Once Upon a Time Review: Controlling the Wolf

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"Child of the Moon" conjured up another fiendishly good hour of Once Upon a Time, as the full moon came out and Red's wolfie ways showed their claws. Let's discuss, shall we?

Wolf Free No More It's been 28 years since Ruby's had to deal with a full moon curse and just when she needs it most, her red cloak disappears. Well, that's a problem.

But before the full moon comes into play, she gets asked out by Billy, aka Gus Gus from Cinderella. How cute is that? Unfortunately, a mouse is barely an appetizer for a wolf and even though Ruby turned down his date, I knew there was trouble ahead.

As Meghan Ory said when we chatted last week, does Ruby trust herself to love again? Or, more importantly, "does she trust herself not to eat somebody again?"  Yikes!

Ruby and Snow Scene

Meanwhile, in Storybrooke past Red found her supposedly deceased mommy and I didn't trust her from moment one. Anita took her wolf side a little too seriously when she decided eating Snow was the only way to avenge Quinn's death. In the end, I didn't shed any tears watching Anita's funeral instead.

It was great to see what binds Snow and Red together. Snow was the only person who accepted Red exactly as she was. Now in present day Storybrooke it looked as though David was doing the same. Ruby was right. This is her family now.

Daddy issues King George was just as much of a royal bastard in Storybrooke as he was in the fairy tale world. It didn't surprise me that he set up Ruby, but chopping poor Billy into pieces with an ax to make it look like a wolf attack was pretty extreme. It seemed as though Storybrooke could use a good CSI department that could tell the difference.

When the mob showed up to take down Ruby I had to laugh that one of them actually had a pitchfork. I know it's the tradition, but it seemed so comical. Of course Granny brought her cross bow. King George best watch out. You don't mess with Granny, who not only knows how to throw down in a fight but has quite the sense of humor too, as came out in her exchange with Belle in this Once Upon a Time quote

Belle: You have wolf hearing too?
Granny: It's not all it's cracked up to be, especially when you run a hotel. | permalink

One of my favorite scenes was Regina taking Henry to see Rumple. He really seems to have a soft spot for the boy, which makes me wonder if Henry should be calling Rumple grandpa. I'm dying to find out if Neal is really Rumplestiltskin's son.

As many expected after last week, Aurora and Henry were seeing one another in those dreams but now that Henry has the power to control them, anything is possible.

The quest for fairy dust didn't end as we'd hoped, but with Emma and Snow working on the other end to get back and Henry now in the position to communicate with Aurora, this story is far from over.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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first episode of the season i didnt like. there were little cool tidbits (snow looking for a cabin in the woods for her and red, hinting at the fairy tale rose red and snow white; the history of red explored; the red room explained;) but overall kind of boring and the actress who plays red was overacting too much in parts. she is best when she is subtle but when she has to be scared, she plays it too wide eyed and the raising of the voice isnt needed to show concern or fear. hopefully she will get better. i couldnt help but think she would make a great wonder woman with a little more training under her belt. two weeks to wait to see cora return and just how henry is going to use his new "gift" to save snow and emma. that looks like a very good episode. i wonder if we will get flash backs of aurora or mulan's story in that episode?


great episode! i know it would never happen but does anyone see the chemistry with charming and red?


oops... (continued) ...they always find more stories that dont't contradict what we've seen earlier an can get us to where we are now. It was good that tonight didn't feel like a filler, even though it was all about Red, we also got to see the storyline advance. Like the reviewer said, we got the answer about Henry and Aurora and got a follow-up on the relationship with King George and David. Too bad the hat was destroyed, I felt really sad that the moment they find fairy dust it's all for nothing. At least we got Emma and Snow working on a portal out there in FTL. And with the help of Gold Henry and Aurora are gonna become useful to the storyline.


Great episode as always. I love how they make everything tied together and it all makes sense. These guys are real masters of storytelling, they always find more stories that don't contradict what we've seen earlier and ca


Great episode. Ruby`s story really made me feel for her. Poor girl had to kill her own mother. I love the friendship between ruby and snow. It's great to see they have each other through everything. I wonder if this is supposed to be like red Rose and snow? Great season so far.

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