Once Upon a Time Round Table: "It's Not Easy Being Green"

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While "It's Not Easy Being Green," it's even harder dealing with someone who is, as all of Storybrooke found out in Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 16.

TV Fanatics Michelle Calbert, Jim Garner, and Robin Harry are joined by Gareth from Once Upon a Fan to decide who has the most magical power, why Zelena needs Regina's heart, and whether Henry needs to know the truth.

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Who do you think holds the most power, Regina, Zelena, or Emma?

Michelle: I have to admit that I keep forgetting that Emma has powers of her own, but when she stood up to Zelena I did have a thought that maybe her powers were indeed greater than both Regina and Zelena. She just may not have tapped into them or learned how to control them yet. 

Jim: I'm hoping Emma turns out to have more power, but I can't imagine her being able to bring it into play without some more practice. 

Robin: I'm thinking Emma might have the most power eventually. Right now though, I think Regina - she's been taught control, and she's has people to fight for. That's the real power.

Gareth: I think Emma might hold the most power. I would love to see Regina help her develop her potential. I definitely think Emma may come to Regina’s rescue. 

Any idea what Zelena's plans are for Regina's heart?

Michelle: Zelena wants to turn back time and rewrite history and though she said she's not performing a curse, it sure sounds like she needs one heck of a spell. She already has David's courage and I'm guessing she needs Regina's heart for the spell as well. It makes me wonder if she's going to go after someone else's brain (or perhaps intelligence), since that would fit in with the Wizard of Oz theme. 

Jim: As Michelle said, this is one heck of a spell. Though given the "heart" and "courage" components, I'm more curious who's brains she is going to go after. 

Robin: I agree with everyone else's theory that it's part of the spell she's casting to go back in time. Though I think she already has a brain - Rumpelstiltskin's. Rumpel can't think or act of his own accord; Zelena controls his power and his every move. He's essentially mindless.

Gareth: Sounds like she is planning to change history and create a world where Regina was never born. That reset would change everything. I guess Emma would have remained in the Enchanted Forest and would never have had Henry with Neal. It would be quite cool to see them do an ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ style story. 

Were you surprised that Regina gave her heart to Robin Hood?

Michelle: The part of me that is shipping those two wasn't surprised at all, but yes, the more logical side of me was a little surprised. Up until that point, she hadn't shown that she trusted him that much. But I think that Robin is starting to win her over, whether she realizes it or not. 

Jim: Not really, because here's the thing. I suspect that Regina can still feel something from her heart when she freely gives it to the man she loves. Giving it to Robin was natural for her, and him accepting it without question was awesome. 

Robin: I was, honestly.  I find the Regina/Robin ship to be moving very quickly, and trusting someone that quickly is a bit out of character for Regina.  But perhaps something happened between them in the lost year, and that connection is still there.

Gareth: I agree with Robin. They do seem to be moving this story arc along quite quickly. Regina doesn’t tend to trust easily but maybe her heart is instinctively telling her that it is the right thing to do. Regina deserves a bit of loving. 

Should Emma tell Henry the truth about Storybrooke and his father?

Michelle: Yes! Absolutely. Will he believe her right away? Probably not. But it will be interesting to see her as the believer trying to convince him this time. Also, she'll have the entire town to back her up, unlike Henry - who only had a book and a stopped clock to try and prove his story. 

Jim: Yes! Like Michelle, I want to see her working to convince him for a while. 

Robin: Absolutely. He knows something's going on, he might as well be in the loop.

Gareth: Yes. Emma needs to make him the believer, just like Henry did with her in season one. I love all the parallels to the first season that they have been throwing in. 

Do you empathize at all with Zelena?

Michelle: Perhaps a little, but she has definitely taken her jealousy well beyond where the situation would merit. Zelena's plans haven't just hurt her sister, but also people who had nothing to do with any of it. I'd say she needs to get over herself, but I think she'll never see that and will have to be defeated in order to make her stop. 

Jim: I did for about 1 minute when her father was all nasty to her. But once the tantrums and jealousy started, I was pretty much done with it. 

Robin: I'm with Jim on this one. Her dad was kind of mean, but holy, is she ever childish. Also, if she says the word "wicked"one more time...

Gareth: Not one bit. I found her quite annoying and childish in that scene with her father. It kind of killed any empathy I had for her. 

What was your favorite scene?

Michelle: Regina giving her heart to Robin Hood. It was unexpected and gave me hope that it was symbolic of her actually starting to fall for him. 

Jim: I'm a Robin/Regina shipper, so I adored there scenes together, both talking about the letter and then later when she gave him her heart. So cute together, makes me totally forget all the horrible things she did..well.. almost forget. 

Robin: Jim already mentioned my favorite (the Robin/Regina letter scene), so my second choice is Hook and Henry. For all his pirate-ness, Hook has a sense of honesty and transparency that I really appreciate, and I liked how easily he bonded with Henry.

Gareth: Definitely the Regina/Robin Hood scene. It was nice to see Regina exposed and vulnerable like that. I love this side of her character. The showdown between Regina/Zelena was also a fantastic cheesy campfest! Loved it. 

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1) I really think Emma should start to study asap!
2) I get that Zelena wants to travel back in time. But why is it exactly Regina's heart she needs?
3) Yes and no - of course it made perfect sense, then again Regina always had trust issues ;)
4) Yes, she should convince him like he once convinced her!
5) Not. At. All. Seriously, she's the most childish villain ever!


I think part of the reason why Regina gave her heart so easily to Robin is because, unlike Emma who is rooted in our world without magic, Regina is a true FTL character. The fact that pixie dust showed her all those years ago that Robin is indeed her soulmate was enough proof for her. She would never doubt it for a second - whether she chooses it is an altogether different matter. She didn't in the past, but instead of repeating the mistakes she made in the past, she showed real growth in trusting Robin. I'm not a huge Outlaw Queen shipper but I really appreciated that. My favorite scenes where the ones between Hook and Henry. It was so visible that Hook genuinely cares - not just about Emma - but about Henry. There was a moment there where we could actually see that flicker of recognition in Hook's eyes when he saw Bae in Henry - Colin O'Donoghue is a truly gifted actor. I'm already such a huge fan of Killian Jones but every episode makes me appreciate his character more.
I also love the fact that we can actually see what Eddy said a while back in an interview, that Hook is Emma's friend. He will tell her what she needs to hear when nobody else does. I love seeing their relationship develop and Hook sticking to honesty and honor no matter what Emma throws at him. Can't wait for the "Jolly Roger"!!


R/R relationship seems to be moving in a nice speed, especially after they lost all those great memories of each other-in the enchanted wood. With Regina now knowing the truth about him and seeing him with his son- who Robin saids she was taken care of and letting him live in the castle with her- I'm hoping by the end of the season she gets her happy ended. The one thing that is great about this hook up is that she will already have a built in family; hopeful Henry will be at the thanksgiving table too.


Anyone else think that if zelena goes back to change the past its the writers way to bring back Neal?

Spindae 2o

1. Power?
I assume Prince Charmng Junior?!? Cause it seems like Zelena needs him/her aswell. But from the 3 of them I think Emma has he greatest potential but she needs somehing to hold on like Rumple teached Zelena. That love she feels for Henry or her parents or even Hook.
2. Why does she needs her heart? I assume it's connected to the Dorothy tale and that Dorothy possibly cast that spell in Oz to turn back time. But Zelena has already Rumple's brain/freewill and Charmings courage she just needs Regina's heart and it's done.
3.Regina Hood? It was a game changer for sure but I really didn't saw it coming but I just love how they look at each other. Regina letting her heart in his hands was even the bigger deal. I think if Regna's brain starts to love Robin her heart will easily follow.
4.Should Henry know the truth? Of course he needs to know but it's harder than it seems I would tell him and show him magic frm there everything would be easier.
5. Feeling for Zelena? Hmmm not really. At the moment at least I need more flashbacks t her painful childhood. It was much easier to feel for Regina who has such a big backstory, revealed step by step. That childhood was to rushed, not that I enjoy her step dad bashing n her, but it just mossed the feeling she was hurt for him beng a bit alergic to her magic.
5. Best Scene?
Regina - Robin scenes everysingle one. I'm not sayng Zelena's back story was bad but not captivating as R&R. And who will buy that imidiate love for Rumple come on. Lookng forward to every new ep. ^_^


1- who holds the most power? I think Emma has the most power ,she just need practice .
2- Zelena's plans are for Regina's heart? looks like that change the history is her big agenda .
3- surprised that Regina gave her heart to Robin Hood? not at all , after all she knows that he is her soulmate .
4- Should Emma tell Henry the truth ? of course she should tell him , I think she owes him that because he spent almost a year trying to convince her about magic .
5- Do you empathize with Zelena? No
6- My favorite scene? all Regina and Robin Hood's scenes ,and I liked Tinker Bell and Regina's scene too.

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