3 Things I Learned From ‘Once Upon a Time’

  1. True love can be found in the most unlikely of places: One of my favorite aspects of the show is the romance between couples. I do realize that the show is not centered around romance, but Adam and Eddy have created powerful portrayals of love. Not just any love but true love. And each true love pairing was unlikely and complex- which I adored. Emma fell in love with Killian who was a former pirate and villain. Snow fell in love with a prince who aggravated her. Regina fell in love with a man “who smells like forest” and was a thief. Somehow, each couple was able to set aside their differences to give in to love. A Savior and a pirate. A bandit and a prince. A queen and a thief. All unlikely loves with an amazing story. True love conquers all!

2. Woman are just as strong as men: The female empowerment is strong on this show. The women kick some serious butt and are not overshadowed by their male counterparts. They are treated as individuals, not sidekicks to the men. Emma constantly saves Hook. Snow has saved Charming. Regina has saved Robin. We see in each female character some serious strength. Whether it be physically or mentally. The women on this show are not afraid of any fight…or monster.

3. Redemption is possible: Okay I know I said the true love thing was my favorite aspect, but I lied. The redemption arcs in the show are so great! My favorite, and I might be biased because I love him, but Hook’s redemption arc was so strong. He was ruthless and arrogant, but when he found Emma, that all disappeared. Sure he has some moments of pirate, but he’s changed for the better. Love has changed him. From a man that killed his own father, to a man who saved an entire town from the Underworld. (yes, he did save them. That was the Dark One talking when he tried to banish them). Then we can’t forget Regina’s powerful redemption. From an evil queen who murdered villages, to a hero. The strength of her loves, Henry and Robin, changed her for the better. Like Hook, she still has bits of malice in her, but she has dramatically changed.


‘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: ‘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.