Once Upon a Time Review: The Curse of a Coward

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"Skin Deep" dove into the history of one of my favorite Once Upon a Time characters: Rumplestiltskin.

I couldn't say his fairy tale ever interested me, but I'm mesmerized by the man/monster overall. He has repulsed and fascinated me since the beginning, sometimes both in the very same scene.

And in a grand twist this week, Rumple played Beast to Belle's Beauty. Who saw that coming?!?

Emilie de Ravin on Once Upon a Time

It's one of the things I've always loved about Once Upon a Time. It again took the familiar, turned it upside down and made it all the more interesting.

Rumple was the happiest we've ever seen him as he interacted with Belle. Unfortunately, he couldn't trust in her feelings for him and she called him out for it. Rumplestiltskin was a coward before he obtained his evil powers and Belle told him the title still held true as he turned her away. 

I was amazed that I could feel so much for this villain, as his pain was caused by his own weakness. He banished happiness from his home as it begged him to let it in. Sad, foolish and all too human.

If we saw moments of a warm and fuzzy Rumplestiltskin, then back in Storybrooke, we had a particularly surly Mr. Gold. It didn't take long to find out why. That wasn't just anyone's truck he was repossessing. That was Belle's father's and when he robbed Mr Gold's house, things got ugly.

It became obvious that Mr. Gold remembered the man from the fairy tale world. Thankfully, before he could beat him to death, Emma intervened and arrested Mr. Gold. If there was any question about how much Mr. Gold remembered, his conversation with Regina confirmed it.

He knows everything. Will that make him Regina's worst enemy? Or a valuable pawn?

Back in Storybrooke, it was Valentine's Day. Ashley (a.k.a. Cinderella) finally got a proposal from Sean, albeit not the most romantic of one. The guy only had a 20-minute break and all.

But the most disappointing couple of the night was David and Mary Margaret. If you've got to buy two Valentines for two lovers, you're in trouble.

If nothing else, giving the wrong card proved that David's an idiot and Mary Margaret needed to wake up. It's not all that complicated. If David wants to be with Mary Margaret, he needs to leave his wife - and until he does they have no story. Right now David's actions seem almost as cowardly as Rumplestiltskin's.

Side notes:

  • Being a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I loved that florist truck. Very funny.
  • The Evil Queen's outfit with the parasol, and the one she wore at the end with Rumple, were both stunning. Someone in wardrobe deserves an Emmy.
  • Every time they showed the broken tea cup my mind kept naming it Chip and imaging dance numbers involving inanimate objects. The Disney powers run deep.

So... what power will Regina possess now that she's confirmed Mr. Gold's real name and when will she use Belle's existence against him? When he finds out will he walk away, or be the hero? And back in the fairytale world, is Belle truly dead or alive? Talk about turning the story upside down. I can't wait to see what this magical show has planned next.


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Best episode. Love all Rumple/Gold episodes. We need more!


You say thankfully Emma appeared. However if anything the queen said about the father was true, I wish Rumpelstiltskin had got the chance to beat him to death. As for Gaston-poof. I hate the evil queen so much and I was even able to work past the Grahm problem after the risode faded into the distance. How can someone so evil have such an amzingly wicked wardrobe.?


Finally caught up. All I'm saying is....somebody needs to get Robert Carlyle an Emmy. Pronto. Like yesterday.


Loved the episode. I've been really disappointed with the last two. I've especially been disappointed with MM and David. Although a brat in fairy tale land, his wife has been nothing but nice and doesn't deserve to be cheated on. He's obviously sleeping with her, while "true loving it" with his mistress. (Sorry, Snow, but you are that.) Mr. Gold has been the main reason I've stuck with this nonsense, (well, and Regina is awesome) and was richly rewarded. The reason why the kiss between MM/David doesn't break the curse, because it's not up to them to break the curse. It's up to Emma. Besides...this is the granddaddy of all curses, so maybe it's a little more resistant than the usual rule.


Who'd a thought you'd ever see Snow White, Cinderella and The Little Red Riding Hood just hanging out?! "Beauty and the Beast" was my favorite Disney story and I thought OUAT did a fantastic job. However, I must admit I kind of wished there was some of the awesome music from the soundtrack faintly playing in the background at times.


If you look closely as the Queen is telling Rumple about Belle's fate, there is a hat on display to her left which looks strikingly like the Sorcerer's Apprentice hat from Disney's Fantasia...oh you clever set designers. Also if true love's kiss will break any curse, I look forward to the Regina/Emma kiss that breaks the spell ;)


Best Episode Ever!!!
I loved the series' approach to the tale of ''Beauty and the Beast''. I completely fell in love with their story...The one that's going on in the fairytale world and the world of Storybrooke! Cause Mr Gold has not forgotten Belle and he and Chip!!! are gonna fight to free her form this horrid psychiatric wing!
Seriously...Belle and Rumplestilskin...I'm gonna ship them harder than Snow and the Prince (real fail this episode for its central couple)... How is this ship gonna be called? Belstilskin? Maybe...just Belskin...eeeeh... Aaaah! I found it...BOLD (from Belle and Mr Gold)!!!!!!!


I have a question,
If the Evil Queen is suppose to grant any of Rumpel's wishes as long as he says 'please,' why can't he just ask the evil queen for the broken chipped glass when he was in prison instead of making more deals?


I only started watching this show since the one with Hansel and Gretel. I watched the pilot and episode 2 online. I am so confused about Snow White (Mary) and her prince. I thought the prince's name was James. He was hurt badly in fairy tale land and ended up in a coma in Storybrooke. Is David, James? I know Regina planted his "wife" in storybrooke to keep Mary away from him, but wasn't she his betrothed in fairy tale land? HELP! :)


No, Belle is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Rumple, being the beast.

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