Once Upon a Time 6×07 Fan Panel

Caro, Kristin, Marina and I discussed 6×07 of Once Upon a Time!Image result for once upon a time 6x07

What did you think of this episode overall?

Caro: I have to admit it: all the Snowing scenes took me back to Season 1 and I LOVED IT! It was really nice to see a Snow and David adventure both in present time and in a flashback. I find it incredible how their relationship has grown throughout the seasons, acting as the powerful team they’ve always been and overcoming things together.
Madeline: There were so many season 1 feels which was nice. I think it was beautifully written. No surprise there considering Jane Espensen wrote it. She is queen of script writing. Even though Snowing isn’t my favorite, it was nice to see them back in action again.
Marina: I think it was a good episode, it was nice to see Snow and David flashbacks and also the way they faced this crisis. Honestly don’t like to see the Evil Queen with Rumple. Wish there had been more Emma and Hook moments, but it was a good episode and we also got a lot of parallels between Snowing and CaptainSwan! P.S. Loved everyone’s reaction to the so called “chemistry” between Rumple and Regina. LOL!!
Kristin: Another great episode!  We can always count on Jane Espensen for an episode with all the feels and this one was no exception.  It was fantastic to get a good Snowing episode – it’s been awhile.  I think sometimes we forget that their relationship is really the cornerstone of this whole show and that, without them, there would be no Emma, no Henry, so on.  It was good to see Snow and Charming “returning to their roots” so to speak.  They were prepared to sacrifice themselves to save everyone else.  I’ve missed those crazy kids!

Did you enjoy seeing bandit Snow and Prince Farming back in the Enchanted Forest?

Caro: I think that my answer to the previous question says it all. But yeah, it was amazing to have the chance of seeing a whole new story that marked something important in their relationship, even if they had no idea about it until they touched the “magic little baby tree thing”.
Bonus: David’s dog, Wilby, was adorable!!
Madeline: A unique twist on their EF selves. Like I said before, they’re not my favorite, but this made me like their characters even more. And as Caro, said the dog was adorable!
Marina: Absolutely, not only individually, but watching them interact with each other without seeing one another was brilliant. We could sense already a connection, a sense of it was always meant to be! True love was already in the air!
Kristin: Just when you think that we’ve been given as much Enchanted Forest back story as is humanly possible, the writers throw something like this at us! It was a good addition to what we already knew and just further proof that Snowing is the original true love story. They always say that they’ll find each other!

So…the vault scene. Give me your feels on that scene. SO MANY FEELS.

Caro: Oh God. I could totally fangirl about this for a long time, but I would need more than a paragraph. The scene was so adorable, full of motivation and support. It was one of those moments that makes you say “Relationship goals, man. They are definitely relationship goals”. It’s marvelous to see the strength of this couple and how their love keeps developing time after time. Hook reminds Emma who she is by telling her a story, and OMG isn’t that the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I swooned!! He knows how to make her feel better because he knows her so well, and that is simply beautiful. Ok, I’m gonna stop now, otherwise I’ll keep talking and talking about Captain Swan.
Madeline: Well, I previously wrote a post on why this scene is important. You can read that here. I’ll go ahead and reiterate my feels though because this scene elicited so many feels for me. It was beautiful, and the reason being is because you saw in that scene how much Hook believes in Emma. That’s so important. He gave Emma hope when he need she needed it. I swear that man is just so wonderful. I would like my own Killian Jones please and thank you.

Marina: Where to start!? It was special in so many ways. I really wish Hook haters would put their hate aside and see the development of Killian’s character. He was a good man who turned into a villain because of the pain of losing his loved ones. However finding Emma and falling in love with her brought back the good man he was. All that makes him who he is and helped to become a better man to the woman he loves, to her family who also welcomed him, friends and to his new home Storybrooke. The man that we saw in the vault, once more helping Emma to remember that she has strength, that she can do anything, that he believes in her. And once again we saw that Killian helped Emma to relax. They are indeed true love, they are soul mates, kindred spirits, whatever, they are perfect for each other. This scene was once more a proof of that and it’s why I love them so much.

Kristin: This may be my new all-time favorite Captain Swan scene or, if not, it’s way at the top of the list.  It was beautiful and heartfelt.  We’re really getting to see Emma’s vulnerable side this season, and while I’m all about strong women, I think it’s really important to see this, considering her visions.  She NEEDS to let everyone help her through this, protect her and try to provide her some assurances.  That being said, Killian killed this scene.  He just keeps proving over and over again how much he loves her.  We don’t even need the words (although I’d like them).  Emma needed this reminder of who she was and where she came from.  I cried – I won’t lie.

The Evil Queen didn’t kill Snowing like she wanted to. Instead she put them on a sleeping curse. How do you think they’ll be able to shake this? 

Caro: It’s OUAT, anything is possible. My theory is that Emma will have something to do with the solution. As Hook said, when Snow and Charming couldn’t find one another, she was there to do it. However it works, they will overcome it, I’m more than sure.
Madeline: I was surprised that she went…umm soft on them. I mean obviously the situation isn’t ideal, but it’s better than death. You know, I really have no idea how they’ll shake this. I’ve seen rumors that Emma will be involved somehow. I guess we’ll wait and see.
Marina: I’m not sure but I think that it will be either Emma, Neal or Henry or all of them, breaking the curse with TLK since they are also their true loves. At least that’s the way I see them. Another possibility is some other form of true love that we haven’t heard yet.  Or maybe if they are able to destroy the Evil Queen, her spells and curses will be undone.
Kristin: I will admit, this really threw me for a loop.  As soon as Charming woke Snow with true love’s kiss, I thought to myself, no way, this is too easy.  It’s a great twist on the sleeping curse (although raises some questions for me about how it’s even possible for them to be under one at all, considering they’ve both been under one before.)  I can’t even begin to guess how they’ll shake this.  My suspicion is that it will have something to do with Emma, considering she (and baby Neal) are probably the only other sources of true love that are available to them at the moment.  I have a feeling it might go on for a little while…

Do you have any hope for Rumbelle after that…icky scene? What did you think about Belle approaching to Rumple?

Caro: To be honest, I think their current status keeps separating Rumple and Belle more and more. He’s still a villain, seeking for his own good and now allying with the Evil Queen (and making out, eww). When is he going to change? Probably never. Perhaps in the long-term they can find some peace with one another, but right now I don’t see stability in their relationship.
Now Belle. I feel proud of her! She’s facing her husband, showing no fear and demonstrating that, even though she feels lonely at times, she can handle things and doesn’t need Rumple at all.
Madeline: Hope is dead when it comes to Rumbelle. Sorry to those who ship it because I do have friends in that fandom. However, my respect for Rumple is nonexistent. He cheated on his wife who’s carrying his son. I have a few choice words for him. I loved that Belle went off on him. She’s not my favorite character, but I am so proud of her. She needed to do that.
Marina: Rumple and the EQ are totally…..ew….ew! I’m not a big fan of Rumbelle, but I hope that things will turn around. I actually like Rumple as the villain, but I also understand Rumbelle fans and Belle is expecting his child. Since this show is also about hope, maybe Rumple will change and become a better man. If not, I don’t like the notion of Belle being with a man so dark when she’s a hero. Some can say that she knew he was a beast when she met and fell in love with him, correct, but she always believed that deep down he was a good man and eventually that would come out. Unfortunately we saw him chose to become the Dark One again when Killian sacrificed himself to destroy darkness. Even if they are separated I think it’s nice of Belle trying to share moments of her pregnancy with Rumple. Who knows, that might make the difference? For now I’m enjoying this new Belle who is stronger and not buying any small talk from Rumple.
Kristin: All hope that I had left for Rumbelle is pretty much gone at this point. That relationship is on life support – it’s time to pull the plug. I don’t think there is much that can salvage that relationship at this point. Give it up.
It’s about time Belle gave Rumple a piece of her mind. He deserves any of the wrath that she unleashes on him. It’s LONG overdue and I hope she doesn’t waffle on it. He doesn’t deserve her and, frankly, he doesn’t really deserve to have anything to do with their child.

What do you think this new envy on Zelena means?

Caro: Regina (even though she wasn’t aware most of the time) always had everything Zelena didn’t, starting from their mother’s love. So now that the Wicked Witch has seen her evil sister with Rumple, I believe it’s not a new envy the she has, but an old one that is resurfacing.
Madeline: Suspenseful music plays in the background. Yeah, like Caro said, some resurfacing feelings of envy is coming back. I knew Zelena would turn on the Evil Queen eventually, so I’m not surprised. Let’s get green!
Marina: Probably that she hasn’t changed and that she will revert to how she used to be. I actually feel divided because I think she’s a great villain with her sassy lines, but I also think it was important that she and Regina get along and even more for her baby’s sake. Her envy is very strong. I still remember her in AU while Regina was dying and Robin was supporting her, envy appeared even when she had no memory of it.
Kristin: I actually think it’s a combination of things that is causing the envy in Zelena right now.  We know that she gets very angry about not being chosen and that’s a trigger for her.  At the moment, she’s not being chosen by Rumple as his flavor of the moment (who she definitely still has a little thing for, I don’t care what anyone says).  She’s also not being chosen by the Evil Queen to assist her with her destruction of the inhabitants of Storybrooke.  She’s jealous of their relationship and the fact that she’s being excluded.  Frankly, I think it’s a matter of time before she turns on the Evil Queen completely and decides to help the heroes defeat her.

Fandom Panel: Once Upon a Time 6×06

Caro and I, along with a couple guest writers, Kristin and Marina  (Welcome ladies!), weighed in on episode 6×06 of Once Upon a Time! I know this is super later. College and stuff. Image result for once upon a time 6x06

Okay, deep breaths. What did you think of the episode as a whole?

Caro: It was a great one! I really liked the way the writers connected Nemo’s story with Hook’s. Simply brilliant! It gave me a lot of Captain Cobra feelings, because the situation they were put in marked a big step for Henry and Killian’s relationship. Also, I enjoyed watching Emma helping Aladdin by showing him her past mistakes. She recognized her errors and has learned from them. If that’s not an excellent character development I don’t know what it is. 

Madeline: My favorite episode all season. Wait, scratch that. My favorite episode since ‘Firebird’. I loved the character development on Hook and Henry’s part. Not only together, but as individuals. Overall, I was very satisfied with it.

Kristin: This was absolutely my favorite episode of the season so far. In fact, I think it was probably my favorite episode in a long time.  This episode was really necessary in terms of progressing Hook and Emma’s relationship.  Emma and Henry is the core relationship of the entire series.  Emma and Hook’s relationship could not progress the way it needed to without there being some kind of understanding between Hook and Henry.  There are a lot of blended families in today’s society and I think that this episode was a reaction to that as well.  I also loved seeing more of Hook’s backstory.  Aside from being my absolute favorite character, he’s had such an interesting story and so much of it has been about his ability to let go of his anger and his need for vengeance.  Hook’s entire storyline is how you do redemption.  Also, Colin O’Donoghue is the master of the facial expression and this was his best episode yet, hands down.

Marina: It was very good. Not only they brought one of my favorite stories from my childhood but they tangled it with Killian’s need for a family.

How did you feel about Henry’s reaction to Hook about the sheers? Did you think he was too harsh?

Caro: I do understand the part in which he got mad because they had previously agreed to get rid of the sheers. However, I think he overreacted. Hook’s reasons to keep them were good, he just wanted to have them as an option to save Emma because he can’t even think of the idea of losing her (and apparently the rest is willing to accept that she might die). So yes, in my opinion, Henry was way too harsh on Killian, mostly when he said he wasn’t part of the family. It was so rude. At least I’m glad that things were okay at the end. 
Madeline: Way harsh. I guess it all boils down to that teenage attitude that we all had. I was a teenager only a couple of months ago, so I understand. However, he was way too harsh. Him telling Hook that he wasn’t family and didn’t care about anyone was a touch too far and unnecessary.
Kristin:   Initially, I did thing Henry’s reaction was a little harsh, but the more thought I gave it, I realized that it was a typical teenager reaction. In combination with being really protective of his mother, Henry is a teenager.  Teenagers tend to react and not give a lot of thought to the consequences their actions have.  He’s likely reacting to the fact that Hook moved in in the first place.  Then to find out that after Hook promised to get rid of the shears and didn’t was probably a shock to Henry.  He was understandably angry, but it was nice to see how it played out and how, eventually, he came to an understanding about why Hook kept them and maybe even finally saw how much Hook loves Emma.  I still cringe, though, when I see Henry tell Hook he’s not even a part of the family.  I get this teenager-y reaction, but ouch!
Marina: Yes it was too harsh, I understand that he is a teenager and things at that age are felt stronger and overreacted but Killian did what I would have done, keep the only thing that could save the person I love.  
We saw Liam Jr! What were your overall thoughts on him being on the show and not forgotten?
Caro: It really took me by surprise! I was definitely not expecting to see this character again because Adam and Eddy had said in an interview from season 5A that they hadn’t established plans for him yet. But I’m glad they didn’t forget him because I hate when stories are left behind. I think Liam’s plot was different than I would’ve imagined, but it was still great and well developed. I just hope that we see more of Liam 2.0 in the next episodes, it would be nice to see him bond with his half-brother while they sail or go for a drink 😉
Madeline: I think it was interesting to see that he was brought in. I wasn’t really expecting Adam and Eddy to bring the character into play, but I am glad they did. It gave Hook a sense of closure in regards to their father’s death.
Kristin:  I loved this story – have I mentioned how much I loved this episode! I also liked Liam 2.0 better than Liam 1.0.  There is an entire island of forgotten OUAT characters somewhere outside Storybrooke and it’s really nice when the writers bring one back and tell their story.  I loved that Hook and Liam 2.0 could come to some kind of peace, even though what Hook did to Liam was pretty egregious.  The story between Liam 2.0 and Captain Nemo was lovely.  When we got word that they had casted Nemo and were writing him into a storyline with Hook, I couldn’t help but think that we really didn’t need any more villains running around.  It was nice to see that Nemo wasn’t a villain after all and he was trying to help both Jones brothers.
Marina:I was so glad that we finally saw him and found out about his story. Not sure about the timeline though lol. I know he’s not becoming a regular but I hope in a future we get to see him here and there. After all he’s Killian’s brother. 
Opinion on this…errr…romance between Rumple and the Evil Queen?
Caro: One word: EWW. With all due respect to the ones who like this, I really find it quite unpleasant and not of my liking. Not only it’s messing with Rumbelle (and the Rumbelle fandom of course) but I also think it’s kind of extra. On the other hand, this is probably leading to some Wicked vs. Evil confrontation, so let’s wait and see what happens when Zelena finds out that what her dear sis has been doing.
Madeline: Oh how I was wishing for a sleeping curse during that scene. NOPE.
Kristin: I can’t even discuss this (but I will.)  I have REALLY strong feelings about the Evil Queen right now and how absolutely bizarre she’s being portrayed, so that’s probably coloring how strongly I feel that the Rumple and EQ relationship needs to stop dead in its tracks.  I also absolutely hate how one minute Rumple is trying to get Belle to listen to him and see what a decent guy he is and then the next minute he’s making out with the Evil Queen.  It’s just not ok with me.
Marina: Maybe disgusted is a too strong word to describe it…..no…. actually that’s the perfect word for it lol. It’s a real weird romance although we know it’s all about what each can get out of the other for their own purpose and probably a very sick attraction eww!!!
Give me your reaction to seeing Hook and Emma being all domestic at breakfast. 
Caro: It was a strange combination of “OMG OMG OMG DOMESTIC CAPTAIN SWAN”, “Aww, they look so cute!! So married” and “Is this real? Is this a fanfiction or something created by my imagination?”
Yeah. That happened. Can you blame me? It was Captain Swan (and Henry) interacting as a couple that already live together in their beautiful house!
Dear OUAT writers, PLEASE give us more scenes like this, I beg you!
Madeline: My heart is forever thankful that we got that scene. It was so adorable because they were acting like such a husband and wife. I’m going to need more of those quiet domestic scenes. Maybe without Henry though.
Kristin: At the very beginning of this scene, I actually felt really awkward, which is, I’m sure what the writers were trying to portray. It is an awkward thing when the dynamic of any family changes and everyone in that relationship is trying to feel that out.  However, it was very sweet and a very appropriate first scene now that Hook has moved in with Emma and Henry.  There was definitely an undercurrent of intimacy happening and for the love of everything holy, let’s hope that Hook and Emma got to have a “quiet moment” because they need it!
Marina: First of all I want more lol but what can I say, it was a simple yet so full of meaning and feelings moment. It was like after all they been trough (and still do) they are rewarded with this normal and loving moment where life at least for a while is smiling at them and rewarding them with a family moment. Hope is one of many domestic moments Adam and Eddie will share with us. 
What was your favorite moment of the episode? 
Caro: Hmm, hard to tell. I think I’d go for the part where Hook decides to save Henry and take him out of the Nautilus even if that means sacrificing himself (the feels here are strong, not gonna lie). This scene shows that Killian is not doing it for Emma, it proves how much he cares about the kid, contrary to what the Evil Queen and certain people of the fandom think.
Madeline: This question is stupid because every scene was my favorite moment. I can say this question is stupid because I crafted these questions myself.
Kristin: My favorite moment was the scene with Hook, Emma and Henry and then just Hook and Emma at the hospital at the end of the episode. When Henry told Hook he’s see him at home, it was a great way to wrap of the angst between them.  It was an obvious understanding between the two of them that Henry was taking his first steps to accepting Hook into his family and that it’s Hook’s home too.I really thought Emma was going to be more mad than she was about the shears, however, I’m glad for the way the scene happened.  She would have been pretty hypocritical to get angry at Hook for trying to save her considering the extraordinary lengths she had gone to to save him.  It almost broke my heart when he said he couldn’t get rid of the only way to save her, even though it might make her hate him.  We all know there is probably very little he could do to make her hate him at this point, but he was really unsure of what her reaction would ultimately be.  This relationship has developed in a really organic way and I was glad to see that there were no dramatic reactions to this very understandable action on Hook’s part. 

Marina: I loved the entire episode (except the eww last kiss) but I have a tie between two scenes, the one where Henry comes back to save Killian and we know he considers him family and the moment where Killian and Emma talk about what happened with the shears.

Captain Swan Recap: “Into The Deep”

Uploading this on my travels. We’ve had some seriously horrible weather today and found that I had time to do some Captain Swan recapping. Queen of Hearts will be coming soon!

Into The Deep: 


  • Hook finally arrives at the bottom of the beanstalk, unaware that Cora is waiting for him. Cora asks for the compass and Hook tells her that he doesn’t have it. Cora is clearly not happy with his response.
  • Cora asks Hook who was the one that bested him and Hook answers; “The Swan girl… Emma.” He promises it won’t happen again, but Cora isn’t interested in his excuses or promises.
    “You chose her… And the consequences of that decision.” Cora explains to him.
  • Cora decides as punishment, Hook isn’t going with her to Storybrooke and she poufs away, not listening to his pleads.


  • Hook wakes a sleeping Aurora who is still Cora’s prisoner. Aurora panics thinking that Hook is there to kill her, but Hook assures her that he’s setting her free. He informs Aurora that Cora is denying him passage back to Storybrooke and that he’s helping her escape because he doesn’t like being double crossed.
  • As Aurora goes to leave, he stops and asks for her to give a message to Emma. He asks Aurora to tell Emma that their deal still stands and that if Emma provides him passage back to Storybrooke, he’ll still help her obtain the dust from Cora to open the portal.
  • Aurora nods her understanding and leaves when Hook tells her too. Once she’s gone from sight, Hook’s soft act breaks and it becomes clear he is up to something.


  • As Mulan and Mary Margaret argue over what to do with the compass, Aurora arrives back and stops them. The three appear shocked to see her.
  • Emma asks Aurora how she escaped from Cora and Aurora informs Emma that Hook let her go. Emma asks Aurora why and her facial expression is one of surprise.
  • “Because of you.” Aurora tells Emma. Aurora explains to Emma that Hook wanted to prove to Emma that she should have trusted him.


  • As she says this, the group are unaware that Cora is currently speaking as Aurora through Aurora’s heart that Hook had taken earlier.
  • Aurora/Cora says that if Emma had trusted Hook, they could have defeated Cora together and that they could have gotten the remains of the wardrobe and now without him, she’ll have to go up against Cora by herself.
  • “He only wants to help, I… I think he may care for you.” Aurora/Cora says, earning a shocked look from Emma.


  • Hook comes into view behind Cora and says; “Nice touch that.”
  • Cora tells Hook that Emma won’t trust him and Hook explains to her that Emma doesn’t have to; she just needs to believe he was genuine in letting Aurora go and Hook wagers that Emma does now.
  • Cora agrees to take Hook once again to Storybrooke with her, because he took Aurora’s heart. Cora reminds Hook they still need the compass and Hook promises it will soon be delivered, before walking out of the cell.


Captain Swan: “The Doctor” Recap

The Doctor:

 So before you begin, I had to do this in dot points because it was a bloody narrative in paragraph form. I’m hoping before September 25th that I can recap all episodes with Captain Swan in. 

  • Emma, Mary Margaret, Mulan and Aurora arrive back at the Safe Haven after their journey, only to discover that all the refugees have been murdered and that they are all missing their hearts. Mary Margaret concludes that Cora is responsible.
  • Emma walks through the bodies, examining them and she notices a ringed hand waving in an attempt to get her attention. She, Aurora and Mulan rush forward and help to remove the dead body off the survivor, who turns out to be a dashing man pleading for help. His eyes meet Emma’s and she’s visibly stunned to see someone alive.

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  • The scene switches to Hook who sits at a picnic table, his head in his hand as he pretends to be in shock. He sits alone.
  • Mulan and Emma slowly make their way towards him, Emma with a cup of water for the survivor. Mulan explains to Emma that she has seen him around before and that he is a blacksmith who lost his hand in an ogre attack. Emma isn’t convinced and tells Mulan that it is messy for Cora to leave a survivor.
  • Emma hands him the water, he thanks her with a trembling voice and takes a long gulp of the fluid.
  • Emma doesn’t waste time and questions the man how he had managed to evade death. The man who has already planned his tale begins to explain to Emma how Cora attacked during the night and slaughtered everyone, and when he saw that she was ripping out people’s hearts, he hid under the bodies of those who had already been killed.


  • Emma doesn’t look too impressed with his tale and clearly does not believe him as the man continues to insist that it was all he could do to survive.
  • Still not believing a word of his story, Emma leans down so she is eye-level with him, and tells him that she is “going to let him in on a little secret”, and that she is pretty good at knowing when someone is lying.
  • The man, (if I do say so myself, looks quite entranced), and once again insists that he is being truthful.
  • Emma simply gives him a small smile and stands back up.


  • Mulan suggests that the group leaves and continues to try and find a way back to Storybrooke, to which Mary Margaret agrees with
  • As Mary Margaret explains about how much time she got with her husband and grandson, the lone survivor immediately breaks his act and perks up and enquires after Henry, unaware Emma has moved to stand behind him.
  • His smile only continues to grow as he informs the group that he knows the land well and that he can guide them.
  • He is suddenly cut off mid-sentence when Emma grabs his hair, pulls his head back and holds a very sharp dagger against his throat.
  • “You’re not going to guide us anywhere, until you tell us who you really are.” Emma threatens.


  • Mulan successfully manages to tie the man to a tree, whilst he continues to proclaim his innocence
  • Emma is having none of his lies and whistles loudly, which signals an ogre. Emma turns back to the man and tells him that he if he won’t talk to them, he can talk to the ogres as they rip him limb from limb.
  • The man doesn’t say anything and Emma starts walking away, telling the others to follow her, which they do. Aurora protests not convinced that the man is lying, but Emma insists he is.


  • The man finally drops his charade when he realizes that Emma is deadly serious about leaving him behind.
  • “Good for you.” He calls. “You bested me. I can count the amount of people who have done that on one hand.”
  • Emma walks back towards him, asking if he is trying to be funny. She doesn’t give him anytime to respond and once again asks who he is.
  • The man introduces himself as Killian Jones, but is more commonly known by the name of Hook. Hook tells Mary Margaret to check his satchel when it appears she doesn’t believe him.
  • “As in Captain Hook?” Emma asks with a very unamused expression on her face.
    “Ah, so you’ve heard of me.” Hook cockily responds as Mary Margaret pulls out a silver Hook.


  • The ogres continue to grow closer and Hook no longer looks worried… just annoyed.
  • Emma is now facing Hook again and she tells him to start talking or he will be an ogres dinner, and Hook realizes that she is deadly serious and he has no way to escape, so he finally begins the truthful version of his tale.
  • He tells Emma about Cora’s plan in wanting him to gain their trust so he could learn all about Storybrooke as Cora doesn’t want any surprises when she arrives there.
  • After Mary Margaret insists that Cora can’t get there because they destroyed the wardrobe, Hook quickly informs them that the enchantment still remained and by Cora gathering up the ashes, she has a way to open a portal.


  • Another roar comes; this time closer and Hook once again asks to be cut loose, to which Mulan disagrees with as she believes that he should pay for all the lives he took. Hook quickly responds an angry glint in his eye as he tells Mulan that Cora was responsible for that. Emma only looks at him for a few moments before once again turns to leave, ordering the others to follow.
  • Hook asks her to wait quietly at first, but Emma simply ignores him which prompts Hook to shout instead and tell the group that they need him.
  • Emma looks unimpressed and turns back to face him, questioning why they need him.


  • Hook tells Emma that they both want the same thing… to get back to Storybrooke. Emma moves back towards him and is convinced that Hook will say anything to save himself and that she has no reason to believe him.
  • Hook quickly explains that he offered transport with Cora, but considering how resourceful she is, he’ll offer her the same deal. He will help them if they promise to take him back to Storybrooke with them. He informs the group that Cora is seeking an Enchanted Compass as the dust can only open a portal and that he will help Emma obtain it before Cora does.


  • Mary Margaret doesn’t look convinced and tells Emma that she thinks it sounds too good to be true.
  • Emma turns back to Hook, draws her dagger and once more holds it against his throat in a threatening manner, Hook looking extremely displeased at this.
  • Emma demands for him to tell her why he wants to go to Storybrooke and that she better believe what he says.
  • Hook looks Emma dead in the eye as he tells her he wants to enact revenge on the man who took his hand… Rumplestiltskin.


  • Later in the day, Hook leads the group to the beanstalk and his hands are tied.
  • Emma and Mary Margaret remain a few metres behind and agree that they are being led into a trap, but because they know this they can stay one step ahead.
  • Hook stops and Emma comes to a halt beside him, looking at the beanstalk in the mere distance.
  • It hits Emma as she looks at the beanstalk that the compass is at the top and Hook soon confirms her suspicions.
  • Emma has worry in her voice as she asks Hook how they are going to get up there. Hook can sense that Emma is uneasy about the climb and tells her that beanstalk isn’t the thing to be worried about. It’s the giant at the top.


Favorite Arc: Watch Us Fangirl

Beware: fangirling ahead. But you already probably guessed that. In today’s post, we disclosed what our favorite arc has been throughout Once Upon a Time’s run: Neverland, Frozen, and Camelot/Dark Swan. Watch us fangirl over our favorite arcs below! (I (Madeline) apologize for my awkwardness !)

Emily: Neverland Arc

Carolina: Frozen Arc

Madeline: Camelot/Dark Swan Arc

Favorite Captain Swan Moment From ‘Last Rites’

Favorite Captain Swan moment from “Last Rites”

 “Last Rites” was definitely a heart breaker for sure. Despite the leak of promotional pictures earlier that week, and Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), being confirmed as this episode’s causality, it didn’t matter how long people spent mentally preparing to see it on screen, it broke our hearts, and I am sure all Robin lovers and Outlaw Queen fans are still in mourning, and many probably will discontinue the series.

Despite myself not being crazy on Robin or Outlaw Queen, (I’m hardcore Captain Swan), the sight of Robin sacrificing himself for the woman he loves, Regina (Lana Parrilla), and watching his son Roland, (Raphael Alejandro), place arrows on his father’s grave broke me. I found myself wanting to turn back the episode and stop Hades, but alas, I’m not able to.

A lot of sad events occurred in this episode, but I’m always the one to think of the positive moments as well.

This week’s episode had some beautiful Emma (Jennifer Morrison), and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) moments. Even though Emma and Hook weren’t physically together for all of their scenes, they still managed to get the hearts of Captain Swan fans fluttering, and allow us to smile throughout the angst.

I decided that instead of me choosing which scenes were the favorites of this week, I chose to hold a poll on my twitter account (@_HookedOnEmma_), and asked members of the Captain Swan fandom to vote and choose which one was their favorite. The poll consisted of four options, and fans were given twenty four hours to vote. Out of 378 votes, there could only be one winner.

  1. Killian Worried About Emma


Coming in fourth place at 2% was the scene between Killian and Arthur in Hades’ lair. (Never thought we’d see this bromance).

It was evident that it was painful and stressful for Killian that he wasn’t with Emma and able to see for himself that she was safe, and that Hades wasn’t trying to harm her. So the only thing he could do was try to send Emma help from the Underworld, which led to his noble quest to find Hades’ missing pages, with the help of Arthur.

It’s not often we see people worrying for Emma on the show. For example, during the Dark Swan arc I questioned her parents severely during the lead up to the Camelot ball, and their decisions to help Regina than be with their own daughter-at her first ball with her parents present. Killian, despite knowing that Emma is surrounded by all her family and friends, did nothing but worry for her safety. Despite him being the one trapped in the Underworld, the place for eternal suffering until your unfinished business is complete, he still only wanted to save her, and not himself.

  1. Emma Stroking Their Page


This was probably my second favorite moment in the episode for Captain Swan, but this one jumps into third place with 4% of votes.

Back in season three, when it was first revealed that Emma and Killian had their own page in Henry’s storybook, I can remember not being able to breathe and having a big goofy grin on my face. For a couple to have their own page in the book, it’s special.

This particular scene was a beautiful reference back to the season three finale. I truly believe that Emma’s walls began to crumble at rapid pace during their time in the past, and them dancing together at Charming and Abigail’s ball was a moment for them to become intimate with one another. Hook didn’t judge Emma because she didn’t know how to dance. Instead, he took her hand and showed her how to, and even complimented Emma calling her a “natural”.

Emma stroking their page with a ghost of a smile on her face is beautiful. She is looking back at their happy memories and not regretting anything. It isn’t until she starts tearing up that she finally looks away because she doesn’t want to remind herself that he is gone and not coming back. (Or so she believed in that moment of time).

2.Emma at Killian’s Grave:

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This scene landed in second place with 5% of votes.

This was the one Captain Swan scene I was most sad about watching because seeing Emma crying over Killian’s grave is heartbreaking. Emma, who has done nothing but give people their happy endings in the past, is having such a hard time attaining hers. She and Killian have already made it clear they are one another’s happiness and with their true love confirmation in “Firebird”. It only seals the deal.

Emma is crying because she thinks he’s gone forever, that he’s moved on. She believes she won’t see him again until her death, and there is probably nothing more heartbreaking to a person than that.

  1. Reunion


I think it was fairly obvious that their reunion was going to finish in first place (89% of votes), but I still thought it would be fun to make a poll on it.

Emma is probably feeling guilty that another person has died, and once again she thinks it’s her fault. As Emma prepares to say goodbye to Robin, a rush of magic whooshes the graveyard, and Hook appears behind her.

Their reunion is beautiful. Neither can believe that the other is really there. Killian says Emma’s name like a question, and she can only look at him in shock, before finally making her way to him. You can see Killian reaching for her, as though he believes this is a dream, or that his heaven is an alternate world for him and Emma, but when she finally reaches and kisses him, there is a brief moment of hesitance before they both realize that they are really together and embrace one another tightly.

Killian begins to explain how he got back, but Emma is so overjoyed at seeing him, she just continues to pepper his cheeks with kisses, which results in Killian losing track of his thoughts and he begins to stumble over his words. In their joy, Emma cuts him off by kissing him once again, and both express how happy they are that the other is safe and that they are euphoric to be back with one another again.

Emma remembers where they are, and not minutes ago, they just said goodbye to Robin Hood. She and Killian embrace one another tightly as they look on at Robin’s grave sadly.

Overall Episode Rating: Despite the death of our beloved Robin Hood, this episode was enjoyable. I gave it a 3.8/5

Once Upon A Time returns this fall at 8/7!

‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 5 Finale Review

Last night was the season 5 finale of Once Upon a Time. I have always been impressed with the finales for this show, but this finale fell short for me. To be honest, I barely even remember what happened in both episodes. Besides the snarky comments made by Hook and Zalena. Oh, and of course Emma and Hook’s cuteness! Nonetheless, I am still amazed at the creativity and originality that Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis has delivered fans with.Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla on Once Upon a Time

‘Only You’ centered around Henry and Violet mostly. Which, okay, it’s cute puppy dog love, but it was boring. The episode starts with Emma and Killian returning from their reunion. Emma tells Killian to wait outside of Granny’s to break the news to Regina. However, the town lights and shakes and Killian comes running in to see if Emma was okay. Everyone is abuzz with how the heck Killian is alive. Which then we get a Captain Charming hug, so it’s all good.

Emma and the gang go to scope out the source of the flashing light. Surprise, surprise, it’s just Rumple. On a quest to stop Rumple, Emma suggests to Regina that she sit this one out, which Regina refuses. Soon enough, Henry takes Violet with him to New York to end magic all together. His moms chase after him, trying to find him before Rumple can. Why waste time driving to NYC when all three of them have magic?

Meanwhile, Zalena opens a portal to send the Camelot visitors back home. Only she can’t close the portal and her, the Charmings, and Hook get pulled through. They end up on the property of a mental hospital. It doesn’t turn out well for the heroes because they’re promptly thrown into a strange cage. After the crazy dude chokes Killian (honestly, can the guy get a break? He’s been trough hell and back. Literally.) Jeckyll then seperates himself from Hyde and the heroes battle the crazy man. Hook puts his hook to use to kick some butt while Zalena uses her magic. We later learn they are in the hands of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Intersting choice, I would have to say.

Back in NYC, Emma and Regina find Henry and Violet in the library where they’ve discovered the holy grail or whatever it was they were looking for. Prior to finding them, Rumple knocked the two kiddos out. Did Henry really think he could fight the Dark One? LOL, kid. Now would have been a wonderful time to lecture Henry for running away, but nope.

But finding Rumple wasn’t so hard considering he was holding some kind of satanic ritual in his hotel room to wake Belle. When he summons the power, he chooses to save the crystal wand instead of his wife. Need I even comment on this? Nope, won’t get into that.

As the episodes progress, Henry has decided to suck the power out of the world. Yep, this is a huge problem considering his family is still stuck in the other realm. I get it, kids make mistakes, but that was just stupid. By this point, I am totally done with Henry. I ever really did like the kid because I always thought he was kind of annoying. Not to mention, he treats Emma like his punching bag, lashing out on her. First Regina lashing out on her and telling her that she wanted to ‘rip Hook’s throat out’, then Henry. So, the Swan/Mills gang have a major problem on their hands. Tension is at an all time high.

Turns out the Dragon was no help either. So, sorry I’m not a New York girl, so I don’t know the name of the fountain, but they all surround the wising fountain. This is where Henry tells Emma that he would throw a penny in the fountain and wish for Emma’s happiness when they lived in NYC. Then a  few days later Hook found Emma. Yay! This gives them an idea. Henry mounts the stairs and gets everyone to throw a penny in the fountain to help find the rest of his family. Sure enough, out comes Zalena, Killian, the Charmings and Jeckyll from the fountain. Naturally, the sane people of NYC assumed it was all an act.

Before the family returns to Storybrooke, Regina decides to use the injection that separated Jeckyll from Hyde. The Evil Queen appears in front of Regina, and Emma and Snow tell her she needs to end her. So Regina crushes the Evil Queen’s heart. We’re all happy and well. For now at least. Side note: I love Regina, but she created the Evil Queen. It was born in her; it wasn’t some curse she was under. She chose that fate.

While the gang heads back home, Rumple makes a deal with Hyde. Oh great, just what the town needs, another crazy maniac. Before heading into Granny’s, Emma pulls Killian aside. I totally thought we would get a proposal or even an invite to move into together, but we got something else. Emma tells Killian that she loves him. Now, this may seem like a little thing. I mean, they have confessed their love for one another, but this was different. They weren’t facing death or darkness, Emma just wanted to tell him she loved him. It was simple, but those two never had it easy. Also, it was the cutest kiss they have ever shared! All hail the CaptainSwan lift kiss!


All is happy, and I’m feeling good about my OTP. However, it wouldn’t be Once without something bad happening in the last five seconds of the finale. Reverting back to NYC, the Evil Queen appears in front of the Dragon. The episode ends right as she crushes his heart. Looks like we’ll be getting a Regina v. Evil Queen battle next season. Not only is the Evil Queen back, but Hyde is in Storybrooke too. This can’t look too good for the heroes.

My theory is that Regina will only be able to defeat the Evil Queen by also defeating herself. And maybe we’ll also have a scene where the Evil Queen crashes CaptianSwan’s wedding. I for one loved the Evil Queen! Also, the fandom royally  deserves a scene of relaxed bliss for Hook and Emma. Hopefully we won’t get anymore of everyone guilt tripping Emma. And maybe someone grounding Henry. 😛

Rating: 6/10

Once Upon a Time season 6 returns to ABC in the fall. No reason you can’t binge the first 5 seasons though!

Once Upon A Time: “Firebird” Review

By: Carolina

The 20th episode of Season 5 was one of the most emotional and intense of the series, showing us not only a dramatic goodbye scene with Emma and Killian, but also the Lord of the Underworld with an ace up his sleeve, not having changed his sinister plans even though he received a true love’s kiss from Zelena. My heart aches after such angst -I don’t even know how I’m able to write this- but let’s make a recap of how our favorite heroes and villains lived the unexpected and stressing moments in last Sunday’s episode:

The Emma flashback was quite meaningful in the character’s life. I mean, Cleo helped Emma become not only that badass bail bondsperson, but also taught her to use an armor to protect herself, to be more rational than emotional. In my opinion, it’s good to have both of them. You can’t always lead yourself through tough situations by only thinking with your mind, sometimes it’s good to also let your heart guide you.

OUAT 5x20 Emma ArmorAnyways, it was gloomy to see Cleo not making it after escaping from the cops, and more when Emma learned that she had been in the same situation: Cleo had given up her child years ago, empathizing with the situation Emma was living as well. So in some way, they were more alike than they thought. The end of the flashback was both sweet and fantastic, Emma telling Tasha about her mother and getting her own armor: the well-known red jacket we all love.

I definitely liked to see those Rumple-Pan scenes. It’s interesting to see how torn and tricky their relationship is, catching certain tension and rage between them. When Rumple took Robin’s heart I definitely hated Rumple. However, when he told his father that he had actually placed a glamour spell on the “heart” and returned Robin his, I felt not only relieved but satisfied. This of course does not justify Gold’s evil ways to get what he wants, but at least he didn’t mess up everything. Seems like we have already seen the last of the former Neverland ruler.

And what about the heroes wanting to help the residents of the Underworld move on? Excellent decision, Henry. I have to admit he’s worthy of being the Author. It’s all about helping others and not thinking selfishly, which I believe it’s one of the greatest messages of the show.

We also saw more of the sisterhood between Regina and Zelena, which I have become very fond of. It’s nice to see them act like a real family after two seasons of wanting to break one another’s neck and destroy the other’s happiness. Robin, on the other hand, was not that convinced when Regina told him to trust The Wicked Witch when it came to hand her their baby. It was hard for him and it’s completely understandable. How many things has Zelena done to them, always deceiving them time after time? I just hope that this perspective changes because, in my honest opinion, I do think that Zelena is changing (let’s just see what happens on next episode since the promo showed a not so friendly Zelena).


Hades! I can’t believe he was willing to leave the heroes back in “Underbrooke”, not caring about them even though he had a deal with them. The only good thing he did was remove their names from the tombstones, but apart from that, he was very determined to get to Storybrooke no matter what. I guess that Zelena wasn’t right at all, love didn’t change the Lord of the Underworld and that is going to bring catastrophic consequences, very likely to include a broken hearted Zelena.

Now, let’s get to the part that made me fangirl but also broke my heart, the highlight of the episode. Emma and Hook ventured themselves to the deepest part of the Underworld with the hope of feeding him with the fruit of Ambrosia so he could finally go home. OUAT tells us Orpheus and Eurydice’s story in a different way than in the original mythology, but it still kept its essence. I love how the show has included Greek stories and the way they have linked them to the core characters.

The True Love test was something I did not expect and for that, I feel marvelously in love with how the writers put it. Unlike the rest, this test was about choosing the one you loved above your own life, which made that moment a magnificent and unique one.

The pirate and the savior sharing one of the most painful and touching farewells in history made me sob uncontrollably the rest of the night. Seriously, how many times do we have to go through this before Captain Swan finally gets a happy, peaceful, angst-free moment? I do hope it’s soon, otherwise my shipper heart won’t be able to handle it.

OUAT 5x20 Emma Hook Bye

Once Upon A Time’s “Firebird” exceeded my expectations, not only for the fact that we had many Captain Swan moments, but also because we got to see a significant time in Emma’s life that left a mark on her. I do like how Henry is getting more and more into his author role and I hope we get to see more of this. My only worry right now is Hades, because he has lied to Zelena and for sure will turn her against her sister and the rest of the heroes.

Finally, I’d like to express how crazy I went with the promo for next week’s episode. We’re not only getting a lot of disagreements between the characters, but also a devastating scene of a funeral, Killian Jones’s funeral! We do know he’s coming back; the question is HOW?

Yeah, it’s gonna be a hard week until Sunday arrives.

Rating: 9.5/10

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 7/8 pm.


Once Upon a Time: ‘Sisters’ Review

I am trying my hardest to reign in my emotions long enough to write this post. Cause of said feels? Mostly the promo for next week’s episode, but also this episode. Thank you, ABC, for giving me an episode that didn’t make me utterly annoyed with the Underworld arc. So much happened in this episode. Here we go:

The Zelena and Hades thing? It just isn’t working for me. I love Zalena. She’s totally insane, but I can understand why she is that why. Her life was not easy, and she didn’t really have anyone to turn to. Not to mention that Regina and her had the chance of being sisters, but Cora took that away from her. I loved the dynamics between Zalena and Regina this episode. It’s no secret that the Mills sisters haven’t taken too kindly to each other the past few seasons. Yes, what Cora did was awful, but I think it brought Regina and Zalena together. Maybe, and that’s a ginormous maybe, Zalena will change for the better now that she knows she actually has a real sister. Is it so wrong of me to hope she remains evil? Rebecca Mader plays wicked so well! Also, I loved how willing Hook was to help Regina find Cora. When she took the magical band off with the hook, I was like ‘wasn’t Killian literally just wearing his hook?’ He was, but he was off being a hero.

Now we switch directions to another pair of siblings. The ultimate showdown between David and James. I’m not going to lie, I was screaming when James tased David. Dang, James, not cool. I like how creepy Josh Dallas played James though. For example, when he walked in and was being all weird with Emma. I’m surprised Emma didn’t sense that he wasn’t her dad. Doesn’t she have that super power of telling when people are lying? So ‘father’ and daughter venture into the woods to find Robin. Only Cruella arrives and James reveals his true identity by pointing a gun at Robin. Cue nervousness from me. Then Cruella punches Emma in the face accompanied with a snide remark of ‘that’s for killing me’. Emma took that punch like a champ; she hardly even winced. It just looked like she wanted to kill Cruella again. That was one of my favorite parts of the episode. Also, I loved when James and Cruella were being all lovey-dovey, and Emma was just wincing like a teenager watching her parents.

The dock scene really made me jump off my couch. James and Cruella were trying to kill Robin and Emma. But what happens next? Hook and Charming, ultimate brotp, come running to the rescue. David goes after James, and Hook goes after Emma. Side note because I am CaptainSwan trash, I loved how Emma ran into Hook’s arms. It was just cute and I fangirled. David and James are engaged in a brutal fight. Except James loses the battle and David pushes him into the Rivers of Lost Souls. James had it coming for him, so nothing to feel bad about there. Although David, being the guy that he is, feels slightly bad for condemning his brother to such an awful fate. But nobody messes with the Charmings and gets away with it. *insert punching emoji*

We end the episode with Hades jamming out to some classic music of sorts. Honestly, that guy is just so weird. I don’t even find him intimidating, and he’s supposed to be the God of Death. Yikes. Regina sends Zalena off to find her love with Hades. Of course we can’t have an episode end on a happy occasion. Oh no, that just wouldn’t make any sense. Rumple shows up, red with rage, and tells Zalena how he basically hates her for encouraging Belle to put a sleeping curse on herself. Low and behold, Rumple had a trick up his sleeve in the form of Peter Pan. The episode ends with Pan putting a bag over Zalena’s head in, what I assume, is an attempt to kidnap her. To do what? No clue. She’s the Wicked Witch. Can’t she just poof her way out?

Overall thoughts: I was impressed with this episode. I liked the bond between Zalena and Regina. I even liked Cora passing out of the Underworld. As crazy as that woman was,she kind of grew on me. I really enjoyed the whole David-James dual too. And that David and Hook rescue was great! Of course I would have been a bit happier if CaptainSwan had more screen time, but they’ll get their chance.

And here is the part where I rant about the twenty second promo for next week’s episode. OMG. Emma announces that it is time for them to all go home. *throws confetti* Only, there’s a twist. Hades sends Hook and Emma into some weird tunnel with no means of an escape. There we see Hook telling Emma good bye and her screaming “I don’t know how to say goodbye!” The show’s creators really know how to toy with our feels-separating true loves once again. My theory is that true loves kiss will let Hook come home with the heroes. Because remember, he is still dead.

Rating: 7.5/10

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 7/8 pm.