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Once Upon a Time Review: The Fruits of Sacrifice

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"An Apple Red as Blood" showed us that Regina's hold on her curse was just as tenuous as the survival of her precious apple tree and the stress was getting to her.

That was quite a dream. The eeriest part was Henry standing there holding a hangman's noose. What a sign of things to come.

Evil Offering

Was the curse really weakening? Well, the apples on her tree were definitely rotting where they grew. I could only imagine that wasn't a very good sign for the evil queen.

But according to Regina and Mr. Gold, Emma's very existence keeps the curse alive. If Emma dies, so does the curse - but Emma's also the only person who can break it. Now there's a conundrum.

Mr. Gold seemed to think that the end was near and said he was planning a trip. Where would the master of the deal go once the curse he helped create is no more? I don't have a clue.

Emma was reeling and she didn't even believe in curses. After talks with Mary Margaret and Archie, she's begun to realize that she needed to put Henry first but figuring out what that meant wasn't easy.

And poor Henry. August was certainly putting a lot of pressure on the kid. As the man continued to turn back into wood, he told Henry he was done trying to convince Emma. So he quit and left it up to an 11-year old. That was lame. After spending most of last week's episode learning about August's plight, this episode was only reminding me why I was never a big fan of the Pinocchio story.

I didn't expect to see the Mad Hatter again and was surprised that Regina brought him to her chamber of hearts... and who knows what else. Apparently the only magic in Storybrooke was what Regina brought with her from the fairy tale world and there wasn't much left. So, in true Regina fashion she used the last of it to wreck more havoc. Unfortunately it came back to haunt her.

As soon as Emma took that pastry I knew that somehow it would end up in Henry's mouth. With no one else willing to play the hero, Henry took the role on himself to save Emma. I bet Regina never saw that coming.

In the fairy tale world, Snow used and army of dwarves and fairies to try and free Charming. Those fairies were fierce. Who would have guessed fairy dust packed such a punch?

Unfortunately Snow was a step behind the evil queen, who grabbed Charming for herself. I liked that in this story she didn't trick Snow into eating the poisonous apple, she simply threatened her one true love. That was enough for Snow to make the sacrifice.

Will Henry survive? How far will Regina and Emma go to save him or take one another down? Is the end of the curse in sight and do you want it to be? With the Once Upon Time season finale on its way, hold onto your hats for the next Once Upon a Time.


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but I don't think that Emma will be any closer to believing in the curse.
she already does. she just does not want to accept it to herself, hence denial. because accepting it would be to accept responsibility, something emma has always been running from. So i think its pretty much given that she will believe next episode. I would not be surprised on if she already does now after henry fell.


did Storybrooke just appear on the map 28 years ago? Does it have interaction with the outside world (goods like food and clothing must come from somewhere, right?)?
for all intents, it does not exist in the world. I doubt that anyone could even LOCATE it, just like with Lost's Island. food and clothing is there through magic of the curse. Do the people in Storybrooke know how long they've been there ( they know their ages, birth dates)...
was already explained in first episodes that they do not. till emma visited them they have not even been aging and have been pretty much in a loop of everydays. Once clock started to move, everyone started to age.


Does anyone question just WHY Regina wanted Henry? I don't think it was her yearning to be a mother.
Actually thats pretty much it. She wanted an emotional bond, someone to love and someone who would love her back.


One thing that is annoying me is that there is no magic in our world but August has to maintain the requirements of deal to keep him human, the magic deal, or he MAGICALLY turns back to wood. It's basically saying that magic is wearing off but there IS not magic. Huh? Let's equate magic with electricity. Imagine that there's no electricity in the world, except for what is in batteries. Regina brought some batteries with her. August is running on batteries, but they will run out. Emma is someone who is about to rediscover and invent electricity itself in the world :)


One more thing that drives me nuts and needs explaining to me...sooo, did Storybrooke just appear on the map 28 years ago? Does it have interaction with the outside world (goods like food and clothing must come from somewhere, right?)? Do the people in Storybrooke know how long they've been there ( they know their ages, birth dates)...I mean, if they live in "reality" and understand "reality", then shouldn't it concern them that they don't seem to age. Or are they in some sort of fog? Not concerned with all those things? I know I think too deeply into this stuff but these are the kinds of things that drive me nuts on TV shows...


In reading comments, it has occurred to me:
Does anyone question just WHY Regina wanted Henry? I don't think it was her yearning to be a mother. Obviously, Rumple must have know he was Emma's son when he got Henry for Regina, but I'm sure Regina didn't. But why did she want him in the first place? She always has an agenda... I also like the idea that some of the commentors had that Bae will come back to Storybrooke and not be so nice after how he was abandoned by his father.


Just thinking out possible alternatives for the finale re: Snow and Charming, David and MM that would fit all the hints, and here's one slightly out there theory. What if they get separated? One in Storybrooke, the other in FTL? Then next season would be the story of trying to reunite them along with breaking the curse...


Emma is NOT going to die. I think Emma, Regina, Rumple, Henry, Snow, and Charming are pretty much safe on this series as they are basically central characters of the story. Maybe David will slip back into a coma in Storybrooke or something, but I doubt he will die either...


@BooRadley...maybe some magic will find it's way into Storybrooke from FTL?


@Sioned, I actually agree with that. It would make sense that Bae is Henry's would be an interesting addition to the story line for sure!