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Early Observations About “Heroes and Villains”

We bid 4A farewell. Two ships are sunk. The cobra joins the mongoose. And the last Arendelle scene mirrors the first.

Michael’s “Always… no, no… never… forget to check your references.”

“Heroes and Villains” – The Beach Boys

Is heroes vs. villains a fair descriptor for the second half of the season?
KITSIS: Absolutely. That is the title of episode 11.
HOROWITZ: It’s “Heroes and Villains.”
KITSIS: That’s actually named after the Beach Boys song.

Frozen

EMMA: [The Snow Queen] wanted to make Storybrooke her Ice Castle.

The perfect “Wait, what?” Anna carries on about how great this Gold fellow must have been and then David tells her he’s Rumplestiltskin.

ANNA: Did you see these bruises?
ELSA: Have you seen Hans’s eye?
ANNA: Yeah. Totally worth it.

Anna Punch

Anna’s wearing the gloves in the family, now.

This scene, with Anna saying, “What is that amazing smell?” instead of Elsa.

The Sound of MusicAnna of Austria

Anna’s skip-hopping arms wide approach to the town line completes all possible riffs on her costume. She hasn’t moved that way at all through the season. While it didn’t seem wildly out of character, it did take a moment to recognize where they were going with it.

When the ad for The Sound of Music Sing Along aired, we had a good belly laugh.

Star Wars

Holo-Belle more or less crying, “Help me, Obi-Wa… Rumplestiltskin. You’re my only hope.”

SW Belle

Wish Upon a Star

Rumple tempts Belle with a honeymoon in “a magical city called New York.” The opening line of this Olivia Goldsmith novel is, oddly enough, “Once upon a time in a magical city called New York a girl under a spell lived on an island.”

Fantasia

The broom is back. With enough personality to outshine some of the other recurring guests on the show, this bit player from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” struts its stuff, cracks its knuckles, and reveals the portal back to Arendelle. All while its creepy modified theme music plays in the background.

Bonus: Turns out the house does belong to the Sorcerer after all, validating a lot of fans who called it at the beginning of the season.

The Little Mermaid

One of three freebies, everyone’s favorite predatory subprime magic lender Ursula appears as part of a trio trying to swindle Rumplestiltskin.

Her contribution to the plot against Rumple is a sand dollar bearing the holographic message.

After wrapping Belle in her tentacles, she says, “Such a pretty thing.  Seems a shame I’ll have to crack her pipes.” It’s a dialogic stretch to reference the film.

101 Dalmatians

Cruella de Vil, whose costume is a nice mix of mostly animated classic with the makeup of the live action adaptation.

While the green smoke around the Belle-ogram is characteristic of the cloud following Cruella, it apparently wasn’t a big enough clue, so they added a Dalmatian to lead Belle away.

Maleficent

Her raven, Diablo, delivers the ransom message to Rumplestiltskin. At least, his name is Diablo in the animated classic. In the recent reinterpretation, he’s recast as Diaval.  It remains to be seen which one they’ll go with.

Maleficent’s costume has undergone a drastic redesign, bringing it in line with the 2014 film.

Once Upon a Time

Some key themes reappeared in this episode. Color coded clothing showed us a Regina who’d do the right thing in blue and a Belle who’d make some shocking choices in grey and black. Rumple stalked around with Geppetto’s parents hanging in the background, reminding us what an evil imp he is.

But they brought the Frozen arc full circle visually. Our first glimpse of Arendelle’s royal siblings in “A Tale of Two Sisters” was their clasping hands from behind, Anna on the left and Elsa on the right. The shot’s inverted, or mirrored, at the end of their scene with Elsa on the left this time.

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

Kristanna

  • Not that we got much interaction between the two on screen, but the good news is that once they got back to Arendelle, Anna’s right hook apparently made short work of Hans, and Kristoff and Anna were finally going to get married. Mazel tov!

Captain Swan

  • To be honest, I had been hoping for the Captain Swan relationship to be more central to the episode. Instead, it fell fourth fiddle to the Arendelle crew, the Rumpbelle dissolution, and the coming of the Queens of Darkness. As the plotline involving Gold having Hook’s heart developed, I fully expected there to be some major touching scene between the two. Instead, we got two minor scenes.
  • The first of these was in Granny’s Diner when Gold puppeted Hook into telling Emma where the portal was to get Anna out of the way. Emma finally touched him intimately on the face and asked what was wrong, that he was acting strange[ly]. The only response he could make of his own volition was to grab her wrist with a shaking hand. But does she pursue him or this clue that clearly something is truly messed up? No. Jeez, Emma, can’t you see your man is in trouble?! You are a less than stellar girlfriend.
  • The second was when she reinserts his heart. (Note, there was no romantic anything when Emma and Snow arrive at the clocktower to see Gold about to crush Hook’s heart.) So he asks her to be gentle, but this is Emma, so she just shoves it back in, thinking that it must be like pulling off a band-aid. But as soon as it’s back in, he lays a great, passionate kiss on her. When the kiss breaks (why, oh why, did it have to?), he reiterates that he’s a survivor, and she shyly smiles.

Rumpbelle

  • This relationship, more than any other, was at the center of the episode. Considering how much damage the writers had done to this ship since the iconic dance in the ballroom, I ended up being rather relieved that Belle finally figured out that Rumple loved power more than anything and kicked him out of town. That said, it was an emotional scene, and Robert Carlyle sold it so well, I actually felt bad for Rumple as he lost Belle, then his magic, and crumpled from the return of his crippled leg.
  • First, Rumple wakes Belle from a sleep that I can only imagine he put her in magically and tells her that he’s going to take her to the magical land of New York. She goes to pack her bag happily.
  • Belle saves the day, or at least Hook, by controlling Rumple with his dagger after using the magic gauntlet to reveal to her what Rumple’s greatest weakness is (that’s not good wife behavior). The betrayal is merely in response to the many, many betrayals Rumple has offered her this season. Not even the sort of sweet flashback scene of him trading the gauntlet for her life could redeem him.
  • So she finally forces him out of town, using the dagger to make him go. It’s painful for both of them (and the audience). We know this won’t be the end of it, since Rumple won’t stay gone for long (you, know, just till March), but Rumple’s going to have to work his hinney off to win her back. She’s gotten wise to his unchanging ways.

Outlaw Queen

  • I liked that the first thing we saw Regina do this episode was return Marian’s heart, that there was no hesitation. In return, Marian offers to back off if Robin chooses to be with Regina. How civil.
  • Robin chooses Regina! He points out that though it may be complicated, the most important thing he can model for his son is to live honestly and follow his heart.
  • Not that it matters, because Plot Conveniences Playhouse presents the relapse of Ingrid’s ice curse, and the only way to save Marian is for her to cross the town line into the non-magical world from which she can never return. But Regina won’t let her go alone–she insists that Robin and Roland have to go with her. Which is honorable and stuff, but very sad for the Outlaw Queen shippers around the world.
  • Their good-bye is full of feels. Thank goodness Marian couldn’t see that kiss–not that Robin would know that. Ballsy, Robin!

Swan Queen

  • Emma offers to do shots with Regina after Robin leaves town, but then Henry breaks up their fun with news about The Author (pretentious indeed!). The three of them go to the mansion’s secret room and find the blank storybooks. Emma opts in for Operation Mongoose and reiterates her promise to bring Regina a happy ending.


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Once Upon a Time “Heroes and Villains” Previews and Predictions

Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×11

CAUTION: potential spoilers, peeks sneaked, and speculations proffered

“Heroes and Villains”In the aftermath of the Snow Queen’s spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina has to make a difficult choice. Hook’s fate hangs in the balance as Gold’s quest for power threatens everything he holds dear. And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle’s stay at Rumplestiltskin’s dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future, on the winter finale of Once Upon a Time, written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker.

Here’s the promo that aired after last week’s episode:

In the first sneak peek, Rumple makes a promise to Hook as Belle sleeps in the foreground.

In the second, Anna and Elsa discuss getting back to Arendelle.

It really looks like there’s a Dalmatian in the Enchanted Forest flashback. Could this be the intruder in the Dark Castle? It’s not Pongo, played by canine thespian Cinder. Perhaps it’s his paramour Perdita. Part of me thinks it might be a shapeshifted Cruella herself, tying her into the past story and placing her among the powerful in the present.

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I really dig Gold’s discomfort about Anna. “The Apprentice” set her up to be an incredible threat to him and his plans if she showed up in Storybrooke. And he’s almost entirely responsible for exactly that, having snatched the Wishing Star along with Elsa’s Urn during his encounter with the Snow Queen in Arendelle. Poor Killian. Nobody gets in Anna’s way.

This episode should solidly wrap up everything specific to the Frozen arc. The ice wall comes down. Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff appear to head home through the Apprentice’s magic door. But what’s it doing in the ballroom of the mystery mansion. Does Gold agree to help them in exchange for Anna’s silence?

And what is Regina’s difficult choice? Do the Queens of Darkness offer her a place at their table? Are they the new fairy tale Plastics?


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Early Observations About “Shattered Sight”

@OED’s Word of the Day yesterday was Maleficent! First recorded in 1678.

Michael’s “Always… no, no… never… forget to check your references.”

Frozen

Of course Anna finds hitting someone in the face and trapping someone in a net romantic. Oh my gosh, why didn’t they get married right there!?!

David: “I’m callin’ you iceman. And you’re from Arendelle!  Whattaya doin’ sellin’ ice? The whole place is Frozen!”

Regina’s self imposeDYWTBASd imprisonment offers another opportunity to show the iconic back to the closed doors imagery reminiscent of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” used in the early episodes of the season.

The extent of Kristoff’s worst self was more or less “I hate it here and you put off the wedding.” Raised by love experts, he’s not the hating type.

Carrot Sherbert.  The Olaf reference you’ve waited all season for.

In the end, it’s Anna’s capacity for familial love that melts Ingrid’s frozen heart. Gerda’s letter and the memories it contains turn her around, but it’s the the younger Of Arendelle sister that lays it all on the line. I’m not gonna lie, it got a little dusty in the room. And it allowed for Ingrid’s act of true love to save everyone.  Once gets it.

Song of the South

Mary Margaret: “Still wanna hold hands and sing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah?”

Written by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1947. It was Disney’s second win in the category.  The first was “When You Wish Upon a Star,” slyly referenced in the last episode.  The controversial film has never been released on home video.

Swiss Miss

Snow points out Anna’s partial resemblance to the mascot for ConAgra’s winter institution. It might be random and it might not. Disney has a long-standing relationship with the food giant going back more than sixty years. Most recently, Disney’s Peter Pan became the official mascot for their peanut butter.

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Snow White

And she asks for a poison apple which is iconic to the show, the Disney classic, and the original Tale 53, Sneewittchen.

Home Alone

4x09 Marbles

“Welcome to the Jungle”

It gets worse here every day.  Regina quotes here favorite terrestrial poet, W. Axl Rose, when she confronts Snow White. “I wanna watch you bleed.”

101 Dalmations

Young Emma grabs a stuffed Dalmation with the claw crane at the state fair. This is a subtle reminder that Pongo actually lives in Storybrooke and sets the stage for Cruella’s entrance next week.

Bonus: The ring around its neck can be seen during 4×05 “Breaking Glass” in Emma’s treasure box.

Harry Potter

The boy who lived gets another shout out from young Emma right before her unstable foster mom tries to get her hit by a car.  She wishes she could “poof home,” or Apparate.

Once Upon a Timetrue love

David and Mary Margaret recast the events of 1×03 “Snow Falls,” or I suppose 3×21 “Snow Drifts” and 3×22 “There’s No Place Like Home.”  Series co-creator Adam Horowitz is with Anna, hitting someone in the face is romantic.  He prefers rocks, but when timey wimey goes all wibbly wobbly, you make due.

Snow also references 2×16, “The Miller’s Daughter,” the episode where she effectively tricked Regina into matricide, sullied her own heart (and now Charming’s as well) and set the stage for the angry Mary Margaret we’ve seen this season.

The grand prize winner, though, is 1×18 “The Stable Boy.” Kristoff calls David “stable boy” instead of scruffy looking nerf her… shepherd.  David follows up by selling Snow out with his reference to the first of her many spilled secrets.  And during the climax of their duel, Regina calls Snow on it and she responds with, “I WAS TEN!” It’s also a good way to point out something the two queens have in common.

As usual, there are many, many more, but they seem to have done something special to close up the arc. Every episode of season four gets a visual or verbal nod, whether it’s the trunk on the beach from last week, the Kingdom Hearts door from “Smash the Mirror,” or the Any Given Sundae scene from the photo found in “Breaking Glass.”

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

With the Shattered Sight spell in full force, it was slim pickings for shipper moments. But it wasn’t completely devoid of great couple moments, even if some of them were antithetical to their normal relationships.

Kristanna

  • Kristanna fared the best of all the couples who actually talked to each other under the Shattered Sight curse. In fact, the worst Kristoff could come up with for aggravations with Anna was that she kept putting off their wedding and had a sister who brought about eternal winter. Perhaps if she hadn’t knocked him out, he would have gotten around to dishing out his Hans resentments, like: “You sang with him?!” Instead, he ultimately proved to be a pretty good guy, even when at his worst.once-upon-time_6

Snowing

  • Being the First Couple of True Love, of course the Shattered Sight curse was shown to hit them the hardest (and the funniest). Snow called Charming a fraud, and Charming called Snow a spoiled little brat. Charming complained to Anna that Snow hit him the first time they met, and Snow rebutted with the fact that Charming caught her in a net. Anna tried to point out the romance (odd though it was) in these gestures, but the spell kept them at each other until Regina arrived.
  • During the Regina-Snow fight, Charming helps Snow win, despite the curse still being in place.
  • And when the curse is broken, it is Snowing that gets the fantastic reunited kiss.tumblr_ng8rwkSe5f1u3pvl5o3_1280

 

Captain Swan

  • tumblr_ng8s7e2SHi1qdsjzio1_250Hook and Emma don’t share a single moment on screen, but even apart, their relationship gets more relationshippy. First, Hook goes to gather Henry for Gold. Henry: “I never liked you, and I like you even less now that you and my mom are together.” Hook: “Emma used that word? ‘Together’?”
  • In fact she did! When Emma goes to get the ultra-hatred unlocked from Regina, she gloats, “I wanted you to see Hook and I together and happy.”

Swan Queen

  • When Emma needs help, she goes to Regina. Sure, it’s to garner her hate like never before, but we all know how thin that line between love and hate really is.


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Once Upon a Time “Shattered Sight” Previews and Predictions

Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×10

CAUTION: Here there be spoilers, sneak peeks, and speculations

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“Shattered Sight” Storybrooke is in a state of chaos with all the residents under the Snow Queen’s Spell of Shattered Sight at each other’s throats. Emma and Elsa race against the clock to free themselves of the ribbons and take down the Snow Queen and her curse. David can only watch when Regina clashes with Mary Margaret in an epic battle. Meanwhile, Gold gathers Belle and Henry as he prepares to leave town forever, and Will Scarlet looks to square his tab with Hook. Kristoff’s thick-headedness leads Anna to a heartwarming discovery, written by Scott Nimerfro and Tze Chun, and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.

Here’s the promo that aired after last week’s episode:

In the first sneak peek, Anna tries to diffuse the tension between the cursed Charmings.

In the second, Regina gets in touch with an old friend.

Judging by the bits and pieces we see in the clips above, this episode is, at least visually, a tightly coherent well constructed culmination of 4A. Consider three simple examples. Anna’s on the opposite side of the bars; outside rather than inside the cell. Regina catching her reflection mise en abyme and literally redrawing herself in accord with the spell recalls the mirrors that dotted scenes early in the season. And we have he dramatic defenestration in the sheriff’s office, shattering glass all over again.

Shattered Glass

Hook’s almost certainly after Henry at Gold’s behest, as part of his plan to leave Storybrooke with his wife and grandson.  While it might seem out of character for the ancient imp to care for a boy he not so long ago considered tossing off a cliff, we had some set-up for this earlier in the season. Henry came to him expressing his own mongoose motivated desire to develop their relationship and an interest in magic. Evil or not, Rumplestiltskin is an emotional fellow given to bathetic sentimentalism.

Last episode, Emma mentioned that Regina had kept a dragon below the library for twenty eight years. We know that was Maleficent and that while her dragon form was destroyed, she’s not exactly gone.  Heading through the tunnels to get to the beach seemed like a weird way to kill time until the end of the episode, but maybe it served a a larger purpose in the season as a whole.  Elsa’s breach of the wall may have let whatever was left of the black fairy out of her prison. And Reul Ghorm’s own imprisonment may have broken the enchantment over her. It’s even possible that she had something to do with the inaccurate maps.

Moreover, she’s connected to the Merry Men and Will Scarlet in particular via Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. The mirror he and Anastasia used to travel between realms was hers. And yes, a mirror.  So, on theme.

I’m hoping we’ll get at least a hint about Gerda’s message in a bottle to her daughters by the end of this episode.  She said in 4×01 “A Tale of Two Sisters” that it was “the only thing that can save them.” I suspect it’s either something that can save them from shattered sight or perhaps the yellow ribbons.

“Shattered Sight” should be the funniest episode of season four as we see everyone at their snarkiest.  All seven dwarfs are credited, so expect a grand melee in the town square.  And we should get some more information about Emma’s past with Ingrid.


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Early Observations About “Fall”

The musical numbers in Frozen are Once canon! Kristoff and Anna fight back to back like John Crichton and Aeryn Sun. And Emma wonders what lip gloss Killian was wearing.

Michael’s “Always… no, no… never… forget to check your references.”

Frozen

Gerda and Adgar’s Sangwrecked ship was in the title sequence.

Anna: And I sang with you. (“Love is an Open Door“)

Pirates are better than wizards. Made me think of “Reindeers are Better than People.” And gave me some hope for the doomed Captain Killian Jones…

“Anna can save everyone!” Elsa had just the right amount of naive enthusiasm.  She did it in Frozen.  She can do it in Once.

There’s a line from “Fixer Upper” that pretty much encompasses Elsa’s actions (and Rumple’s and Regina’s and Snow’s… you get the idea): “People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed.” The line that follows is, “But throw a little love their way, and you’ll bring out their best.”  So I’m still counting on that being the solution.

The Goonies

The underground caves or mines or whatever ultimately open up onto the beach and wishes come true.

Hook

The Boo Box! Red coated Blackbeard just happens to have a trunk for stuffing folks in.  On the Jolly Roger. That he calls for.  Even the rounded top is reminiscent.

The Snow Queen”

The spell of Shattered Sight is the portion of the plot lifted almost unchanged from Hans Christian Andersen. It’s more melodramatic, as befits both network television and especially Once, but the principle and the origin, a mirror, are the same.

Pinocchio

The Wishing Star, or “When You Wish Upon a Star,” weirdly implicating Ruel Ghorm in all this.

Like I careThe Wizard of Oz

Regina: It’ll be sundown before you munchkins can finish.

Leroy: Dwarves, sister.

Regina: Like I care.

Paradise Lost

The title itself, “Fall,” is a reference to the epic poem, about the condemnation of the rebel angels. “And out of good still to find means of evil.”

Duck Talesbackstroke

“You rolled around in gold bars? Weird. And, ouch.”

Rebel Without a Cause

Ingrid: “They will tear themselves apart until everyone is dead.”

Regina: “By sundown, everyone in this town will start tearing each other apart.”

James Dean:

I mean, one character tells us in her scene. Then the other in hers immediately following…

“7”LS

Tenuous at best, this revolutionary classic from 1992 deserves a shout out simply because seven characters literally watch, with binoculars, the eponymous fall roll in on a sparkly cloud. Can I claim the sand of the sea and love through space and time as well?

Once Upon a Time

The big one this week was the callback to 4×02 “White Out,” as David reunites with his bro Kristoff and the bond over their shorn locks and “Joan” comes clean about her codename.

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

Kristanna

  • Back in Arendelle, Anna, Kristoff, Hans, and the rest of the kingdom unfreeze. Hans and Franz and bros. come to take the kingdom, as they do, and attempt to arrest Anna and Kristoff. Kristoff pulls a diversionary tactic of giving up to pull two of the brothers in close so that Kristoff and Anna can smack one upside the head with an climber’s pick and steal a sword respectively, ending up back-to-back with the upper hand. It’s pretty great.
  • After being led into another trap by Hans with the help of Blackbeard (who now owns the Jolly Roger!), Kristoff and Anna are tied up, put in a trunk, and thrown into the sea at the exact spot Anna’s and Elsa’s parents were lost at sea. Anna, in desperation as the water rises in the trunk, attempts to say her marriage vows so that she can at least die married to Kristoff. Kristoff, wanting to keep her motivation to survive intact, says they can get married if they survive. But he does tell her he loves her.

Kristoff: You don’t get to marry me unless we survive. Okay? So just keep your chin up and breathe.

Outlaw Queen

  • Regina goes to tell Robin to scatter the Merry Men because with all of their weapons, they’ll kill each other when the curse hits. She stares at him–“I’m just trying to memorize you like this”–fearing that when the curse hits, he will hate and fear her just like everyone else does. He refutes her claim, saying, “This is real. This is true.”outlawqueen409kiss
  • After Regina seals Henry in the Mayor’s Office for his protection, she turns around to find Robin behind her. He wanted to see her again and offer to come with her now that Roland and Marian are safely away from him. He has faith the shattered sight won’t change how he sees her, that he is not afraid of her. She responds, “You should be.” She rushes to her vault to seal herself away from everyone else.

Captain Swan

  • Hook plays the villain in this episode, though not by choice. The dramatic irony of him hiding behind the counter as Emma, Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff show up to assist in a speedy counter-curse potion after he has just Magic Hat Hoovered the fairies is heartbreaking.
  • Afterwards, everyone meets up at the Sheriff’s Office. Hook comes by to have a “word” with Emma. I had hoped he’d tell her some of the truth, but, really, what good would that do anyone at that moment. Instead, he just wants one last look at her. Emma says she doesn’t do good-bye kisses–“well, maybe just this once.” This good-bye kiss has the added depth of one knowing he’s going to die when this is all over, no matter how it comes out. captainswan409oncecaptainswan409goodbye
  • Post-kiss, Emma touches two fingers to her lips as a way to remember his taste OR because she recognizes something is wrong. Perhaps missing your heart tastes like Cherry Cola Lip Smackers. Alternatively, he had magic dust on his lips from the Fairy Vacuum Massacre and it tastes like Lip Smackers. But being the savior, she can’t be distracted by that now.emmalips

Snowing

  • The Charmings lock themselves in separate cells in the Sheriff’s Office. (I didn’t know there were two cells.) They give Neal to Emma for care. It’s all very sad-making, but not nearly as much as when the Shattered Sight reaches them and all love drains from their eyes and faces when they look at each other. They stand in for what might happen to the other couples if they look upon each other with the curse. Thanks for taking one for the team, guys, now we’re all properly fearful for Outlaw Queen and Captain Swan.

Rumpbelle

  • Rumpelstiltskin’s antics to maintain both his powers and Belle and Belle being pretty obnoxiously naive about the whole thing is making this ship sink. But, if you still have the faith, he does offer this little gem: “I’ll be back soon and then we’re gonna be together. I promise.”


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Once Upon a Time “Fall” Previews and Predictions

 

Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×09*

CAUTION: two promos, two sneak peeks, and some other number of speculations

“Fall” – As the Spell of Shattered Sight approaches Storybrooke, Mary Margaret and David rally the residents to prepare for the curse while Belle and the fairies work together on an antidote. Gold, with Hook as his reluctant servant, sets about an exit strategy of his own. Regina and Robin Hood ready themselves for the worst while, with the help of a locator spell, Emma and Elsa search desperately for Anna. In Arendelle, Anna and Kristoff awaken to find that their kingdom is once again in danger, written by Jane Espenson and directed by Mario Van Peebles.

*There’s some confusion about whether this is 4×09 or 4×10, due to the two part “Smash the Mirror,” but we’re going with the original numbering until further notice.

Here’s the promo that aired after last week’s episode:

And here’s the more recent post break promo:

In the first sneak peak, Gold congratulates Ingrid and offers her a deal.

Emma, Elsa, Mary Margaret, David, Killian, Leroy, and Regina watch from the clock tower as Ingrid’s Shattered Sight cloud rolls in.

The second promo reveals that finally using a locator spell to find Anna worked and they should have tried it sooner. And apparently that’s Belle’s hand in the chemistry lab working on a counterspell with the fairies. I expect we’ll finally see Reul Ghorm in this episode.

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This episode should be as funny as it is sad. Henry’s channeling a young Macaulay Culkin with those marbles. Snowing will be put through the ringer as Mary Margaret and David finally have a fight. Everything viewers shout at the television when either one does something silly has a chance of being played for laughs. The secondaries are bound to brawl in the streets. Expect the dwarfs to mock one another’s core qualities.

And we’ll get to see some modern day Evil Queen action, which is always good for bathetic comedy.

On the sad side, we’ll see some powerful, painful goodbyes.  Things will be said which can’t be unsaid. Hook will be dragged around by his heartstrings doing more and more of Rumple’s dirty work, if he even survives.

The ribbons will keep Emma and Elsa safe from the effects of the spell. The Snow Queen wouldn’t want her beloved sisters seeing the worst in her. But since they’re also siphoning their sisterly magic, they might have to rely on their wits alone.

Will anyone else be immune?  Maybe Anna, already having been a victim, will be the key to undoing the spell.  Perhaps that’s why it’s so important to find her now.


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Early Observations About “Smash the Mirror”

There’s something for everyone.  There are games and rock operas.  And Outlaw Queen shippers activate chakras.

Michael’s “Always… no, no… never… forget to check your references.”

The Who’s Tommy “Smash the Mirror”

You don’t answer my call
With even a nod or a wink
But you gaze at your own reflection, all that
You don’t seem to see me
But I think you can see yourself
How does the mirror affect you?

Can you hear me
Or do I surmise?
That you fear me
Can you feel my temper
Rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise
Rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise

Do you see or hear or
Do I smash the mirror?
Do you hear of fear or
Do I smash the mirror?

Star Wars

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Frozen

“For the First Time in Forever” Chocolates

I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face

Elsa orders a coronation worthy dessert table to welcome her sister home.

“Let it go!”

While they reconnoiter the dusty room in the East Wing, we’re reminded that the past, well, “It’s in the past.”

Anna’s manacles attached to the floor in the dungeon are similar to the ones that held Elsa in Frozen, though they don’t entirely enclose her hands.

Gloves

Speaking of hands…

Elsa’s wearing her gloves from the movie, and they’re Ingrid’s from last episode.  The gloves haven’t been part of the Arendelle scenes before, but they feature in Storybrooke in the deleted scene ABC released; so their prominence makes a little more sense in that context.

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While Anna and Elsa are sneaking around, plotting to trap the Snow Queen, the elder sister halts in reverie before the painting of their parents. The music that plays in the background draws heavily from “Let it Go.” Knowing what she now knows about their intentions in Misthaven, Elsa has to come to terms with that.  The music is a nice touch.

After Anna’s captured Elsa in the urn, she snaps out of her trolden funk with a classic, “Wait… What?

And at the end Emma creates an Aurora…

The Magic Kingdom

…that morphs into fireworks.

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Enchanted

A DEnchantedisney-esque princess travels through a portal from fairyland into the big city.

Both Ingrid and Giselle enter in full fancy dress.

 

 

Tron

It’s 1982, and this foam rubber and computer animated classic is in the theaters.  Hopefully Ingrid chose to chill with one of the most fascinating movies of the decade before setting up her foster home.

Kingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts

Okay, I suppose I have to admit that this might be a bit of a stretch.

There’s plenty of portal fiction to draw from with homeless doors sitting in lonely landscapes.  The Dark Tower and The Chronicles of Narnia both come easily to mind.

But the darkness of the cave and the absurdity of the door’s colors and patterns, despite being kind of Arenedellian seem like an intentional and intentionally cartoony reference.  And the conceit of the game, a mash up of all the company’s trademarks adventuring together really makes it seem like this is what they were pointing to.

 

 

Fantasia

Every instance of the hat technically counts, but we got a very good look at the colors going on inside it and stretching out from it.  I gotta say it looks a lot like some of the frames from “Night On Bald Mountain.”  I wonder if we’ll see Chernabog.

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BackCat Hat in our post about “Family Business,” I made a quip about the cat with the hat, referring to Rumple.  I even wondered if something like, “A lot of good tricks. / I will show them to you. / Your mother / Will not mind at all if I do.” could be teased out, but it felt like I was going to far. But, but, but:

“My tricks are not bad,” said The Cat in the Hat.

Paradise Lost

One of the Charming parents is in dark grey at all times now.  And they keep letting their judgement be clouded by rationalization and negativity.

This evil from good theme is so deeply interwoven by now that it’s getting difficult to tease out individual threads.  Mary Margaret blurred the line between grace and indecency during her pep talk with Regina.  Robin’s code is nowhere to be found.  Henry ended up injured for trying to help.  Rumple’s using an artifact that was only attainable via an act of goodwill for the most dire of purposes.  Hook’s love for Emma has been subverted.  And the Arendelle parallel was the perversion of Anna’s (apparently not so) indomitable optimism.

Marvel Comics

Regina and Henry read Wolverine and Hulk comics while they avoid talking about Emma.

Once Upon a Time

Henry was first seen reading Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk in 1×09 “True North

Page XXIII of (which might also be a Lost reference) of the Once Upon a Time book depicts the scene from 3×03 “Quite a Common Fairy” where Regina walks away from true love.

The shard of mirror Ingrid uses to cast Shattered Sight on Anna is exactly the same shape as the piece she was missing in 4×05 “Breaking Glass

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Will: “She’s really something, all right. If evil queens are your type.  Which I get.”

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

Outlaw Queen

This is the best Outlaw Queen episode ever.

  • outlawqueensmoochRegina’s getting her shoes on. Robin walks in half dressed. Robin: “That was the best…sleep…I’ve had in a very long time. How would you like to come back to my camp and let me cook you breakfast?” She remains all dour about their chances to find a happy ending. He finally makes her smile. Robin: “There’s that satisfying but elusive smile I think about every time I close my eyes.” Regina: “I should have listened to that stupid fairy.”
  • She shows the book to Robin, a sign of trust. Her admittance of failure a sign of vulnerability. They do it again on outlaw logic.
  • Robin goes to Will for help. Will’s answer: Under the magical clocktower? “A libe’ry.” Wherein Robin magically finds alternate page XXIII in his satchel, depicting the meeting that Tinkerbell attempted to make happen but that Regina walked away from.
  • Robin shows her the new page and she starts to believe what Mary Margaret said, that she just has to believe grace is there for her if she makes good decisions rather than evil ones. Robin: “I take it as a sign. Hope.”

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Captain Swan

I can’t help but be a little perturbed that Robin and Regina got to have the sex (twice!) before Hook and Emma even got to second base.

  • Hook spends much of the first part of the episode looking very, very worried. Until, of course, he realizes that she’s going to use the hat, and has “trusted the crocodile.” Nice moment: he calls himself Killian on her voice mail.
  • hookpainHook, desperate to save Emma, finally comes clean on her voice mail. “I wanted to be a better man for you, Swan. But I failed… I hope you never forgive because that means you’ll have got this in time to save yourself.”
  • Gold: “Don’t worry. You’ll get over her. Just like you did Mila. That only took how many centuries?”
  • Hook gets his heart ripped out by Rumple. Afterwards, he runs in to find Emma, the look of concern and the knowledge of his own corruption and demise all over his face and actions. Emma, being the lukewarm fish she is, pulls away from his kiss. Emma: “Easy tiger, we’ve got company. I didn’t realize you were such a fan of my magic.” Hook: “Why would you say that, Swan? I’m a fan of every part of you.” Emma: “If you look at me any harder, you’re going to drill a hole in my head.”
  • Unfortunately, no one is ever going to notice that Hook has his heart ripped out, because it becomes ever clearer that there is a love imbalance in the Captain Swan pairing. Hook has far more attention and care for Emma than vice versa. For instance, after Hook and Emma are reunited at the end of the episode, she fails to notice that he doesn’t leave the house with them to be together and enjoy the fireworks. The least the writers could have to done was tag it with some line about him needing to use the “head” or something.

Emma/Elsa = Ice Swan?double-swans

Ingrid: “They really are quite wonderful together…”

  • Elsa saves Emma from giving up her powers, being the one who understands her and is willing to risk her life to save her. Their hands touching make the “true love’s kiss” light show and cures Emma of her overclocked power. There are fireworks.

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