Once Upon a Time Review: Dare To Dream

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If Once Upon a Time has taught us anything, it's that magic comes at a price. Apparently so do dreams, as "Dreamy" gave us the surprising background of dwarfs and the consequences of daring to fantasize.

Grumpy's history was just so sad that it was a little painful to watch his story play out. Knowing that Grumpy had once been the optimistic and smiling Dreamy was heartbreaking. Kudos to the actors and writers for making me feel so much for a character I hardly knew.

The Return of Belle

Despite the supposed inability of dwarfs to love, their beginnings were quite creative. Who would have guessed that they were hatched from eggs? And what a great twist to have their names magically appear on the pick axes.

The one issue I did have was that Dreamy didn't tell Nova what the blue fairy had said. She had the right to know that she could lose her wings if she sailed off him. Nova could have made her own decision given all the facts. Perhaps love would have trumped fairy wings. Alas, we'll never know.

One small complaint about fairies: they really deserve better outfits. I've come to expect a lot from the wardrobe department of this show and the fairy dresses didn't work for me. They looked too much like a bad fitting tutu.

The other thing that bothered me was the much hyped return of Belle. Her role was so small and so brief that I was a little disappointed. I hope we get to see more of her soon.

Apparently Leroy had the same hero complex as his fairy tale alter ego. He certainly didn't have any more luck in the love department. Grumpy didn't seem to be destined for a happy ending in either realm.

Like Mary Margaret, I didn't know what Leroy had planned. When he hit the transformer with the pick axe I actually laughed. Now there's a way to sell candles: make sure everyone's in the dark.

Emma's investigation into Kathryn's disappearance had me shaking my head. Why was she trusting Sidney so much? For a woman who claims she can tell when someone is lying, her radar seemed to be on the fritz when it came to the reporter.

Sidney easily could have had those phone records changed. My only question is this: how soon will Mary Margaret get dragged into this mess?

Will Mary Margaret and David ever find their way back to one another? Will Kathryn be found wandering in the woods? And what the heck did the nuns do to Mr. Gold? Whether you're Dreamy or Grumpy over it, share your thoughts on this week's Once Upon a Time.


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It's not a Disney movie and if they want the serie to have 3 seasons they are going to show us every little detail of every character.thanks


Our local music theatre company recently had a production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID where the jellyfish had costumes very similar to the fairies in this episode. I liked the fairies dragonfly-like wings. But, not the skirts/tutus. As for Grumpy, whoever the actor is, he's PERFECT! In fact, he kind of scares me when he's in mean mode, dwarf or not. But, when he smiles, it's like the sun coming out. I disagree that Grumpy didn't have a happy ending in Storybrooke. His happy ending was a relationship w/Sister Astrid in Storybrooke, and that he was able to save her and her sisters from eviction. (BTW, that is not an appropriate nun's name. Nun's ALWAYS take a saint name and use that after taking their vows. There is no St. Astrid.) Plus, the fact that he's working on his boat indicates that he has hope for something better - which Grumpy did not. Grumpy felt stuck and was filled with regret in Fairyland.


Thank you C. Orlando for picking up on the only inconsistency and niggling fault that this amazing show has! How can Emma be so dumb? His I'm over Regina act is so false! All she needs to do is check David's records against Kathryn's records and she will see the cover up. Regina is one mean byatch and something really needs to happen that shakes her confidence that the curse will make her happy.


Hopefully they work in some of the more imaginative Disney works like The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Aladdin (the genie's appearance was only minor), stories that require more of a stretch than simply a princess (ie: underwater mercreature, magic pixie dust, and flying carpet). I love episodes based on reworkings of these stories because they are good about throwing in little tidbits to catch, like the candle, clock, teapot, and chipped tea cup in the Beauty & the Beast episode (as well as the Mickey Mouse wizard's hat from the Sorceror's Apprentice).


Enjoyed the episode, but it seems like it's getting a little bit repetitive, in that every character's backstory involves love lost (Belle & Rumpelstiltskin, James & Snow White, Grumpy & Nova) that it feels like many of the episodes are the same: two people/beings fall in love, but ultimately something prevents them from achieving that happiness. Love the show, though, so this is just a minor complaint.
The previews made it seem like Katharine's disappearance would be the focal point of the episode, but it really wasn't at all. Katharine has certainly become more sympathetic, especially after the previous episode, so it would seem that a bigger deal should have been made of that.


I guess I'm alone in loving the fairy costume, yes it was different but that's what I expect from this show. Amy Acker is fantastic in everything she does, it was wonderful to see her.
I agree that Emma is now clueless, I wish she would get her act together again because it's very frustrating to watch her mess up and she had such a great 6th sense.
I'm tired of David, that needs to come to some kind of end or he needs to get his charmingness back.
Loved the dwarves! I'd love to see more of them.


Alexa: Henry was there. He got his book back, remember? Emma found it and gave it to him.


Didnt Regina tell rumple that belles father locked her in a convent or something when she returned from being his housekeeper?

Uncle jackass

I suppose Dreamy Vs. Grumpy is the ultimate metaphor for an audience that watches a Disney movie. Half filled or half empty. Optimist vs. Pessimist. You also gotta love Amy Acker, being the most bubbliest person in the world, as a friendly fiery Nova. In regards to what 'the nuns' did to 'Mr.Gold' in another universe, I'm leaning towards Sister Act 4.0 Revenge on Rumpelstiltskin.


Emma seems extremely gullible right now, even though I suppose from her position she couldn't know. She should have noticed the frequent calls between Kat and the queen, though.
And I agree with the fairy costume. The first time I saw it, I was like, really? But give it a few more looks, it grows on you. ;-)

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

Quite a team we'd make. Town harlot, town drunk.


Regina: You don't know what insubordination means do you?
Henry: Shrugs
Regina: It means you're grounded.