... But hey, I'm sick. Remember?

Btw, what happened to Mr Gold? Did he indeed cross the line?
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I don't think Cora went into a land without magic. Last week's episode showed her going through the Looking Glass, which would mean she went to Wonderland and had magic as the Queen of Hearts.



Regina went there to get her father back. It only stands to reason with these clues, that Cora is/was the Queen of Hearts.



How she got from there to the Enchanted Forest, who knows?
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Hmm I'll have to rewatch that episode, but it sounded like Rumplestiltskin meant a world without magic (when he said something about it being right for this purpose). Besides it would be unwise to send her somewhere she could use magic and come back.

One question though: How did Regina's father end up in Wonderland? There was a rule: that the same amount of people that enter Wonderland must also exit.

But yes, interesting theory about the Queen of Hearts. But, technically it was not to Wonderland that Alice went when she walked through the looking glass, but OUaT has been known to mix lands before, so we'll see.
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There's more than one way to travel between realms- Jefferson's hat, the Curse, the wardrobe, etc. But Rumplestiltskin said the mirror would send Cora to a land he had no use for- I can't believe that describes Storybrooke! Not with Bae in that world (which is a realm, not a land, if earlier terminology is consistent. Which it may not be)

Rumplestiltskin in this series has been phenomenally good at wordplay- puns, saying one thing and implying another, etc) So he may have meant precisely what he said, even if it wasn't what Regina heard.
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Wait, yes it was Bae that opened a portal to a world without magic. Rumplestiltskin didn't actually say anything about magic when he helped Regina get rid of Cora with the looking glass. No, I didn't think it would be Storybrooke he sent her to, but somewhere else? But does it mean that Bae is somewhere in our world?
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Actually I believe that rule was for when using the hat to travel amongst worlds.

I too need to rewatch the ep when Rumple convinced Regina to push Cora away cuz I have no memory of what he said about where she'd end up. I very much like the idea of her being the Queen of Hearts though, seems pretty spot on.
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He said it was some other world he had no use for, or something like that.
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Yes, but the question still remains: how did Henry end up in Wonderland? Was it the Queen of Hearts (Cora?) that brought him there? And why?
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I think the real question here is "How did Cora escape from the world Regina banished her into?"
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I seriously believe Aurora is the worst Disney Princess...ever! Phillip must have died to get away from her! Eesh.



I was torn this episode between who had the most kickass hair of the episode - FTL Snow or Mulan.



Henry finding the crypt/vault with the hearts gives me hope that somehow Graham can comeback on the show even though Regina squished it to dust.....I think Emma needs Graham because she sure as hell has some "blonde" moments this episode that made me wanna smack her.



Tonight's Snow with the bow and arrows = Charming taking charge of the town. Absolutely stellar!!
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Y'know, it's really sad how unsympathetic they're making Aurora. Sarah Bolger is a very good actress, even if she's getting typecast as a princess. Her performance as King Henry's eldest daughter, Mary, in The Tudors was very well done and perfectly captured the difficult position she held in the English court. I wish they'd give her more range as Aurora.
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I agree, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Range isn't exactly this show's forte.
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I loved when Snow was all "GET-AWAY-FROM-MY-DAUGHTER" on the forest...
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Hey Disney owns both ABC and Marvel now, so the real question is, How long before Wolverine shows up on OUAT?
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Liked the episode. The only I didn't like is the fact they introduced Lancelot into the story and then say Cora killed him a while ago near the end of it. I thought Lancelot would have been around a little bit longer. And Charmings dad, with memories and all, looks like he might be a problem down the road maybe?
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I'm still confused where the Cinderella story line fits into the rest of the show. I mean eventually George gets on board with Charming and Snowe, because he helps out with the Prince Thomas/Cinderella thing-and where does that pregnancy fall, if it doesn't happen til the other side, except Snow wasn't preggers in that episode, so it couldn't have been that close to the curse...This show would make more sence if they hadn't done that Cinderella episode, or the Hanzel and Gretle one.
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I think the Cinderella episode was more of a filler episode used to introduce the character. Its only effect on the overarching story is that now Emma owes Gold a favor. And it helps reinforce Rumple's hatred of fairies.
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I kinda think King George may have been dealing with what he couldn't stop- by the time of the Cinderella wedding, Snow and Charming were (as we now know) already married. George wanted Charming to suffer, remember? Plus, Snow was Queen by then, and Abigail was probably already married to Frederick- happy endings all around for the younger generation.

I still want to know what happened to Thomas at the well!
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i LOVE your recaps. so funny but true!!!
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Jefferson got cold feet- Paul Simon's song "Slip-slidin' Away" describes a very similar reaction. And yes, the whole brimming-eyes/ daughter stranglehold was beautiful!

Aurora may not even be able to dress herself (PRINCESS!) so the whiny garbage is not a suprise. (She may have thought Emma was wearing guys' clothes) I was more shocked that she was able to sneak up on Snow than that Snow kicked her butt left, right, and center.

Midas wore a long robe also- maybe they've got lousy legs? or maybe when you reach a certain age in FTL you have to cover up? (Must look at the ages/cleavage ratios on the FTL females to confirm this theory)

I'm wondering if maybe part of Regina's happy ending was never to see her mother ever again- which pretty much guarantees Cora will show up in Storybrooke somehow! (Might also explain why there was some FTL left- is there a Storybrooke equivalent for Daniel's grave? I'm thinking not, but am unsure)

I kinda liked the "torch magic wardrobe with gunpowder" twist- it proved Emma had at least been paying attention in her pistol-permit classes. Shooting Cora would have been more Indiana Jones, though.
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Yeah, or setting CORA in fire, not their only, tenuous, way home!
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I couldn't follow the flame perfectly, but I think Mulan's deflection of the flame is what caught the wardrobe on fire. Although Emma took responsibility for it, and I'm all for blaming Emma for EVERYTHING.
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Emma DID set the wardrobe on fire with the gunpowder..however, Im confused as to how she did that.

Did she have a musket? Or whatever those long guns were that they used a couple hundred years ago with the loose gunpowder? I don't know anything about guns but wouldn't it be a tiny bit harder to get gunpowder out of than just pulling it open with your fingers and tapping it out??

Maybe I just shouldn't be questioning the plausibility of a show that takes place in "Fairy-Tale Land"
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*gunpowder out of a bullet* is what I meant to type.
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I am told by guys who make their own black powder that all gunpowder explodes- even modern smokeless powder. That's why bullets come out of the gun. Obviously, since the ogre squished the gun into a lump, she wasn't going to need ammo to reload.

Modern cartridges (which are made up of projectile and gunpowder- "bullet" is technically inaccurate) can be disassembled from the bottom, especially if the crimps have been damaged, but I've never tried it myself. (They never let me have any fun!)
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Old man legs are never pretty.
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Great episode with a few intriguing surprises!
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If ogres are blind and hunt solely by sound... why do they have eyes?
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Why do men have nipples? Life's just crazy like that.
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Oh, there's a reason. Just 'cause they don't produce milk doesn't mean they're not "functional". ;)

A more relevant question might be "Why does Batman's suit have nipples?"
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Hahaha!!! Touche.
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Because Joel Schumacher directed. 'Nuff said.
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On King Arthur characters being a strange fit in the fairy tale world, I thought the same thing about Mulan. She doesn't really exist in the same timeline or world as the rest of the Disney Princesses, plus I'm pretty sure she's based on a true story.
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Wait... can someone explain where exactly on the timeline did the first fighting scene happen?

- Was it after Snow tried to shoot Regina with an arrow, but before King George's knights captured James?

- Or was it after Charming had woken Show by kissing her, but before their marriage ceremony (the official one at the castle)?
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It happened after Charming kissed Snow to wake her up and before the marriage ceremony at the beginning of the series.
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I agree, it was probably after the Apple scene. The apple was the equivalent of a cruise missile aimed at Snow and Charming. At that point, enough was enough. Regina had to be over-thrown, so they probably started a rebellion.

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George wants Charming to suffer; and (I think) mentions that Regina's plan didn't work out- so it had to be after Charming was rescued from Regina's dungeon. I assume it was after the poisoned apple sequence, but am not entirely sure why; will have to confirm dialogue. The one thing in favor of that interpretation is Snow's change of wardrobe.

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Yep, happened.

Cora wants power. She's like Madonna, she has to spread her influence across multiple countries/dimensions, become like the natives to gain their trust before sucking out their souls with lame comeback albums.

I have a feeling before this show rolls into it's 9th season it'll be conjuring up Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for our cross genre pleasure... gag.

I did tear up! Srsly, Ginny single tear sad moment win. Also Seb Stan scored big on tears this week too.



Lily srsly tho next week.. Capt Hook of course can't be w/o guyliner, still, hello! ;o)
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Lily srsly tho next week.. Capt Hook of course can't be w/o guyliner, still, hello! ;o)



I keep seeing the previews and all I keep thinking is that I should NOT be having the type of thoughts I'm having about Captain Hook. Damn that guyliner and those leather pants.
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OUaT's version of Tigger - a shape shifter who changes into a tiger, eats people and destroys things in a blind rage. I can totally see that. He could be Ruby's boo.
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Also, Pooh's Storybrooke alter-ego is named "Edward Behr."
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I like it but its sound more like something Grimm would do
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Finally, a rakshasha! And a plausible explanation for its arrival! I've been hoping for that since about episode 3 of season 1!

Llostris, I love you! (or at least the way you think)
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The feeling's mutual, Dracomom. It's always great to see someone who shares your views.
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After last week's disappointing episode, "Lady of the Lake" was a good change - I really liked it.



The star of "Lady of the Lake" was without any question present time Snow. She was fantastic - Ginnifer Goodwin did excellent job (as always). I loved how she threw Sleeping Beauty like it was no big deal and pinned her down. However the best part of the episode was the scene with an ogre. Swan looked like a helpless child, lying on the ground. And when it seemed like an ogre was going to eat her, Snow in Sarah Connor's style said "Back away from my daughter!" and killed it with point blank shot. Snow was a lioness who was protecting her cup and she did great.



The scene in ruins of the palace when Swan said "I'm not used to someone putting me first" made me cry. I'm really buying the story that Snow and Swan are mother and daughter both Jeniffer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin were very convincing.



Disney made "The Sword in the Stone" (which is one of my favorite movies from childhood) so I can accept round table as a part of FTL.



If Cora wants revenge (and I think she does) she could learn a thing or two from Emily Thorne.

I'm glad Regina got fired. Also I miss the L-word so I wouldn't mind if Swan hook up with Sleeping Beauty. Though I have no hopes it will happen.



Best dialog of the episode:



Swan: Ogres?

Snow: RUUUUUUUN!!!



Get well soon, Lily!

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I think if Aurora hooks up with anyone, it'll be Mulan. They've really bonded ever since their prince got souled out. Soon they'll come to realize that they don't need a prince to give them purpose...just each other.
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That is so NOT Disney.
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True, but ABC is the network that brought us the first openly lesbian lead character in TV history. And it was the home of Roseanne, which had more gay supporting characters than I can remember. Plus it's currently the home of Modern Family and Happy Endings. Just sayin'.
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The list of inconsistencies in this show is pretty long, so I'd give Jefferson some grace. After all, it's hard to demand consistency from someone who is "The Mad Hatter".
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Plus, I can kind of see where he's coming from. He's a full blown mess. His time in Wonderland drove him crazy, then living for 28 years with both sets of memories made him crazier.

That makes it tough to be a solid parent, not to mention how much he was afraid his daughter was going to react. Something like "When I last saw you, you were normal. Now you're loopy and I think you might hurt me or someone else."
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Is anyone else getting the feeling that Henry is about to get kicked out of elementry school?
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If King George still has Protective Services Credentials that matter, then maybe his plan is to take Henry away from his Grandfather... or something... I would like that side of the story explained a bit. Like Regina gets fired, but what does it matter if she was still Mayor, no one respected her authority anyway
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Henry goes to school?
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- Once again, Emma's bullshit detector appears to be no more. She even admitted Cora's shapeshifting had her fooled.



- Where the hell is Pinocchio?



- Present day Storybrooke, present day Forest, past Forest...oh yeah, this is from the writers of Lost.



- Lily, how could you have forgotten that Disney did The Sword in the Stone? Granted, that's early King Arthur with no Lancelot to be found, but it still puts Arthurian legend well within the scope of the show. Pretty sure Mulan has some slight basis in reality as well.



- I find it hard to believe Aurora wouldn't recognize tanned cow's hide when she sees it.
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To play Devil's advocate... perhaps Emma's lie detector isn't THAT bad.

I forget, did "Lancelot" ever actually say "my name is Lancelot" ? Or was it just Snow saying "Oh look, it's Lancelot"

As for her discussion with Cora directly... for it to be a lie they have to believe it's a lie. Saying things like "I'm not as bad as people say" or "I'm just misundersstood" whatever is all just opinion. I can say "Oh, I'm not as bad of a dancer as so-and-so says" and believe it when in fact I might be horrible. Or perhaps, I know I'm bad but I also know I actually worse than what was said.
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If that's the case, well...only being able to detect specific verbal deception is kind of lame.
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Did you want Pinocchio or a giant ogre this week? We can only have so much CGI.
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Last week's episode had neither. That means there should be some extra in the CGI budget.
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The current administration seized the CGI budget to be redistributed among other shows that aren't fortunate enough to have their own CGI.
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Aaaaand, I hate Henry again. Henry is least tolerable when he is trying to convince people to do something, last season it was trying to get Emma to believe, this season it's trying to get Charming to involve him. Between him tricking Regina into leaving the house and stealing the keys to do whatever it is he was trying to do... I just wanted him to go away.

Aside from that, the episode was great. What I found especially sad is how Charming's mother essentially gave her life so that her son could have a child, but neither he nor Snow ever got to be with their daughter.
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Things that bothered me:

1. Why did "Present Day" appear on the screen during the first shot into the hole dungeon? First of all, we have had no time markers previously in this show and it was weird. Secondly, no shit it's present day. Why does this show constantly assume everyone is as dumb as Emma? (When she fired that gun into the air I let out an audible groan of disgust. I hate her so much. And if she says, "Seriously?" one more time when faced with a dragon, ogre, or other magical demon, I hope it slowly kills her onscreen.)

2. DOES TRUE LOVE'S KISS BREAK ANY CURSE OR NOT??? Why did Charming's mama have to give up her wound water? Charming could have kissed Snow, broken the infertility curse, shoved that hermit crab shell into his mother's mouth, and everything would've been fine. Is anyone reading these scripts before they film?!

3. I know this is a by-product of cramming too many threads into one episode, but wasn't it a little emotionally offputting that Charming was making out with Snow like 20 seconds after his mom died? "Yeah she took a poisoned arrow to the chest but... WE'RE HAVING A BABY ONE DAY! Put your tongue in my mouth, I'm all cried out!"

4. "Go to school where I know you're safe." Charming, you are dumb. What the hell makes anyone thing that anything is safe in SB? And who the hell is even teaching Henry's class now that MM is gone?

5. The introduction of the Aurora/Philip story seems totally gratuitous at this point.



Things that bothered me less:

I did like the idea that Cora will make it to Storybrooke. She's clearly got a way to manipulate Regina again through Henry. I think (fear?) we may see another Regina/Emma tagteam effort to save him.

Ginnifer Goodwin is so amazing. She pulls my heart strings with that cry-face every time!

I also noticed that Michael Raymond-James's character has been given a name in the press release for the 2x06 episode - Neal Cassady. Cassady was a beatnik who was Kerouac's inspiration for Dean Moriarty - a man fixated on drugs, women, and FINDING HIS FATHER. I have little doubt now that we've met Baelfire.
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1. Maybe they added the text "present" day after reading the comments here about the wraith episode, where a majority of the commenters had failed to understand the timeline. :-) (OK, not the most likely explanation, but it would be fun if they did it because *we* proved that we need it). Anyway, the part of your point 1 that's the most interesting is the part about Emma's stupidity. That would have deserved a point of its own. I groaned too when she fired the gun. They were in ogre territory, Snow already had the situation under control, and Emma almost certainly only had six bullets. And then she tripped and fell, and dropped the gun. When she picked it up and aimed it at the ogre, it grabbed the gun from her hand, crushed it, and threw it away. How did it even know that she had a weapon? IT'S BLIND, and wouldn't know what a gun was anyway. And how does the ogre's behavior make any sense. It just got down on its knees and roared. It could have crushed her or eaten her at any time. It grabbed Emma's gun, but when Snow showed up with a weapon that it should have learned to fear, all it did was to lean forward to give her an easy shot.

It should have been easy for the ogre to kill them both. I'm starting to think that the ogres have an undeserved bad reputation. They are really peace-loving creatures who just want to be left alone. So when someone enters their lands with weapons that can (and sometimes do) murder them, they don't even fight back, they just roar.
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Oh I love a good fellow Emma hater! :) You're totally right about the ogres - no sense whatsoever. As for the text, it just seems to me the appropriate time to put up a time marker like "Present Day" would have been when the wraith came screeching through the portal into FTL. I thought (and I'm sure the producers thought) they added enough non-explicit markers in the premiere to let everyone know they had traveled laterally and not backward into FTL - Aurora having been asleep for 28 years, Philip and Mulan not being able to look for her because they were in a stasis (until just around the time Emma would have been arriving in SB), and telling Aurora about the curse,etc... and Lily even mentioned the lateral nature of the portal in her review. This is the third time we've seen Emma and MM in FTL. If they were concerned people didn't understand the timeline after the premiere, why didn't they put "Present Day" at the end of Episode 2 when we see E/MM as captives? I don't know. It seemed strange placement in this episode and kind of jarred me out of the story for a minute. But I'm on board for the peace-loving ogre theory. The Great Ogre Wars were probably just fought because the poor oafs were trying to nap and somebody was clanging swords around loud enough to wake them. :)
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I thought it was unnecessary but courteous for the scriptwriters to reiterate that Emma didn't travel back into the past of FTL- especially given all the sci-fi plotlines that could be introduced by Snow overlapping herself.

Charming's mom didn't have to give up her sip of water, but she chose to- did Lancelot know it? (Maybe... he was feeling guilty enough about the whole thing he might have let Ruth decide) Please note that Snow wasn't planning to tell Charming about the sterility, either; so that may have made the difference. I'm thinking that if TLK couldn't restore Frederick, it wasn't good on non-lethal poisons either.

It was fairly common in ancient Rome for grieving family members to attend the baths and maybe visit the attached brothels after the funeral- sometimes a sum was disbursed by the heir to cover their expenses (beats an Irish wake, eh?)

By that measure, Snow and Charming were sedate. Besides, they'd just gotten married! Did anyone else wonder about Charming's goggle-eyed stare when Snow said "I'm going to have a baby!" (Indicative of more than a kiss or two by the fire, wouldn't you say?)

If Charming knew anything about kids, he'd have watched Henry get on the bus or driven him to school- proves all the brains in this family come from Snow!

Aurora/Phillip does seem less compelling than others, but I'm wondering about her befriending Emma or trying to beat the crap out of her- flip a coin, either is good from my viewpoint. And watching the girls rescue a prince is kinda on the agenda, isn't it?
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I think that's where the "Is there something you're not telling me" bit came from. Like: "WTF, how can you be pregnant if we haven't shagged yet"

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It was totally sweet that Charming's mom sacrificed herself for her son's future (and was in keeping with the theme of the episode), but I wonder how he's going to feel when he realizes that TLK breaks any curse -- if he didn't already gather that from waking Snow (I find it dangerous to overestimate the deductive abilities of these characters). I thought the reason it couldn't restore Frederick is that she wasn't actually kissing him, only the gold shell around him. In fact, we don't know if the water in the wedding chalice cured Snow, or if the kiss from their wedding did. It just frustrated me that they were trying to make a really sad scene out of this when the audience KNOWS it didn't have to end that way.

Charming's reaction to the baby news was awesome. If the woods are a'rockin don't come a'knockin! :)
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I don't know if Lancelot truly is dead taking cora's words, but if he is i'm kinda disappointed because i liked the guy. And While, i did not expect people of the round table to be in this fairy tale but i think it makes more sense for the moment than Mulan being here. However, I'll hold my judgment until they tell us why she's here and not with her people.



Henry has finally gotten into my nerves. When he was talking about how he wished he was in fairy tale to ride horses and fight swords, i swear i felt like i wanted to slap the guy across the room. For the moment i think i only like him when he's with regina. We didn't see much of regina in this episode, so that was disappointing. I can't wait though till she faces her mother. That will be good. I'm loving the show more and more by each episode.
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I agree- Lancelot was fun to watch. I hope Cora was lying about that part.



Henry is 10, and he still thinks the good guys should automatically win (despite his little glimpse of reality at the "castle" after Graham's death) If he were Henriette, he'd probably want to go to FTL to play with all the little unicorns. I also suspect that people have severely downplayed all the possibilities for disaster that Emma could create- plus the kid can't see what's going on like we can.
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It's official: I could never go back to watching Season One after this; it's much better. Having things happen is much better than waiting for things to happen.
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