Once Upon a Time Review: Who Is the Monster?

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"The Doctor" finally revealed the identity of Dr. Whale. Dr. Frankenstein, I presume, but did that make Daniel Frankenstein's monster? Well, not exactly.

The more I found out about Regina's past, the more sympathy I felt for her. A young, heartbroken Regina was only looking for the power to bring her lost love back to her. An impossible task to be sure, as even Rumplestiltskin said in this Once Upon a Time quote...

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But it's a goal anyone who has loved and lost could understand. Unfortunately it all went horribly wrong.

The bad boys of the Fairy Tale World certainly played a young Regina and crushed whatever hope she once had of reuniting with Daniel. I always knew Rumplestiltskin had an evil streak and I believed Whale did as well, but I suddenly didn't feel nearly as bad for Jefferson as I once had. Apparently he was no innocent victim in this game wits, power and magic, as he played a major role in setting up an innocent Regina. As they say, Karma's a bitch.

Even though she'd lost Daniel and the boys treated her badly, that didn't mean Regina had to turn to the dark side. That was a choice she made. The question now becomes: Can she still choose to turn back?

Enchanted Forest Massacre

In Storybrooke, I took it as a good sign that Regina was asking Archie for help. That's a huge step for her. She obviously cares very deeply for Henry. Will it be enough?

Henry and Charming at the stable were too darn cute. I loved how Henry kept asking the horse if he was ready to ride. Sometimes, in the middle of all of this magic, it's easy to forget that Henry's just a normal kid.

Perhaps Regina's true curse was that she couldn't let go. If she had mourned Daniel from the beginning, she wouldn't have had to lose him again and again. Will she be able to take Daniel's advice to love again now that she knows that he's really gone?

Finally, we get to the Fairy Tale World of the present as Emma, Snow, Mulan and Aurora wandered back to the compound only to find everyone dead. Okay, not quite everyone.

Thank goodness we've got our cynical, suspicious, kick-ass Emma back. It felt like we'd lost her for a few episodes but she's obviously found her footing in this new world. It was good to see she wasn't buying Hook's poor innocent act at all. 

A couple of side notes:

  • Charming punching Whale for sleeping with Mary Margaret/Snow was awesome, mostly because it's something David never would have done.
  • Aurora's whining has become really annoying but I suppose someone has to do it.
  • So, the vault of hearts was Cora's, not Regina's. Of course that didn't stop Regina from using them.
  • Hook and Emma had definite chemistry but I don't know that I want to see her hook up with the bad boy of the high seas.

So who was the real monster? The evil, or the ones who created it?

Get ready for next week. That beanstalk looks like it's going to be one Hell of a climb.


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Yeah Emma had some chemistry with Hook, but I love her most with Jefferson! Jefferson is my favorite character and I hope we get to see more of him. I'm somewhat confused though, was Rumple able to send Whale back to his land after he fixed his arm? Because that was him bringing his brother back and if so does that mean he's gone from Storybrooke now. And another thing. Since Rumple now has all this power why can't he fix Jefferson's hat so they could try to use it and go get Emma and Snow. I mean if he can reattach an arm shouldn't he be able to fix a hat?


Am I the only one noticing the sublities in darming? In s1 david was a pushover. Even as charming he didn't have the arrogace of a prince. Darming has grown. He walks and talks more confidently. I love it. Whoever plays rump deserves some type of award. The differnce between gold and rump are crazy. And that GIGGLE. UGGGGHHHHHHHHH. And Iwill say it again: snow is a BAMF!!!


Thank God they are not all Disney characters. And by the way did Disney invent all fairy tales? I mean seriously.


Agree that Hook and Emma had chemistry. But that actor is so hot, I bet he could have chemistry with pretty much anybody...


@Angie, they are not all Disney stories. They are storybook characters, which means any character of a famous story or fairytale could be in it.


Okay, so is the monster in the lab Frankenstien? Because I thought these were all supposed to be Disney stories, and Frankenstien is not a Disney Story =/


I loved this episode. I knew that when we found out Daniel was brought back to life it wasn't exactly him he was messed up because you can never bring someone back from the dead and them be completely fine. It was nice seeing Henry talk to the horse. In fairy tale world it was great seeing the kick ass Emma again. I loved how she got hook to talk by starting to walk away every time and saying they where going to leave him for the ogres. I agree Emma and hook deffinetely had chemistry. Can't wait till next episode.


I agree that I definitely felt sympathy for Regina. That was good. I am irked that they incorporated Frankenstein into a tv show purportedly about fairy tales. No, Frankenstein is not a fairy tale story, but one of the earliest works of science fiction. I am also annoyed by Aurora and "Sleeping Beauty" was my favourite tale when I was young, so I'm again not happy. *sigh* Did it seem to anyone else that this was just a filler episode?


i loved how the music changed when they went to Frankensteins/whales world. And my friend and I had a long conversation yesterday about how Hook can rock that eyeliner. This show twists the idea of good and evil in an interesting ways.


Damn right Emma and Hook had chemistry !

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

Stopping magic is a lot harder than starting.


Regina: It's just that magic is the way I've always gotten everything.
Archie: It sounds like it's also the way you've lost everything.