Once Upon A Time ‘The Thing You Love Most’ is a new, “grown-up,” fairy tale TV series on ABC, co-created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz of the hit series Lost. The series stars Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk the Line), Jennifer Morrison (Warrior), and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) that centers on Emma Swan (Morrison), a woman with a troubled past who is lured to Storybrooke, Maine, where magic, somehow, exists. It is here she may find out that fairytales just may be real. In this episode, Regina (Lana Parrilla) tries to push Emma (Jennifer Morrison) out of Storybrooke, and some disturbing information about the Evil Queen reveals itself. *spoilers below*
Quickly picking up from the rather mediocre season premiere, things swiftly change for the better in tonight’s Once Upon A Time chapter The Thing You Love Most. We found out just how Regina became the Evil Queen, birthed from a broken heart. I find it incredibly intriguing that the show is able to play between two worlds or two periods of time without skipping a beat from one fable realm to the next. Back to Storybrooke, the people noticed that something is different–time is moving forward since Emma remains in town.
Regina may be upset with Henry (Jared Gilmore) for bringing Emma to the town in the first place–Regina is trying her best to soil Emma’s reputation. Still, Henry believes that Emma is Prince Charming and Snow White‘s daughter. When Regina asks Henry where were the missing pages of the book, he asks he asks why does she care? It seems that Regina is more concerned that Henry believes she is an Evil Queen, rather than being his mother. Emma, still worried about Henry, is back at the bed and breakfast when Regina knocks on her door with a basket filled with beautiful red apples. Emma is highly suspicious of this gesture since their last run-in. Regina basically told Emma that she threw Henry away, and for Emma to stay away and not interfere in their lives again.
Flashback to the wedding of Snow White and Prince Charming, just as she vanished and reappeared in her castle– we catch a glimpse of the magic mirror, asking her what did she mean by ‘destroying everyone’s happiness?’ And her manservant, Henry–her own father–who tries to tell her that revenge wasn’t necessary. Never caring for what he said, she is fixed on making Snow White pay. In order for her to do this, she has to visit her old friend, Maleficent, whom she had traded the ‘sleeping curse’ she used on Snow White–which of course failed when her true love, Prince Charming broke the spell with a kiss. Maleficent, of course, won’t trade the curse back to the Evil Queen “there are lines even we shouldn’t cross” she stated. However, in order for the Evil Queen to fulfill her promise to ruin Snow White’s happiness, she needed that curse. A fight ensues between the two very powerful sorceresses, with the Evil Queen victorious in battle. She has her hands on the curse, but she needed to know the proper way to execute it. Queue in Rumpelstiltskin. It is always good to know that, within a show, there would be an underlying villain or hero. It is uncertain exactly which role Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) will play. It is certain, he will be great at it.
With ‘the curse to end all curses’ in play, hearts ablaze, and the devastating aftermath of the curse takes effect, there is no stopping Regina. Emma, after being jailed twice by the manipulative Mayor, and kicked out of the B & B– takes a chainsaw to Regina’s beloved apple tree and tells her in so many words–don’t fu*k with me. Cat fight! It is in this episode, that the characters evolve and this most certainly seals in the depth of the series. Now that Emma is in town and we are beginning to see more of the background stories of the shows characters–things are starting to get more interesting. Cutting down apple trees, and Rumpelstiltskin–the force is strong with this one.
There are questions left unanswered: Does Emma truly believe what Henry is telling her? Regina wants to know just how Rumpelstiltskin “found” Henry and exactly how much Rumpelstiltskin is involved in the curse? More importantly–what will the Evil Queen do now? I am loving the interplay between characters and worlds. This was a most curious episode.
This is shaping up to be a brilliant fantasy-drama for ABC. Looks like we have a winner on our hands people. See you next week!
“You know what you love, now go kill it.” Rumpelstiltskin
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