Is CaptainSwan Doomed? No Way!

Because Twitter has been up in arms about Emma’s secret maybe destroying Hook and her relationship, I just wanted to share my thoughts. Basically: they are not doomed. CaptainSwan will still continue to sail and destroy everyone’s hearts from cuteness overload. (Sorry for my appearance…was just at the gym!)

Once Upon a Time’s Biggest ‘OMFG’ Moments

There have been some pretty crazy plotlines through the run of this show. You know? Those moments when you just scream “oh my freaking goodness!” Or the other word you would like to replace with freaking. So here are our top ‘OMFG’ moments

Caro:

It is well-known that neither Rumple nor Neal are my favorite characters, but it’s rather funny to say that the moment which nearly made me fall off my chair involved those two. It was on Season 2, when we learn that Emma’s ex boyfriend and Henry’s father is no one else than Baelfire, The Dark One’s son. 

For me it was super shocking! I really didn’t see it coming! It was something that I took long to process because it was crazy. I innocently thought that Neal Cassidy was just another ordinary man from The Land Without Magic that had no connections to the Fairy Tale Land. Well played Mr. Kitsis and Mr. Horowitz. Well played. 

I remember that episode when Gold asks Emma to help him find his long lost son, so the two of them, along with Henry, go on a quest to the overcrowded and busy city of New York. The former bailbonds person finds Baelfire’s location and gets to him, but is rather taken aback when she realizes that Rumplestiltskin’s son is also the man she used to love and the father of her child. (My first reaction to this was a long, high-pitched “Whaaaaaaat?”)

That moment took me by surprise a lot, for real. Just think about it. From all the people in the world, from everyone he could meet, Neal Cassidy crossed paths with someone who actually came from the same place as him, the place where he was running away from. And not any ordinary person. It was the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming! The one who would break the curse! 

It made me see that the characters’ meeting was a matter of destiny. I mean, it wasn’t a mere coincidence that The Savior fell in love with The Dark One’s offspring and had a boy who would be an important key in the story (quick reminder, he’s the Truest Believer, The Author, and took Emma home in Season 1). 

Also, this connection meant new additions to the already big OUAT family tree. We even have a conversation between Mary Margaret and David where they realize that Gold is also Henry’s grandpa (and we see a hint of jealousy in David). Yeah, I really believe that someone should give an award to the show for having the “Biggest and most complicated family tree ever”. LOL. 

Madeline:

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Admittedly, I can think of a ton of weird moments on this show, but nothing compares to the moment we found out Zelena was Marianne. And that she was pregnant with Robin’s baby. SAY WHAT!?

Since I was a late starter with this show, I knew most of the plot spoilers from season 1-5A. So when something crazy happened, I was surprised but I already knew it was going to happen. However, I had no idea that Zelena had possessed Marianne’s body in the season 3 finale. I also had no idea that she was pregnant with Robin’s baby. That was all kinds of OMFG.

I remember watching that episode, surprised that it was Robin centric. Then I found out the reason why it was and nearly spilled coffee on myself. I totally did not see that coming. And why was Robin so chill about it? I was pretty much on a fangirl rampage, but he was all like ‘I need to be honorable and be there for Zelena’. I think he could have been not honorable at least once. Because seriously, WHAT THE HECK.

That whole plotline was just…disturbing. We knew Zelena was crazy, but that was like next level insane. Honestly, I still don’t understand completely why everyone forgave her after all of that. Especially Regina. I get it, sisters have a special bond, but come on. I would never forgive my sister if she did that. Granted, we’re not magical and my sister isn’t some crazy lunatic. But still. I find is weird that everybody is okay with it.

Side note: totally loved when Zelena was all evil, but this change of heart is kind of unbelievable.

Grab Your Tissues: Top 3 Saddest Moments on OUAT

Because I just watched like the saddest CaptainSwan AU video on YouTube and it made me realize how heartbreaking this show is. I apologize in advance if you’re crying.  In no particular order, the top 3 saddest moments on the show:

  1. Killian’s sacrifice: If this didn’t make you ugly cry, you are not human, or you are simply devoid of emotions. I remember watching this scene one day after school. It was a dreary day and I knew the scene was coming because I watched it after it premiered. So I’m watching it and it happens and I literally start bawling my eyes out. Now, I am a weakling when it comes to TV shows or movies; I cry at everything! However, this scene was heartbreaking in so many ways. Not only was Killian dying, but Emma was losing her other half. She was losing one of the only people in her life she would die for. I just remember staring at the TV long after the episode ended, crying into my coffee. There are pictures on my phone that I took of myself after the episode. Black makeup is just running down my face and my eyes are completely red. Why did I snapchat that to my friends anyway? So, yah, that scene shook me up a bit.
  2. Robin’s sacrifice: Are you sensing a trend here? I knew Robin was going to die, but I had no idea how. When I watched ‘Last Rites’ I hadn’t known that would be the end of Robin. Once again, this sacrifice was sad in more than one way. Robin was that kind of character who you liked just because. He certainly didn’t deserve that fate, but I understood why he did it. He died to save Regina, and that is so powerful. I know OutlawQueen shippers are hurting, but his death shouldn’t be in vain. He died for the woman he loved. How intense is that? Yes, it sucks, but he saved Regina. No matter your indifferences towards Regina, you can’t but help feel bad for her. She’s lost everyone she loved . (Why can’t I find a gif of this!?)SEAN MAGUIRE, LANA PARRILLA
  3. Killian and Emma’s goodbye: Let me start by saying, I was so pumped for this episode. I was so sure Killian and Emma would be going home together, hand-in-hand. HAHAH NOPE! It was the episode after my weekend reporting at one of the OUAT cons, so I was super high on life. Then I watched ‘Firebird’ and I felt dead inside. What we got was not a happy going home episode, but the complete opposite. Everything is going well-Emma and Hook are confirmed true love. Yay! Except Killian can’t exactly return home and he tells Emma to let him go. And she does. And then my heart shatters and I’m crying on the floor and I want to throw my TV out the window. But I don’t, obviously. Just the raw emotions on Emma and Killian’s face as he watches Emma ascend in the elevator. And the dialogue before she goes: promising each other to find happiness after. At this moment, I swear, I was convinced I would never be happy. This scene was a lot more upsetting than his death. Even though I knew he would be back, but I wasn’t sure at the moment. HEARTBREAKING.

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.

THIS GIF MAKES ME UGLY CRY!

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

Season 3: Our Favorite Episodes

I (Madeline) love doing these group posts because you see the different writings and our different thoughts on the show. So, I decided we each pick a favorite episode of ours in each season. Yes, I do realize that I started with season 3, but that’s the kind of girl I am. Who plays by the rules anymore? (Okay, I do.) It’s just that I adore season 3; therefore, I decided to write about it first. Let’s be real, season 3 is the holy grail of the show. Thankfully, all four of us had a different episode in mind! Read below to see Emily, Carolina, Joanna, and my favorite episodes of season 3:

Madeline: 3×12 ‘New York City Serenade’

This episode is my all-time favorite because it’s not only setting up for a new arc, but it has some hilarious lines. Not to mention, Hook is chilling around NYC in a pirates outfit. Also, Emma’s outfits are super cute.

Emma and Henry are living their curse free life in NYC until Hook returns to try to make Emma remember Storybrooke. He tries to jog his memory by locking lips with her, but she knees him in a place that I’m sure didn’t feel too good. He also attempts to have her drink something, in which she promptly says: “drink the thing the crazy guy offered me? No thank you”.  We later find out that Emma is getting serious with some dude who is definitely not Hook. While Emma is on a date with Walsh (ugh Walsh), Hook somehow manages to find her and make her listen to him. In which Emma responds “you’re a crazy person person or a liar or both”. To which Hook says: “I prefer dashing rapscallion. Scoundrel…?” This scene was my ultimate favorite!

Then of course there’s the scene where Emma has Hook arrested for assaulting her. Good times, good times. Emma soon has a change of heart, wanting to hear out Hook. So, she breaks him free from the ‘brigs’, and Hook is appalled by the place because they force fed him ‘something called bologna’. I definitely don’t blame him; bologna is nasty. Emma drinks the potion, and soon, her past comes rushing back to her. Hook and Emma decide to leave for Storybrooke the next morning to save the town and her family. Of course, Henry thinks Hook is some crazy perp and questions his clothing. That exchange was hilarious because Hook got so offended. How dare you insult Hook’s clothing!

Hook (in all of his hotness), Emma, and Henry leave for Storybrooke. Shortly after Walsh tries to kill her. That awkward moment when you find out you’ve been dating a monkey! They arrive back in town and Hook finally can screw his hook back on. Swoon, when he flicks Emma’s hair with his hook…aw.

I loved so much of this episode. I loved how they were back in the Enchanted Forest and acted like a team. I loved the Captain Swan exchanges. I loved the dialogue. I loved the introduction to Zalena. “The queen may be evil, but I’m wicked and wicked always wins.” Love that quote!

Emily: 3×05 ‘Good Form’

I think we can all agree on the fact that Season 3 is one of our favorite seasons to date. I come to you with a specific purpose today, and that is to discuss 3×05 “Good Form” (aka The beginning of the rest of our lives).

So many things happened in this episode–where do I begin? First of all, lets just get one thing out of the way: it happened. Emma and Hook finally lock lips in the first of many passionate embraces to break the internet. Did you squeal? I know I did. At this point their “true love” had not been confirmed, but lets be clear on one thing: it’s hot. The way she grabbed his leather jacket…excuse me I need a moment.
“Good Form” was not only an important episode for the us fangirls, but for the show. It revolved around our dear pirate, showing us the good ol’ days of two handed navy lieutenant Killian Jones. We learn about his brother Liam, who was an idiot trying to prove a point and caused his own death, and it leads us back to the budding romance that is Captain Charming. 
Can you see why this is my favorite yet?
So not only do we get to see about Hook’s past, and what turned him into the dashing rapscallion he is today–we get to see a heroic side of him when he ventures to help save David, a romantic side with Emma (I’m still drooling), and the change from his submissive old naval days to this headstrong hunk of a pirate we all love so dearly.
So basically this Hook centric episode was one to die for (thankfully Liam took the plunge for us).

Caro: 3×21/22 ‘Snow Drifts’/’There’s No Place Like Home’

Perhaps my favorite episode from season 3 might be too cliché, but I can’t help it. Yes, I’m talking about the season finale (5×21 “Snow Drifts” and 5×22 “There’s No Place Like Home”), better known by its colorful moniker as “The Captain Swan movie”. 
It was a two-hour special in which Emma -thanks to the journey to the Enchanted Forest of the past- finally realized that Storybrooke was her home, that being with her family and friends was something she needed and wanted, and of course, when she finally let Killian bring her walls down, opening her heart to him (I swear it’s been the moment I’ve fangirled the most in the whole show). 
Another of my favorite scenes? The ball at Midas’s castle. It was lovely to see “Prince Charles” and “Princess Leia” dancing across the ballroom wearing fancy clothes, and more when it was her first dance ever (awww). 
But it wasn’t only the cuteness of Emma and Hook which characterized the season finale. The Rumbelle wedding scene was phenomenal! I mean, it was perfect listening to Belle and Rumple saying their vows, which fitted not only them but also the rest of the couples as we saw some romantic scenes of them as well.
What about the official announcement of the baby’s name? Totally cute! Maybe too obvious, but still cute.
Of course not everything was happy (it’s OUAT, come on. Adam and Eddy never give us an episode with 100% of happiness). We saw OutlawQueen’s course take a sudden and unexpected turn when Marian (well, Zelena, but we had no idea then) was brought from the past. Regina did go mad that time! How could she not? She was starting to experience love again and suddenly it all crumbled.
And then, the last seconds of the finale… Holy cheese!! I definitely didn’t expect Elsa to come out of that vase, but as soon as she froze it I started to freak out (I think I even spat out the water I was drinking). I’m a big fan of the movie, so imagine my excitement when I realized that the Queen of Arendelle was going to Storybrooke! That and the fact that Emma and Hook were finally together made me pass out. Several times. Yeah. God. I need help.

Joanna: 3×20 ‘Kansas’

“Kansas”, is definitely one for the Captain Swan record books. Conversations about Emma’s future in Storybrooke, Emma choosing to save Hook over keeping her magic, and Hook being present for a special moment for the Charming family were fluttered throughout the episode, painting smiles onto the faces of Captain Swan shippers everywhere.

I, as a viewer, adored the scene where Hook questions Emma about why she wants to leave, and he concludes it’s because she can see a future in Storybrooke. “A happy one.” Emma simply responds with: “let me guess, with you?”. Unbeknownst to the viewers in that moment of time, it was a big  foreshadowing for 5×08, when Emma chooses that she wants Killian to be a part of her happy ending.

The scene that followed this one, only continued to get more captivating. Zelena went on to command Mr. Gold to throw Hook into a well and attempt to drown him. The only way that Hook could be saved would be for Emma to kiss him, which would remove all her powers. Despite thinking at that moment that she wouldn’t be able to defeat Zelena, Emma leans down and kisses Killian awake, and he splutters out the water moments later. Emma looks relived that he is okay, but Killian touches his lips and looks shocked and slightly angry that she chose him.

My favorite scene from Kansas, and still a favorite to this date, is the hospital scene. Emma watches as her mother is reunited with her baby, and Hook appears in the hallway behind Emma. Even though this is a family affair, Emma doesn’t tell him to leave and doesn’t look annoyed at the fact he’s there. They share a few laughs together, and when he thanks her, Emma is surprised to learn that Killian thought she’d let him drown, given their history together. To me, Emma definitely had strong feelings for Killian here. Killian then asks her about her magic, and Emma tells him that she is still planning to go back to New York when this is all over, which Killian looks saddened by. Once again, he isn’t asked to leave when Emma and Henry join David and Snow, and he watches onwards at the family reunion with a small smile, which also makes me believe this is foreshadowing for a Captain Swan baby in the future.

Kansas was a great development for Captain Swan. We got proof that Emma does have feelings for Hook, and giving up such a big part of her, her magic, to save him, is one of the most romantic and feel-worthy things I’ve witnessed on the show.

 

6 Unforgettable Romantic Moments on OUAT

Once Upon a Time is a show based on fairytales. It’s only logical that us Oncers have been hit with some intense feels from very romantic moments on the show. From Snowing’s reunion at the end of season 1 to the meadow scene in Camelot with CaptainSwan. It’s not a surprise that while romance is not the sole driving point of the show, it sure is a big part of it. Every fairytale deserves a breathtaking romance, and that is exactly what Once Upon a Time gives fans. I shall try my very hardest to not go all CaptainSwan, but I’m sorry, that’s incredibly difficult for me. Here’s my favorite romantic moments:

When Snow and Charming were reunited after the evil curse is broken in season 1: We all know that this will forever be the most sincere moment in the show. Snow and Charming were separated for 28 years. They had no idea they were even married. In Storybrooke, it was just David and Mary Margaret. David was married to that chick Katherine. Mary Margaret longed for David, but he wasn’t hers to have. Then Emma lifted the curse and Snowing was reunited. It was so heartfelt and beautiful because they had been separated for such a long time. And not only that, they were reunited with their daughter whom they never met. (I searched so hard for a gif but couldn’t find one!)

When Hook revealed he sold the Jolly Roger for Emma: You know this episode, it’s what the fandom calls the CaptainSwan movie. In this scene, we learn that the Jolly Roger is no longer in Hook’s possession. The moment Emma asks where it is, the fandoms’ hearts just drop. Hook sold his boat for Emma. In our world, that may seem like a weird gesture of love, but in Storybrooke, Hook selling his boat was super powerful. It was the only thing he had that he really cared for, but his affection for Emma was stronger.

When Robin sacrificed himself for Regina: OutlawQueen never had it easy. With his wife coming back, it was bit of a dilemma for those two. But I loved their dynamics and how cute their relationship was. I remember Sean saying that he enjoyed the quiet parts of their relationship because it wasn’t easy. Despite all that, they made it work. For me, even though this scene was heartbreaking, it was a true testament of love. Robin died for Regina. He didn’t even think about the consequences, he just acted. That is so powerful.

When Hook told Emma she was his happy ending: Shoutout to my mutual on Twitter for reminding me of this scene. How could I have forgotten though? Those power words of Hook saying: “don’t you know, Emma? It’s you,” when Emma questioned what his happy ending was. He was so sure in that moment that he would lose his happy ending forever because he was once a villain. Turns out Hook redeemed himself and was no longer considered a villain. That scene was beautiful and heartbreaking and gave me all the feels.

When Hook helped distract Emma from the darkness and promised her happiness: Ah, season 5A. Hook never left Emma’s side when she was the Dark One. He didn’t turn in fear, he wanted nothing more than to help her. He ensured her that when they got back home, he would try everything to get his Swan back. He promised her a future. Then he gave her his brother’s ring. This was such a true testament of his love considering Killian’s brother meant the world to him. But so does Emma. While in Camelot, Killian made sure to take Emma’s mind off the darkness. The meadow of flowers kiss was so beautiful. Killian made her forgot, maybe only for a moment, but you do anything for the person you love. They’re just so perfect!

When Emma told Hook she loved him at the end of the season 5 finale: I know that they’ve said these three small words already, but this meant so much. Emma’s walls are completely down thanks to Killian. She was never able to confess her love unless they were running from curses or on the brink of death. This ‘I love you’ was completely normal. For a moment, it was blissful. Killian brings her happiness and hope. She knows that more than ever now. It was cute how she went about it. She was so nonchalant, but so confident about it. The fandom may have been disappointed it wasn’t an engagement or proposal to move in together (I was too), but it was so much more. Emma’s walls have been destroyed in a great way. Can you even handle the cuteness (hotness) of these two?

So which romantic scenes really stick out in your mind? One I didn’t list?

 

‘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!

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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!

Are You Watching ‘Once Upon a Time”? You Should!

It’s really hard when you want to talk about Once Upon a Time with people, but nobody seems to watch it. And you can’t very well just start talking about it because they start giving you these dirty looks. Or comments like: “Wait…you think Captain Hook is hot?”,”Belle and Rumple….? Um.”, or Peter Pan is evil?”. All very reasonable reactions and questions, but they would understand if they actually watched the show. So here’s the top 5 reasons for why you should be watching Once if you’re not already:

Strong, independent women: One of my favorite aspects of this show is the female empowerment. Actually, I just wrote an essay and did a presentation on Emma Swan. The women on this show are strong and are not overpowered by their male counterparts. Snow White? Yeah she saved Charming’s butt from being attacked by trolls. Emma Swan? Oh, she just saved Hook’s life on more than one occasion and dug herself out of the darkness. Regina? Only the sassiest, most independent woman ever. Not only do they kick some booty, but they are completely their own entities. They don’t whimper in fear and let the men save them. As Emma Swan says “the only one who saves me is me”. So, yeah this show is pretty progressive.

 

Magic, Disney, oh my!: Do I even have to explain this? Who doesn’t love Disney? Or magic for that matter? Most of the viewers of Once grew up on Disney movies. Except instead of the balls and puffy dresses, our princesses and princes as we once knew them have ventured into a dark place. Yes, meet fairytales gone dark. And you may be scratching you head and wondering why you’d want to see a dark version of a Disney movie. You have every right to be concerned, but I once thought the same thing. Now here I am, addicted. Not only do we get to see a butt kicking Snow White, but we see Captain Hook as a hot hero and Peter Pan as a villain. Trust me, it is something you definitely want to see!

Hope: This show is all about hope. Just when you think everything that could have gone wrong does, the creators make sure the viewers still have hope. Not going to lie, sometimes I think they’re just yanking our chains. Nonetheless, every character seeps with hope. We had hope when Emma and Henry lost their memories. We had hope when Emma turned dark. We had hope when Hook died. (Still pending, but he’ll be back I am sure). Because there has been so much misery regarding the next few episodes, I think it’s good to remind people that there’s always some kind of hope.

Redemption is always possible: You would think that someone as evil as the Evil Queen or the Wicked Witch or Captain Hook would never get a redemption arc. But guess what? They do! Personally, I love the evil characters on this show. Their back stories are wonderful and they really prove themselves. Even when they’re evil, you can’t help but feel bad for them. However, they get their happy endings too. At least for now. Honestly, I loved Regina when she was evil. I love Zalena even though she’s insane. Hook, well I like him good, but he was super hot evil.

OTPs and shipping: From Snowing to CaptainSwan to OutlawQueen to Rumbelle. There are so many amazing couplings on this show it’s hard to choose a favorite. Personally for me I adore CaptainSwan. Each couple has their own dilemmas, their own romance, and their own uniqueness. Just when you think you have them figured out, well you don’t. What I love is that everyone is given a chance at love. Hook didn’t think he deserved Emma’s love, but she ventured to Hell to make sure he understood he did. Regina thought nobody would ever love her until Robin came along. Rumple…well he never thought Belle would see the man behind the beast. My favorite part of this show is the true love. It works and there’s always hope.

 

And bonus! The hot guys: Honestly, look at them. No explanation really needed here.

 

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).

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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.