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Once Upon a Time Review: Fairy Consequences

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Magic comes with consequences, especially if you don't read the fine print. "The Price of Gold" drove home the saying that no good deal goes unpunished, not in Storybrooke anyway.

What was up with Rumpelstiltskin and his penchant for babies? The guy's creepy enough; now add that particular fetish into the mix and it borders on macabre. The skin, the eyes, the unwashed hair? Who wouldn't cross the street if they saw this guy coming, but I suppose desperation makes people do stupid things. Cinderella was clearly desperate, especially after he killed her fairy godmother. Not that was just unfair.

Rumplestiltskin Photo

So was Mr. Gold some sort of strange underground baby broker? He somehow procured Henry for Regina. What was his plan for Ashley's child?

Ashley/Cinderella wasn't the brightest girl, but at least she was spunky. With the help of Ruby (and can those shorts get any tighter? Oh, nevermind.) she decided to try and outrun Mr. Gold. But, as Henry pointed out, no one leaves Storybrooke without dire consequences.

I kept comparing Cinderella's prince to Prince Charming and it made the new prince hard to like. He seemed okay in the fairy tale world but in Storybrooke he was just some kid who let his father push him around. I know the magic was meant to be the cause, but viewing the prince as a deadbeat dad made it difficult to feel for him no matter what the circumstances.

We really didn't get to see much of Regina in this episode, although I enjoyed what little we did witness. Who else could tell you to enjoy your cocoa and make it sound menacing? It was nice of her to tell Henry exactly how long he had to run around town before she got back from her little rendezvous. Also, Henry losing his shoe on the staircase was a really nice touch.

I couldn't say that Regina's affair with the Sheriff was a surprise. I've suspected it since the first episode. It always seemed like he was around a little too much for it to be strictly professional. But this didn't appear to be a love affair... so was it just sex or does Regina hold something over him? And what will Regina's reaction be when she finds out her boy toy just hired her arch enemy? Yeah, that could get messy.

In the end, I was surprised that Emma fell into Mr. Gold's clutches so easily. Then again, she doesn't believe in the curse or Storybrooke's alternate fairy tale universe so there's no reason for her to think that owing this man a favor could have unforeseen consequences.

I wish there had been fine print like there was for Cinderella. Emma would have been smart enough to read it.

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Ella/ashley and Thomas were never meant to be strong characters. Chances are we won't see them ahain, whereas we will see snow white and James in just about revert episode

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I wish that I could like this show more than I do. The placidity and woodenness of all the fairyland characters (with the exception of Regina and Mr. Gold) makes for a very long hour of drama. Their lack of emotion makes it hard for the viewer to care about the storyline. I know that these characters are not happy, but please show us someone who has a little spunk. The "Stepford Wives" feel of this show is getting old.

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Some people believe in parallel universes. Other shows had explored this. Who knows if there is a parallel fairy tale universe? Since this is a tv show, we should just enjoy the creativity and not analyze it to death.

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While watching the episode, my mom figures Mr Gold/Rumpelstiltskin's obsession with making deals to get babies has to do with the fact that the story he is from he doesn't get the miller's daughter's baby in the end. The imp just wants the ending he figured he should have gotten. I love how Rumpelstiltskin always says magic has consequences, which always makes me think that every curse has a counter-curse.

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Maybe the fact that Henry doesn't know who Mr. Gold really is will be key in Emma getting out of her deal with him. Remember in the stories the Miller's Daughter gets out of her deal by finding out his name; and Rumplestitlkin himself has mentioned the power of names... Okay, so Cinderella/Ashley wasn't as smart, strong, or savvy as the other female characters have been, but she was a desperate teenager in both worlds and desperate teenagers do dumb things without thinking through the consequences sometimes. Both versions of her toughened up and wised up in the end.

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Okay, what's the significance to the fact that Emma and Henry are the only ones who can leave town? Yes Cinderella and Prince Thomas aren't as interesting as Snow and Charming but let's face it Snow White's story has always been more exciting than Cinderella's from the get go. Rumpelstiltskin's back story should be pretty good - at least I hope it is. I was wondering if Ashley's baby was supposed to go to Gepetto and his wife?Not a big surprise that Regina is carrying on with the Sheriff - which does seem to confirm he's the Huntsman. Also I agree with Syk that Regina told Graham to hire Emma. I read that they've hired an actress to play Belle from Beauty and the Beast in a future episode. I assume they will also be bringing in a Sleeping Beauty story sometime in the future and SB has always been one of my favorite stories. I see they're keeping a more Disney-esque style to the fairytale world, and not too dark, except for Rumpelstiltskin. In some of the earliest tellings of SB she is actually raped while in her sleep/coma and gives birth while still in a coma. Don't see them showing that version in this show. Lots of possibilities with this show and so far it's been pretty good

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Okay, what's the significance to the fact that Emma and Henry are the only ones who can leave town? Yes Cinderella and Prince Thomas aren't as interesting as Snow and Charming but let's face it Snow White's story has always been more exciting than Cinderella's from the get go. Rumpelstiltskin's back story should be pretty good - at least I hope it is. I was wondering if Ashley's baby was supposed to go to Gepetto and his wife?Not a big surprise that Regina is carrying on with the Sheriff - which does seem to confirm he's the Huntsman. Also I agree with Syk that Regina told Graham to hire Emma. I read that they've hired an actress to play Belle from Beauty and the Beast in a future episode. I assume they will also be bringing in a Sleeping Beauty story sometime in the future and SB has always been one of my favorite stories. I see they're keeping a more Disney-esque style to the fairytale world, and not too dark, except for Rumpelstiltskin. In some of the earliest tellings of SB she is actually raped while in her sleep/coma and gives birth while still in a coma. Don't see them showing that version in this show. Lots of possibilities with this show and so far it's been pretty good

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I thought the episode was alright. Intrigued by the sheriff/Regina/Emma deal... Wow...up until this episode I was applauding this show for having such strong female characters. I guess they can't always be so. Cinderella was just so silly. How do you sign a contract with someone who just murdered your fairy godmother in front of your eyes?! I'm also curious as to how Henry hasn't realized Mr. Gold is Rumpelstiltskin, when he's got almost everyone else in the town nailed and was able to find Emma. Even if he was having trouble before, surely the parallel of this episode, even him making a deal for a later-promised favour, should have clued him in.

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this is one of those shows where strangers randomly open up about their deepest secrets because someone politely asks, 'are you ok?' how very organic and realistic.
man cinderella is REALLY dumb; how stupid do you have to be to sign a contract you haven't read after the person in question blew up a fairy godmother?
does anyone else think that the lives in the modern world don't seem particuarly worse than the fairy-tale one?

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Regina/Evil Queen had to have someone in her new world so it makes sense that the Sheriff is her booty call cuz in the enchanted forrest he betrayed her so this would be his punishment... And he is easy on the eyes so she wouldn't mind. I think that she could have told the sheriff to hire Emma. Better to have her new enemy closer to her than wandering and doing things she doesn't want her to do.