Once Upon a Time Review: A Wish Gone Horribly Wrong

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If Once Upon a Time taught us anything with "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," it was to be careful what you wish for because even your heart's desire could end in a twisted and treacherous fate.

Dangerous Desires. I was disappointed that we saw so little of David and Mary Margaret. That kiss from last week must have went well because this week they were holding secret trysts with wine and more smooching. They're having so much fun that neither one of them wanted to talk about the consequences of their actions. 

David still has a wife, after all. As much as I want these two together, no good will come of this. Especially since Regina's on to them.

A Perilous Wish. So King Leopold gave the genie his freedom only to have him turn around and kill him. I must admit, I wasn't a huge fan of King Leopold. Sure, he adored Snow and her mother but when he proclaimed his undying devotion for his first wife in front of his current spouse, that was somewhere between thoughtless and cruel. Then he read the Queen's diary and locked her away. 

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Perhaps Snow's mother was the good one because her father was fatally flawed.

The Queen looked so hurt and innocent one moment and then so evil the next, almost like two completely different people. Kudos to Lana Parrilla for making that transition appear so natural. 

The genie was so infatuated and desperate for love he never had a chance. Of course, that didn't absolve him from committing murder. The Queen manipulated him but he's the one who did the deed. It was almost hard to feel sorry for him when he was banished to live all eternity in a mirror.

Treacherous Allies. I knew Sidney's evidence against Regina seemed too easy. Poor Emma was just so eager to take down the mayor, especially after she took Henry away, that she was more than willing to buy in. 

Now Emma thinks she has an ally when she's actually colluding with the enemy. Or is she? Could Sidney be playing both sides? Either way, I don't think anyone can trust him.

The Missing Book. I loved how Henry was smart enough to be suspicious of the mysterious writer when he asked too many questions and was quick enough to turn the tables on him. Once Henry asked a few questions of his own, writer man was on his way.

So... is that Henry's copy of the book or do you think the writer has a copy of his own? Does Emma really trust Sidney and will David leave his wife or is Mary Margaret destined to be nothing more than a mistress in Storybrooke? With two weeks until the next new episode, there's plenty of time to ponder the latest twists in Once Upon a Time.


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I cant believe sidney was really working for regina.
And it was cool to see how the 'background' story on how a man was put in the magic mirror


The Storybrooke story is being told linearly, the Fairy Tale stories are not. At what point in the story did the King bring the Genie to his castle? Can someone with such compassion for a stranger really be so cold to his own wife due only to the shadow of the love for his first wife? What secret had Snow revealed and when? Was any of the Queen's behavior from the time of the Genie's arrival sincere or was it all an act for him? The Queen was on lock-down for infidelity (at least in her heart) and a male stranger was allowed access but her own father was not? How much of what Genie saw was true and how much was her manipulation? I'm eager to see how that plays out.


Back to Storybrooke: even if I accept that somehow Emma did a 180 (about playing fair) AND that Sidney was able to get over on her I can not understand why she gave up so easily at the town hall meeting (and was suddenly so, well, frankly, stupid). As Mayor shouldn't Regina avoid even the appearance of impropriety? However pleasant a surprise, if such a thing IS in the town budget it must still go through channels. Hidden from the townsfolk until a big reveal for them, perhaps, but from EVERYONE, with no indication in official documents? IF the purchase of the land was always intended as a gift for the town why was it -- IS it -- in Regina's name? I can suspend a great deal more disbelief for the Fairy Tale world, as we should; the contrast between the two worlds is at the heart of this series. Whatever the writers establish in these worlds and of these characters they must remain true to them. Where was Emma this week?


You are a moron,go back to trolling.
The bar question is valid. How many diners are full service bars where you live? I am posing questions about storybrooke's normalcy compared to the outside world and how it functions alongside it. I've never heard of a town with that many people and businesses being completely off the grid. All their stuff has to come from somewhere, so obviously someone gets in or out. Who reads their gas meters? Electric meters? Don't get me wrong I love this show, but like I stated they are portraying storybrooke as if it's off the grid and no one knows of its existence but I don't see how that can be. @suzy,
I am just interested in the fact they can't leave. Do they know they can't go anywhere? On a daily basis I leave my town at least 2 times, it's just interesting to me they don't leave and no one thinks that's weird.


Spookypaws comments are a clear indicator of what is wrong with America and the world in general. Still astonished by that wonderful closing sentence...just had to have the word, "Bar" in it. Lol. We are all doomed if Spooky can have kids and multiply:(


@Spookypaws: The residents do what everyone else does - buy online! They can't leave but plenty of people pass through (or deliver). Visitors don't tend to stay though.


I love how layers upon layers of story are revealed from different points of view. This week it was clearly Sidney/Genie's POV. But, did anyone else notice how the queen's wardrobe changed from that first meeting in the garden? She starts off wearing almost white, to pale blue at Snow's birthday party, to black when she starts the plan to kill the husband. Something obviously happened during that time to cause her to turn to the dark side, and I'm looking forward to seeing what other stuff goes on at that castle! BTW, love how the castle's design is mirrored in Storybrooke's new playground!


One thing I think Sidney is supposed to be doing is finding out more about Henry's dad, particularly his name so that Regina can find him and bring him to Storybrooke. Emma had told her that Henry's dad didn't even know that she had a baby. But in True North she told Henry a big lie about his dad being dead. So Henry undoubtedly told Archie all about his "hero dad" in one of his sessions. Archie may have stood up to Regina about how he was going to treat Henry, but that doesn't mean she still can't find out what they talk about. Regina has a place to start looking - Tallahassee (she wondered why Emma spent 2 years there in the Price of Gold and that's the likely place where Emma met Henry's dad), but she does need a name.


If the residents of Storybrooke can't ever leave, where do they get their clothes? Where does Regina get her lipstick? Where do they get their food? I realize there are probably small shops there, but where does the stuff in the shops come from? Are there delivery drivers coming to Storybrooke every week? Where does the liquor in Ruby's diner come from? Why isn't there a REAL bar in Storybrooke, why are they always drinking at the diner?

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