Once Upon A Time And Straight On Til Morning

Once Upon A Time And Straight On ‘Til Morning

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time
May 12, 2013

After being rescued from the seas around Neverland, Baelfire found himself under interrogation from Captain Hook. He never met Killian Jones, who kidnapped and killed his mother, but Hook definitely recognized Rumpelstiltskin’s son, when he learns his name. Hook welcomed him to the ship with open arms.

In Storybrook, Mr. Gold fantasizes over ways to kill Henry, since Henry was prophesized to be his downfall. When David and the others arrive, he stops and explains that he wanted to spend some time with Henry while Neil didn’t want him around. David and Mary Margaret explain to Gold what happened to Neil while Emma tells Henry. Grief-stricken, Gold explains that he brought magic to this world to find Bay. It’s his fault that his son is dead.

Tamara, Greg and Hook go down into the minds to find the other part of the trigger to activate Regina’s spell – a very particular pickaxe. They use the axe to strike the gem that Regina took out Maleficent’s lair. This activates the destruction spell and, as Tamara explains it, the doom of all who were not born in the real world. They are willing to die for their cause. When they ask Hook if he’s willing to die to kill Rumpelstiltskin, his answer is “of course.”

Having recovered mostly from her ordeal, Regina is relieved to see Henry when he and the others arrive. They feel a shockwave that signals the activation of the diamond. Regina explains that because Henry was born in the real world, he will survive the spell but he realizes that no one else will and he’ll be alone. He doesn’t want that, so he makes them agree to work together. That’s when Hook arrives to offer to help them. It seems he’s not as willing to die for his cause as he indicated. He’s willing to put his revenge against Rumpelstiltskin aside if it means saving his own skin.

In Neverland, some very spooky Lost Boys approached the Jolly Roger and boarded it, to search for their missing prize. Hook hid Bay from them, and despite a thorough search they failed to find him. But they warned Hook that if “he” learned that Hook lied to him, he would come and rip his show away. And it would hurt. It would hurt badly. Once they were gone, Hook brought Bay out of his hiding place. Bay remarked that he thought pirates only cared about themselves. Hook told him that he had a lot to learn.

Gold returns to his shop to find the dwarves seemingly looting it. It turns out that they were looking for Sneezy’s drinking stein so he could drink a potion from the Blue Fairy. She figured out the solution to the memory problem just in time for everyone to die, Gold points out. But Grumpy still gives him a dose for Belle. She once helped him remember who he was (season 1 reference) and he begs Gold not to let her die as Lacey.

Bay did well on the Jolly Roger. Hook even taught him how to steer the ship. They bonded over their absentee fathers. Hook tells him about his own father, who turned out to be a fugitive and who abandoned him in the night. Touched by the personal story, Bay told him about Rumpelstiltskin’s transformation into The Dark One. He explained about the dagger, and how it was the only weapon that could kill the Dark One. This was valuable information for a man obsessed with revenge.

Hook leads David to Tamara and Greg who have the magic beans, where David demands the beans back. The four of them get into a fight and they escape with them. Most of them, at least. Hook managed to get one and he encourages David to live to fight another day. David says they are not friends and takes the bean to return to his family.

Emma and Regina reach the diamond, and Regina says she will stall the spell as long as she can but it will take all the strength she has. Emma realizes that she intends to die doing this, and that when she told Henry goodbye, she was really saying goodbye. She says Regina does not have to do this, but Regina explains that everyone – even Henry – sees her as the Evil Queen. She wants to die as Regina. Reluctantly, Emma leaves her to do what she must.

Gold decides to give Lacey a chance to be Belle again. He repairs the chipped cup that she broke and pours the Blue Fairy’s tonic into it. Lacey drinks the potion and her memories return to her. She greets Gold with a kiss. Gold explains that he didn’t want to wake her up only to die, but he needed her there. She tells him that she’s so sorry about his son, and they embrace, crying together.

Emma and David arrive back at the same time. She tells Henry about Regina’s impending doom, and he says they can’t let Regina die for them. They can’t leave family behind. After all, they saved Regina from the wraith, why can’t they save her from this too? That gives Mary Margaret an idea – they can send the diamond through a portal and save Regina too. Emma is reluctant, but she finally agrees, convinces Hook to play along, and they go to do “the right thing.”

Regina also points out that they don’t know if the portal idea will work, but Henry says they have to try. Yet when Emma opens the pouch that should have the magic bean in it she finds it gone. Hook double crossed them and now he sails away from Storybrook with the bean in hand.

When Baelfire found a drawing of his mother on Hook’s desk, he realized that Hook was the pirate his father told him about. The one who took Mila away and ruined their family. Hook tells him what really happened and explained that he wanted to build a family with Bay, but Bay doesn’t care. By running away with his mother, Hook ruined his family as if he had killed her. He told Hook that he wanted to go home, but Hook told him that it was impossible to leave Neverland. So Bay decided that he would rather fend for himself than stay with the man who drove Rumpelstiltskin to the darkness. He wanted off the Jolly Roger no matter what. So that night, Bay packed his things and was ready to be dropped off anyway. Hook pleaded with him to stay, saying he could change, but Bay stated that he couldn’t because he only cared about himself. So Hook let the Lost Boys take Rumpelstiltskin’s son away, hoping to gain “his” favor.

While Hook sails away from Storybrook, Regina is running out of strength. Emma embraces Snow White and Prince Charming, the parents she only got to meet. Regina apologizes to Henry for not being strong enough to keep him save. Them Emma remembers that she has magic too. Maybe Regina isn’t strong enough, but they might be together. Combined, their powers are enough to…short out the diamond. The spell retreats and everyone is alive. Henry, however, is nowhere to be found. They find his bag, and Emma realizes that Tamara and Greg took him.

They explain to the boy that they came to Storybrook to destroy magic but, after arriving, they found something even more important; something that could change everything: Henry himself. Emma and the others arrive just in time to see Tamara and Greg disappear with Henry down a portal. Gold and Belle arrive just as Hook returns. The gang makes a plan to go find Henry and Gold leaves Belle behind to take care of things in Storybrook, but she realizes that he doesn’t plan to come back and leaves in tears.

As the second season ends, Aurora, Mulan and Prince Philip find Neil washed up on their shore. Regina, Hook, Gold, and the Charming Family make a truce to find Henry and discover that Tamara and Greg took Henry to Neverland. We learn that Peter Pan and the lost boys were not looking for Baelfire, but for his future son. As Gold warns the others that they’re about to face someone worse than they’ve ever faced before, the Jolly Roger disappears through the portal, and into Neverland.


Once Upon A Time Second Star To the Right

Once Upon A Time Second Star To the Right

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time
May 5, 2013

Once upon a time (see what I did there?), Baelfire tried to rescue his father from the darkness. What he did instead was abandon Rumpelstiltskin in the Enchanted Forest and escape to a world without magic by himself. He wound up in London, during a roughly Victorian age, and found himself in for a difficult haul as a homeless orphan. One day, he snuck into a big house in search of food. He found some bread, only to be caught by a young girl and her Saint Bernard. The girl saw that he was hungry and offered him as much bread as he wanted. After determining that Bay was an unusual name, the girl introduced herself…as Wendy Darling.

In Storybrook, many years later, Neil wakes up one day to the sound of a ruckus outside. He goes out to find his father (having suffered some sort of personality break after learning that Belle is now a bar-fly named Lacey) beating up Dr. Whale/Victor Frankenstein for giving Lacey a bad look. Neil pulls him off of Victor and tells him that this is pretty typical. He says that he’s staying in Storybrook for Henry, not for Gold, and for Gold to stay away from them both.

Meanwhile, Emma, Mary Margaret, David, and Henry break into Regina’s office, looking for the magic beans (which were discovered to be stolen last time). They learn that Regina did have them in the office, but they’ve been taken again since then. It turns out that Tamara has the beans, along with the failsafe that Regina retrieved from Maleficent. She takes off to look into taking something, leaving Greg alone with Hook and Regina. Hook decides that he’s not interested in torturing the Queen and leaves as well. Greg hooks her up to an electroshock machine, stating that it’s how he deals with people like her.

Back in London, Wendy hid Bay successfully for several weeks before her parents caught him. Because Mrs. Darling is one of the coolest moms in literature, she immediately invited him into their home as a member of their household. That night, Wendy and John gather at the window, waiting for a familiar shadow. When they explain about the shadow, he begs Wendy not to open the window again. He’s familiar with magic and he doesn’t want their lives to be hurt by it like his was.

While Emma searches through Neil and Tamara’s apartment for evidence (since she’s still suspicious), David and Mary Margaret go to Mr. Gold for some help finding Regina. He gives them a spell that will connect Mary Margaret to Regina (allow her to see what Regina sees, feel what she feels, etc.). David’s hesitant to let her do this, but she insists that it will help ease her conscience. So he agrees and help her cast the spell. Mary Margaret instantly goes into convulsions, from where Regina is presumably being electrocuted, and David starts calling out her name, trying to wake her up.

As midnight tolled in London, the shadow returned. Wendy told Baelfire about Neverland before she took the shadow’s hand and flew away, leaving him calling out for her as she disappeared into the sky.

After a lovely scene where Emma and Neil go looking for Tamara on the beach (she convinces them that she just runs there, so the sand would not be a clue) and he apologizes to Emma for all that he put her through during Tallahassee, we learn what Tamara and Greg are really up to. We learn that they aren’t magic thieves, but are instead there to destroy magic. It seems that this is not the first time that magic has made its way into the real world, and they are part of an organization that has been fighting against it for a long time.

The spell allowed Mary Margaret to get only a few glimpses, due to the pain that Regina is in. Still, one of those details was the smell of sardines, and that is enough to lead Emma to the docks. She tells Neil that she was right, and that Tamara is in one of the warehouses. Together, they race off to search for her.

Baelfire waited for Wendy all night. The next morning, Wendy returns. She didn’t enjoy Neverland very much. The shadow held children in Neverland, never letting them leave no matter how much they miss their parents. The reason that the shadow let her go was because it didn’t want a girl. It only wanted a boy. So that night, the shadow planned to return to collect one of her brothers, in her place, that following night. Baelfire promised to protect her and her family from the evil magic, no matter what.

Emma and Neil search the warehouse tensely, but all they run into is Mary Margaret and David. Tamara sees them wandering around on a camera. She wants to pack up and leave, but Greg demands more time to interrogate Regina. Tamara leaves, saying that she’ll meet him at the rendezvous point. Once she’s gone, Regina tells Greg that his father is dead, and that she killed him the moment that he ran away so many years ago. He doesn’t believe her, but she says that she buried him at their campsite. Greg turns the electricity back on, to hurt her again.

In London, that night, after Mrs. Darling told her children goodnight, Baelfire got to work on his plan. He set a trap and lit all the candles. But the shadow got inside the house anyway, determined to take a boy back to Neverland with it. In order to save young Michael Darling, Baelfire volunteered himself to go to Neverland instead. And so he disappeared into the night, carried away by the shadow of a boy who would never grow up.

David and Mary Margaret find Greg and Regina in time to stop Greg from killing her. Hearing Greg’s name, Neil figures that must clear Tamara. Being an evil supervillain, she knocks Emma out to prove him wrong. After revealing her evil plan (clearly, she did not read the “Things To Remember When I’m An Evil Overlord”), Emma wakes up and has a pretty awesome fight with her. Neil gets shot, Emma’s about to win. Then Tamara throws a bean, trying to send Emma away. Neil gets sucked into the vortex instead. Right after she and Neil realize they still love each other.

Emma catches up with Mary Margaret and the others and explains that Neil is dead. While they comfort her, Greg finds his father’s bones in the woods and Tamara catches up with him. She has Regina’s trigger to end the curse and thinks there’s only one way to take care of things once and for all: to blow Storybrook off the map. (But I thought you couldn’t blow magic up?)

The shadow took Baelfire far away, and tried to take him to Neverland. Bay escaped in the sea, and was rescued by a passing ship. The captain of this ship answered to Hook, and the ship was known as the Jolly Roger.


Once Upon A Time The Queen Is Dead

Once Upon A Time The Queen Is Dead

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time
March 3, 2013

When Snow White was a child, she learned to be a good person the hard way. Days before her birthday, she catches a servant named Johanna touching the tiara that is to be her present, to celebrate her coming into her responsibilities as a princess. Snow flips out on the woman, telling her that it is her crown and a mere servant isn’t to touch it. The Queen tells her that the crown isn’t hers yet, and that she’s being totally out of line. Being a princess, the Queen explains, is not about being better than your subjects, but about being a kind and good leader. Johanna apologized for touching the tiara, so Snow needs to forgive her. Snow says she understands, but then the Queen suddenly collapses.

She’s rushed to her room and the doctor, who says that they’re doing everything they can. Snow knows, though, that she’s dying. Johanna suggests that if medicine can’t save the Queen, perhaps magic can. She tells Snow about the Blue Fairy and that night, Snow goes off to find the magic she needs to save her mother.

The fairy makes Snow promise to keep their meeting a secret, then tells her that there is a way to save her mother and gives her a candle, explaining that all magic comes at a price (especially magic so powerful). Snow can only save her mother’s life if she’s willing to sacrifice another, and she must hold the candle in the heart of her sacrifice. Snow considers doing so, but finally decides that she can’t kill someone. Not even to save her mother’s life.

She rushes to her mother’s bedside and tells her that she had the means to save her, but she was too afraid to make the sacrifices necessary. The Queen tells her that the choice she made was not made out of fear, but instead strength. She made the right choice and she must continue to always be good. Snow promises that she will as her mother passes away (apparently of consumption, since there was blood on her handkerchief… I didn’t know that TB had sudden onset like that, but I also didn’t know it existed in fairytale land. So, we learn something new).

In Storybrook, it’s Mary Margaret’s birthday. David knows that she doesn’t want to celebrate, but he still tries to make breakfast for her. When Mary Margaret notices a birthday gift on the table, David assures her that it is not from him. She opens it to discover the tiara that her mother once gave her and a note to tell her that the crown is from Johanna. Shocked that her old caretaker is in Storybrook too, Mary Margaret hurries off to find her. Their reunion is touching, but not the only thing that she and David need to deal with.

Cora and Regina are working to find the dagger of The Dark One, so that they can control Rumpelstiltskin when he returns to Storybrook from New York. Mary Margaret and David must race against them to find the dagger first. And they do, with the help of the Blue Fairy. This only plays right into Cora and Regina’s hands, though, who arrive with Johanna as a hostage. Cora reveals that the Blue Fairy that Snow spoke with as a child was actually her, and that she was the one who poisoned the Queen to begin with, orchestrating everything that led to Regina marrying the king.

They give Mary Margaret an ultimatum – she can hand over the dagger and they’ll let Johanna go, or she can keep it and they’ll kill her. She ends up giving the dagger up, but Cora kills Johanna anyway. This pushes Mary Margaret over the edge, and she vows at Johanna graveside (despite David’s assurances that they can still get the dagger back and save Rumpelstiltskin) that she will not let any more lives be hurt because she wants to be merciful to Regina. She is going to take Cora down and that’s all there is to it. She is tired of doing the “right thing” and wants to keep her loved ones safe.

Meanwhile, Emma is trying to deal with Henry’s anger with her over lying about Neil. Neil wants to take Henry to the museum, so they go back to his apartment to get a camera. While Emma and Gold wait for them to come back downstairs, Captain Hook comes flying out of nowhere and stabs Gold with his hook. Which is poisoned.

Neil rushes into action when he sees what happened and he and Emma decide that they need to take Gold home to Storybrook. They decide to take Hook’s ship (because apparently Bay spent some time in Neverland. A friend of mine and I had a theory a while ago about him being Peter Pan… Maybe we weren’t wrong). In order to get there, though, they’ll need a car. This is how Emma learns that Neil is engaged. We’ll see if that stops them from getting back together. Just…break up with your fiancée first, Neil. Cheaters never prosper.

Next week, Mary Margaret crosses the line. I’m looking forward to tuning in to see how accurate the teaser is!