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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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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.”

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“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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Early Observations About “The Snow Queen”

The deuteragonist of Frozen make an appearance.  Once gets self referential.  And Will Scarlet hands out relationship advice.

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

Frozen

There were, like, three qualifying “Let it Go”‘s.  But only Regina’s, “I need to let it go,” was word for word.

Ingrid’s, “You’re going to let me go,” was close enough, but nothing compared to her  all out recuperation of Elsa’s story.  From hiding herself away to injuring (okay, more than injuring) her sister, the Snow Queen even borrowed some lines.  Her, “What have I done?”was pitch perfect.

In her first scene, her ice shard appears to graze Emma as it passes.  Will that be significant later?

Anna Hit

And we got to see the gloves provided by Rumplestiltskin with some ambivalent dithering about whether they were magic or not.  It was a nice touch.  He also delivered sn homage to Anna’s tenacity with, “Twu wuv comes in many forms, but the sisterly bond is worth its weight in magic.”

King Harald apparently passed his awkwardness on to his granddaughter, Anna.

However, it looks like she got some of her best qualities from her aunt Helga: the aforementioned sisterly love, determination, and sacrifice.  Unfortunately, she seems to have picked up her poor taste in suitors as well.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Duke of Weselton!

Weselton

The moment we saw him, we begged him to dance for us.  He obliged.

He was true to scheming dissembling character and managed to accuse Ingrid of sorcery. He inverted the scene Frozen, saying, “Stay away from me,” a line Elsa will say to him years later.  Perhaps his best line echoed the movie directly.  “…Did I just say that out loud?”

Emma’s lack of control over her emotions and, consequently, her powers parallels Elsa’s both in the film and at the beginning of the season.  She even get’s a, “Stay back!” similar to Arendelle’s queen.

Distance

For all that, I missed the “Wait… What?” this week.

“The Snow Queen”

The folks in Storybrooke spent most of the episode trying to figure out what the big deal about the apparently fake mirror was, which was all according to plan.  But we learned that Pabbie and the rock trolls have the power to alter the memories of entire kingdoms and he even said, “All magic comes wit a price.”  Depending on the translation of “The Snow Queen” the original mirror was created by the devil, a sprite, goblins, or, yup, trolls.  If you were wondering why they kept coming back to him, I think we just got a hint.

Disney Princesses

this is almost too adorable.  Aurora, Cinderella, and Snow White are all together at mommy and me class.

Baby Class & Mickey

The Magic Kingdom

On top of that, the infant to Aurora’s right is dresses head to toe in Mickey Mouse pajamas.

“Fantasia”

Henry’s got the broom again and he’s itching for some magic from the master, but all Gold’s offering is an opportunity to polish wood.

Paradise Lost

See our posts on “White Out,” “Breaking Glass,” and “Family Business” for more on this.  These images of two of our queens are somewhat illustrative, though.  The villain’s in white and the striving hero’s in black.

Mirror Queens

Ingrid tells Rumple,”What you want, is what all villains want… Everything.”  Remember near the beginning where Mary Margaret says, “Well, I want him to have everything”?  The villain isn’t dressed in snow white for nothing.  And Snow’s been empathizing with evil Regina and being a terrible mom to Emma.  She was dressed in medium greys this week.

The Lord of the Rings

Elsa: “Can you read this?”

Emma: “Elvish?  No.  I didn’t even see Lord of the Rings.”

Thor

We caught another glimpse of Mjolnir.

Once Upon a Time

Gepetto's Parents

Gepetto’s parents, or what’s left of them at the end of “That Still Small Voice” are hanging behind Rumple as he greets and deals with the three sisters.

There are a couple of reasons for mentioning this one, since arguably every episode is referencing those that came before in multiple ways.

First, they tend to prop these unfortunates up when they want to remind sympathetic viewers that Rumplestiltskin is a monster.  That the Dark One isn’t a pet name.  They denote schemes within schemes and ultimately disastrous deals.  Demanding the symbolic sisterly bond in exchange for his magical assistance guaranteed its failure and we’ll eventually see how it furthered his agenda.

Second, Jiminy called on the blue fairy for help after assisting with this atrocity.  We haven’t seen her for while, but she features prominently in the other episode overtly referenced in “The Snow Queen.”

Regina’s looking at her near execution, stopped just in time by Reul Ghorm in “The Cricket Game.”  Oddly enough, Jiminy might have been the deciding voice in planning that execution.  Are we going to see more of both of them later?

Storybook 1

The Cricket Game

Saturday Night Live

I wish I had an embedded video, but I encourage you to check out “Sentimental Value Pawn Shop.”  It’s pretty self-explanatory.  The premise of the sketch is that the more emotional impact an object has, the more value it has in trade.  For example, a plastic ring used in a proposal is worth more than the 2 karat diamond bought later.  After the more subtle Hans and Franz reference in “Rocky Road,” this one jumped out before Rumple claimed the ribbons as his price.  And of course, there they were in the pawn shop at the end.

Bonus: questionable meta-references

The Walking Dead

Young Ingrid is the same actress who played Lizzie.  Lizzie’s relationship with her sister is complex, too.

Star Wars

The Duke of Weselton is on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan Arendelle.

Batman

“You’re the queen Arendelle deserves.”

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

Outlaw Queen

  1. This was the Outlaw Queen’s episode. In the first of the two tense, romantic scenes between Robin and Regina, we had him expressing his inability to forget her to save Marian. She again attempts to push him away, but it doesn’t work.
  2. Though Regina was absent from the scene, she’s, of course, in Robin’s mind as he has this exchange with old frenemy Will Scarlet. Sure, it starts as a reminiscence about Marian, but it clearly turns into a flashing red arrow pointing straight to Regina. And it leads to the wonderful scene embedded below.

Robin: Did I ever tell you about how I met Marian?…

Will: She said, “There’s good in him, Will. And when you see the good in someone, you don’t give up on them. Especially if they don’t see it themselves. And if you’re ever lucky enough to find true love, you fight for it. Every day…If you find someone you love enough to ruin your entire life for, it’s always worth it.”

Captain Swan

  1. When Emma is overwhelmed by her magic powers, Hook is the one who approaches her to comfort/help her. Unfortunately, his movement towards her sets off the electrical feedback that sends the light post toppling on David. But perhaps that is just an indication of the power of Emma’s feelings for Hook.
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I imagine I’m alone in this, but I kinda miss the traditional Hook costume. Or perhaps his skinny jeans make him look like he has clown shoes.

Captain Charming

  1. When Hook and David (with Elsa and Belle) are checking out the mirror Ingrid has installed in the clock tower, Hook boasts: “It must be broken. I’ve been staring at it all day and I think I’m even more devilishly handsome and charming than usual.” He then shares a brief look with David.

Swan Queen

  1. Man, if there’s anyone that Emma needs during this episode, it is Regina.

Rumpbelle

  1. Well, there was that line where Gold condescendingly states that he’ll help since his beautiful wife is asking. No, I’m kidding. Ever since these two got married and had their ballroom dance, this relationship has been as flat as Australian crepes. (Get it? Cuz Disney’s Belle is French, but Once’s Belle is, like, Australian?)


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Early Observations about “Rocky Road”

This week we learn what we talk about when we talk about Anna.  The young people enjoy it when Regina “gets down” verbally.  And Erin admits her ships only have room for two.

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

Frozen

With an episode partially set in Arendelle, you don’t have to look to closely, but it’s worth noting that we finally got our “Let it Go!”

Archie: “If you let it go, even just a little”

Marian’s hair streaked with white before she collapsed.

Kristoff: I’ve seen Anna fight wolves, snow monsters, and that idiot from the Southern Isles.

Elsa: Hans.

Kristoff: Whatever his name is.

A reference to Frozen and a bit of character development.  In the movie, Hans was the goal.  Now he’s an old romantic rival.  It felt a lot like Stargarte SG-1‘s recurring “I thought you’d be taller.”  And for that, I thank them.

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Tumblr a-world-of-our-very-own created a clever set of gifs that suggest Elsa’s confrontation with Hans and his angry brothers was modeled after her fight with the guards in her ice palace.

The Jungle Book (1894)

Regina comes at Henry all coy fishing for information about the Once Upon a Time book, but he cottons almost immediately.  So she opens up and reveals her plan.  He’s all in.  All they need is a name for their operation.

Since she’s always in competition with Emma, Regina chooses “Operation Mongoose.”  While the mongoose is particularly well adapted to fight and kills venemous snakes, they typically avoid cobras.  That is, unless it’s a fairy tale.  Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-tikki-tavi” is perhaps the most famous of these, defeating not one but two cobras.  Henry calls it perfect.  And it is.

Bonus: Regina’s browsing the comic version of another ABC show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Tempest

This one properly belongs to “A Tale of Two Sisters” because the actual text we see of Queen Idun’s diary is from Act 3 Scene I of the play.  However it’s taken until now for the full resonance to be felt.  Hook calls Rumplestiltskin out about playing Belle false regarding the dagger.  Will Prospero be able to give up his books and his staff?

(Incidentally, when Elsa claims to be unable to read the runes on the magic urn, she’s apparently forgotten she was reading Elder Futhark before Anna left.)

Hans and Franz

No really.  Nils Hognestad plays Hans’s brother, Franz, in the kind of writerly nerdery best left buried in the credits.  Hans and Franz were a Saturday Night Live sketch duo from the late eighties played by Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon.  NASA’s crawler-transporters were affectionately nicknamed after the pair.

Hanz and Franz

“The Snow Queen”

Yesterday, I suggested that we’d see mirrors to remind us that Sidney’s lurking in the background of the story and reinforce the connection to “The Snow Queen.”  Imagine my delight when they appeared in most of the shots inside Any Given Sundae.  If you were wondering why Marian was a problem to be solved with ice cream, I offer you the Magic Mirror as an explanation.

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

Captain Swan

  1. Hook trades his silence to the dark one to help Emma find the mysterious Elsa-imitator. Gold makes snide remark about hoping she’s worth it.
  2. Over the course of the episode, it became more and more obvious that Emma, in the struggle of repeatedly failing to save anyone this season, was concerned that something bad would happen to Hook. So when she finally admitted this at the end of the episode, naming all of her dead former boyfriends–Neal, Graham, Walsh–it was nice and cathartic. Hook’s response that she needn’t worry about that with him, that he was especially good at surviving was just the response Emma needed. Kiss ensues!
  3. Ahem, the preview for next week wherein Emma asks Hook out on a date, and to mark the big occasion, Hook goes to Rumple for his hand back. Two thoughts: what is he hoping to use that hand for, and will this offer lead to some Halloween-themed shenanigans ala Evil Dead 2?

Outlaw Queen

  1. Robin’s kiss doesn’t work to save Marian because Robin is in love with Regina!
  2. Regina, rather than letting Marian die, pulls out her heart and swears to Robin that they’ll find a way to save her. (Could this count as an act of true love, even if it isn’t for Marian?)

Kristelsa

I’m reluctant to touch this one. I’m really a Krisanna shipper. Sure, I understand that all witty banter has an edge of romantic tension to it. That’s why all those buddy movies are homoerotic. Kristoff is all about the banter on Once Upon a Time, so it seems inevitable that some romantic tension would result. Best of these: Elsa: “Why is it your compliments are so aggravating?” Kristoff: “Well, I start out that way, but you’ll warm up to me.” And, of course, there was that one time when Elsa agreed to be put in an urn to save Kristoff’s life.

Swan Queen

Look, Swan Queens, I’m a Captain Swan girl, so I end up being all but blind to this. However, Michael said there were moments, for instance Emma insisting that Regina could trust her, so that meant she could trust Elsa. And Regina, like, shut up about it.


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Early Observations about White Out

It’s getting chilly around here.  Do you need some intertextual healing? There are kingships and pirate ships, but the best ship is your ship.  Did it get any attention in this episode?

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

Frozen

1. Hang in there, Joan! (“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?“)

Anna’s chosen Joan for her secret mission name, and insists on it in spite of David’s denial.

2.  The cold never bothered me anyway.  (“Let it Go“)

Emma: “Aren’t you cold?”

Elsa: “It’s never bothered me.”

3. A kingdom of isolation and it looks like Evil Queen. (“Let it Go”)

Regina’s holed up at home and she’s not taking visitors; not even her son.

4.  I know you’re in there.  (“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”)

Henry doesn’t give up on here. And Regina opens up to sunlight and warm hugs.

5. I love sandwiches (“Love is an Open Door“)

Ruth packs Anna some lunch she can finish herself on her journey to Rumplestiltskin.

6. Born with the powers or cursed? (Pabbie to Agdar)

When Elsa discovers Emma has magic, this is what she asks.  Emma’s disappointed by the options.

A Game of Thorns Thrones

1. Dark Wings, Dark Words.

Regina apparently sends a raven with a message to Henry to stay away.

2. The Wall.

Elsa encircles Storybrooke with an impenetrable wall of ice.

Filling Plot Holes

1. “You can always give up tomorrow.”

Anna totally taught Charming how to fight and why it’s important.  Elizabeth Lail studied sword fighting at UNC.  So, this is how the shepherd was able to defeat dragons.

Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments

Captain Swan

Clearly, this was a Captain Swan shipper’s episode. There are moments of funny and moments of sweet.

  1. Hook laments he didn’t bring champagne to the ice wall for their “second date”.
  2. Charming asks Hook about his intentions towards Emma and Hook responds he wouldn’t risk his life for loot and that where their relationship goes is as much up to Emma as him.
  3. Hook, in panic, attempts to “pick” his way through the ice to save Emma with his hand.
  4. When Emma is freed, there is much cuddling between her and Hook, and she even changes their hand holding from normal to the extra romantic finger-weave. Also, she runs her fingers through the back of his hair.

 

Snowing

  1. Snow and Charming’s romantic refrain of “I’ll find you,” expands to include whoever needs finding, like Anna.

 

JamesannaAnd introducing…Charming Anna, our new one true pairing!

  1. Pre-Snow Charming, David is a bit like Kristoff, all hairy and cynical…until he meets Anna. Anna is Snow before Snow. Her attitude and skills with the sword literally makes David a better person!
  2. David is willing to fight the impossible fight only when Anna’s life is at stake.


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A Compulsive Shipper’s Confession

captain swanIt is 7:06 p.m. Sunday night as I begin this post. Once Upon a Time‘s season 4 premiere began minutes ago. I am not watching it, because we ditched cable television almost two years ago. We now rely on Netflix and Hulu Plus. I won’t get to watch the season premiere until tomorrow night. And there is some pain in that, because I am a Captain Swan shipper, and their pull on me is strong.

My shipping goes way back. Did Moonlighting or Night Court happen first? In any case, every show that has gained my fanatical devotion has also engaged my shipper-protocol. In fact my interest in Once Upon a Time was waning at the start of season 3 before episode 5’s big first kiss between Captain Hook and Emma Swan. That one scene sorta turned everything around for me. Suddenly I was all-in like I had never been before. And don’t get me started on the last two episodes of season 3 wherein Hook and Emma travel back in time together to the Enchanted Forest. Captain Swan dream come true right there.

Shipping can get out of control. Thus far, I’ve only wasted a couple hours total looking for Captain Swan pictures for my iPad’s wallpaper or rewatching kiss scenes from the key episodes of season 3. I have not delved into fanfiction (like I once did during my X-Files Mulder-Scully shipping days). Heck, I haven’t even followed the actors on Twitter (as my husband does).

But how did I realize I was a compulsive shipper? It was when our toddler got to the end of the Handy Manny episodes and I was ecstatic that Manny and Kelly finally went on a date. Would that ship be called Handy Kelly?

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The internet tells me I’m not the only one. I don’t know whether to be consoled or disturbed by that.

 


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The Joy of Shipping

What this is not: an effusive demonstration of devotion to UPS, USPS, or FedEx. That’s not the shipping I mean.

I’m talking about (relation)shipping, the act of desiring a fictional couple to get into a romantic relationship. Generally speaking, this couple is one that is being kept apart for various reasons: there is something “wrong” about them being together (Logan and Veronica on Veronica Mars, Buffy and Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), their relationship must remain platonic for professional reasons (Mulder and Scully on The X-Files, Mal and Inara on Firefly, Castle and Beckett on Castle), or the show is just milking the romantic tension (see all the above but also Maddie and David on Moonlighting, Sam and Diane on Cheers). Alternatively, this could be a couple that the show gives only a hint of an attraction, allowing a kind of camp or slash reading which could allow for non-hetero sexual pairings, like Xena and Gabrielle on Xena: Warrior Princess prior to the final seasons where their relationship became overt canon.

imageI love the charge of electricity in a great shipper couple. I shipped Mulder and Scully hardcore for many years, even going so far as to read fanfiction that would take them down romantic, non-canonical roads. I would pour over screenshots like the one from “Post-Modern Prometheus” on the left there and watch video clips on YouTube. Talented shippers often show their enthusiasm through images and videos splicing together key moments for the couple.

I think my last shipping excitement was for Logan and Veronica back in 2006. So imagine my joy when a few nights ago the feeling hits me again.

We are midway through season 3 of Once Upon a Time, and I find myself inexplicably pulled into the throes of shipping once again with Emma and Hook. To add to the wrongness of it, my husband has found Hook despicable. But he’s so cute with his tousled hair and black eyeliner. Of course, he’s exactly wrong for Emma, which is exactly what makes him so right. He’s the bad boy type with his black leather duster and his hook hand. But he’s also a great match for Emma. They get each other, understand each other’s tricks. As a former bails bondsman, she’s used these tricks as well as foiled them many times over. There’s clear chemistry. And, he’s not unlike Neil was 12 years prior–a thief and a liar, a criminal with a heart for Emma.

Is this line a Princess Bride reference, making Hook the Dread Pirate Roberts and Emma Buttercup? Suits them.

Is this line a Princess Bride reference, making Hook the Dread Pirate Roberts and Emma Buttercup? Suits them.

But coming to the shipping so late means that some of my normal shipper activities are risky. I realized this when simply seeking out the video clip of the S3.E5 first kiss. Though there are plenty of fan-made videos, images, and fanfic to indulge in, to do so means opening myself up to all of the spoilers for the episodes we haven’t caught up with yet. Boo.

I’ve found OUAT to be a mixed bag, but the shipping has renewed my interest and then some.

Emma + Hook 4-Evah!