Where does one get curses these days? Well, apparently they come with a pretty hefty price tag. The cost? Simple, it's "The Thing You Love the Most."
Once Upon a Time gave us a great second outing here, as we looked back at what it took to make The Evil Queen's curse come to life.
The curse. First off, it looked like curses were bought, sold and traded amongst our fairy tale friends. The Evil Queen paid Maleficent a visit to procure the one she needed.
I'm not sure what was more distracting: Maleficent's hair or the special effects during their fight scene. I could have lived without both and I thought the appearance of Maleficent could have been put to better use. The one high point was when the Queen called Maleficent her only friend. You could hear the loneliness in her voice as she said it. It almost made me feel for her.
Of course, any good will that vulnerable moment provided was quickly dashed when she cut out her father's heart... literally. Power trumped love but did she realize she was naming her adopted son after the parent she murdered? It's still hard to tell how much Regina remembers from her fairy tale days.
Just when i thought Rumpelstiltskin couldn't get any creepier, he did. I'm not sure what made my skin crawl more, his eyes, that skin, or the crazy voice. The entire package screams run while you can.
Emma and the Regina throw down. Back in Storybrooke, the gloves came off and neither woman was backing down. The Mayor continued to set Emma up. She had her flogged in the press, then had her set up for theft and arrested. Finally she tried to make her look bad in Henry's eyes.
But all of that had the opposite effect on Emma. She's not the type to turn tail and run when threatened.
I love these two women. They're both strong and smart. Talk about a well-matched fight between good and evil. Neither one's willing to back down and that's what makes this so much fun.
Who loves Storybrooke? Who are the set designer on this show? I could spend all day deciphering the backgrounds of each scene. Did anyone else notice the forest wallpaper in the Mayor's office? Just watching them sit in the room gave me the disturbing feeling of being lost in the woods. It was subtle but ominous at the same time.
Favorite scene: I couldn't help but cheer when Emma took a chainsaw to the Regina's beloved apple tree, then looked her in the eye and told the Mayor she had no idea what she was capable of. Your move, indeed.
And once again Once Upon a Time left us with plenty of questions. Is Emma still playing along with Henry or is she starting to believe? How did Rumpelstiltskin procure Henry? How much does he recall and how will he factor into the future of the curse? And more importantly, what will The Evil Queen's next move be?
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