Once Upon a Time Review: Losing Faith

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Once Upon a Time took us on another wild ride in the "Heart of Darkness," as some characters found their faith and others were set adrift.

I loved the episode straight from the very first scene where Charming and Red were searching for Snow and were chased by the King's men. Red told him to go after Snow and she'd handle the group hunting them... but Charming needed to get a head start.

Angry and Charming

I wonder if he had any idea what she had planned when she looked up at the moon and took off her cloak. Red wasn't kidding around when she said she'd take care of them. Do you think there was anything left when she was done?

As we finally saw Snow, it was clear that Rumplestiltskin made a heck of a potion. The once sweet Snow White was almost psychotic as she tried to smash the bluebird flying around the house. Then she called Jiminy "the dirty cricket." He's lucky he got out alive.

The snarling Snow White even managed to tick off Happy and the dwarves' intervention didn't go well. Then she went from trying to kill the vermin in the cottage to taking out the Evil Queen. So, who was the evil one now?

There's a theme here that evil isn't born, it's made, but we still haven't found out what turned the Queen evil. Even though Snow tried to murder her it's not as though she knew about it, so I'm still wondering why she hates her with such passion.

Back in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret was arrested for Kathryn's murder. All the evidence pointed to her but the clincher for David was when Archie put him under hypnosis.

Somehow he saw memories from his fairy tale self and completely misinterpreted Snow threatening the Queen for Mary Margaret threatening Kathryn. Does everyone in Storybrooke need to hit Archie's couch to get a clue on their pasts?

I loved it when Mary Margaret pointed out that no matter how much evidence they piled against him, she still believed David - but now that the tables were turned, he'd lost faith in her. Ouch! That's got to hurt.

The longer the story goes on, the less I like David. Where Mary Margaret has retained most of her strength from Snow White, David appears to have become the opposite of Charming. He continually seems cowardly and disloyal. I know it's the curse but it's very disheartening.

Thankfully, Emma still believed in her mom... umm... make that Mary Margaret. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to get her to stick around. But who planted that key and where will Mary Margaret go since the curse won't allow her to leave Storybrooke?

August and Henry were a cute pair as they discussed the book. August said he was in town to convince people to believe, specifically Emma. It still begged the question: who is this guy and what's his agenda?

In the fairy tale world, Charming referred to Rumplestiltskin as the most powerful man in the world. Wow! What does that make Mr. Gold?

My romantic heart loved when Snow told Charming she would always find him as they were dragging him away but how many times will this couple be torn apart to have to find one another?

And did Rumple really bottle true love? He said if you can bottle true love, you can do anything? What's his plan and has it carried over to Storybrooke? Will it involve Belle or am I just a hopeless romantic?

Do you still have faith in the power of love on Once Upon a Time?


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So, if bottled true love can do anything, maybe Rumplestiltskin plan is to become human again? To give up The Dark One without having to die? And maybe true love was also used to create the curse. Rumple needs Snow and Charming to be together again. Since he's the one that gave the Queen the curse my belief is that he put a hidden clause there somewhere that states that once that specific curse is broken, all other curses, including TDO curse will be broken as well.

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Also, to answer the question "what turned the Queen evil?" Revenge that her husband adored his first wife and their beautiful daughter and she was an afterthought....and the power she felt when she killed him and those that followed!
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There have been clear indications that Queen lost someone, her true love, who died thanks to something Snow White did, which in a sense puts her into same position as Snow White. Just She no longer had her "charming" to turn her away from the road of revenge.


The queen hates snow cause her father, the queens husband, loved snow and her dead mother more than he loved her..... And he started it once inthe episode with the genie (btw I was amazed to find out they made king mitas (sp?) snows father) about how much he loved his daughter ands how his heart would always belong to her mother, our something like that.


Rumple/Gold is my fave. so sad when Red ate Peter. Like many, don't like David but like Charming. Don't want to believe Katherine's dead. She deserves to be with her love, which is the soccer coach she bumped into when confronting MM, her knight in shining armor in FTL. There's no way August is Henry all grown; lol that some people thought so. Agree with many that August is probably Rumple's son. Think Henry is actually Regina's father (she killed him for his heart) reincarnated trying to stop her from doing more evil.


I love Rumplestiltskin more and more every time I see him.And Red being the wolf is cool too. I wonder where Mary Margaret went off to.


When I ran out of room, forgot to include in my second comment my theory of Kathryn's disappearance and NOT death (but strickly speculation...) Remember Regina's underground wall of storage boxes? What if she, as the Queen, collected all the hearts of the storybook characters, since she had this thing for hearts and what could be accomplished with using them. She killed the sheriff by SQUEEZING his, but she could have used Kathryn's as a means to set up MM, and human 2012 Kathryn is still alive and with her new friend, but really Frederick?
Also, August was not in the picture in storybook land when Rumple turned evil, so may have an outsider's view of Storybrook today.


.....cross out of Storybrook.
Also, to answer the question "what turned the Queen evil?" Revenge that her husband adored his first wife and their beautiful daughter and she was an afterthought....and the power she felt when she killed him and those that followed!


I find that David is a much more interesting character as Charming. Charming is just the goodie goodie hero who swashbuckles his way to a 'happy ending'. David struggles to find his way through the world, but sadly can't find the balance. Charming is just flat in spite of his FTL background.


OK...to rehash some of the fairytails that people a mixed up on....David and James were twins born to a poor shephard family...the king of that land needed an heir, so he paid her for James....James died in a duel, so he paid her again and took adult David so he could marry Midas' daughter (Katheryn) and save his kingdom with the dowry. She was suppose to marry Frederick, a knight, before he was turned to gold. No fiance, so unhappily she agreed to marry James. Meantime, David rebels. runs away, meeting amazon, wanted, Snow and falls in love. Fake dad, the king, captures him but David and Princess (Katherine) realize the marriage wouldn't work and he learns of her lost love and figures a way to turn the knight human again (remember the mermaid). David does, princess and knight are happy, so David now hunts again for Snow....up-to-date.....In Storybrooke, the knight is the garage guy who earlier runs into Katheryn, and is the one who discovers her abandoned car just as she would cross out of Storybrook.....this is why I don't believe the heart is Kathryns....remember the many underground lockboxes Regina has and went to for the Sheriff's heart? Here's my theory...the queen had this thing for hearts to get her way...did she take the hearts of all the storybook characters and is keeping them to eliminate (by squeezing them) once they are no longer useful, like she did the sheriff? Is the heart of Kathryn being used to frame MM, but human 2012 Kathryn is still alive and with her rescurer?
Also, to answer "what turned the queen evil?" Revenge that her husband adored his beautiful daughter and she was an afterthought....and the power that came from killing him!!


@jan re "Wasn't James a twin who lived on the farm and was brought to the castle when his brother was killed" James was the country twin and Snow knows him as James Charming therefore, James, Charming, and David are all the same person. Frederick is a different prince and you saw both princes and princesses in the story of the knight of gold. I love the show but it would be really great if they did a not disney story (gasp, stricken down by the powers that be at ABC/Disney) ;)

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