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FAN-TASTIC! You know an episode is great when answers to questions just bring up more questions, and you can't wait to see the answers in ANOTHER episode. Whedonites probably knew the young woman who activated the Obelisk was important since the actress, Dichen Lachman, has been in other Whedon productions, most notably DOLLHOUSE. But, the reveal at the end of Skye's mother being the answer to 3 separate plot points - Skye's origin story, Whitehall's perpetual youth, & the Obelisk's purpose - was heartbreaking & brilliant. You'd think that after watching nearly every episode of CSI & BONES, a person would be immune to certain scenes. But, watching Whitehall literally pick the poor woman apart while alive, harvesting what he could from her, just turned my stomach. UGH...I look forward to watching Skye & her father get retribution for that. Some random thoughts...1) I liked seeing Peggy Carter. But, her part was the weakest of the whole episode. Her decision to keep Whitehall alive dooms the future of SHIELD, and her reasoning for it is not laid out well at all. The only thing that makes sense is that the Nuremberg Trials don't exist in Marvel Universe WWII history. If they had, SHIELD would have handed someone like him (human experimentation?!?!) over to the tribunal, and he would have been executed. 2) Ward's parents might have been Hydra, if they are as diabolical as the two brothers make them out to be. I still think Brother #3, Timothy, is out there waiting to resurface somewhere. The parents & Christian are dead. His body was identified, and he wasn't a spy. There would be no purpose in Christian faking his death because he's too well-known to go undercover in Hydra, & he didn't have anything they wanted. But, Ward is infiltrating Hydra to make up for what they did to Skye's family. And, I thought I saw a little beard stubble on Grant's final shot, meaning he's going bad again...but for good reasons.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

I had another random thought - why didn't Ingrid just open the urn & release Elsa after she froze Arendelle if she wanted another sister so badly?

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

Well, once a character gets a "happy ending," they usually aren't seen again. Aurora, Abigail, Cinderella, the Mad Hatter, August/Pinocchio - their stories are done. They were reunited with those they loved & their futures are secure. The ones we should be seeing are Red, the dwarves, Tinker Bell, Sidney/Mirror - characters who were left hanging. Snow & Charming haven't had their happy ending yet because Emma & Henry are still in peril.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

Have to give props to the Costume Designer for creating such gorgeous white gowns for Ingrid that don't look like wedding dresses. Since Regina has had no flashback scenes to her Evil Queen time (because she's moving away from that persona), I've missed the dramatic black, red & purple creations she wore. And, Elsa is stuck in that blue gown because apparently, magic can't be used to whip up a new wardrobe for oneself. So, yeah - love the Snow Queen dresses & Elizabeth Mitchell. She is just gorgeous - all icy beauty.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

Rumple's character was never "ruined." He's been the same from day one. Rumple always wants what he wants to make himself feel better & more powerful, from Neal to Belle to the Dark One dagger. Sure, he's sorry that he loses people's affections when they find out the truth of his deals. But, that's not the same thing as being sorry he did bad stuff. He's only regretted being found out. He's never expressed remorse at doing the actual deed - like killing Mila. I'm glad he actually told the audience where he stood as far as Belle goes because it confirms he hasn't been tricked, goaded or blackmailed into anything. Rumple does what he does because he WANTS TO DO IT! It's his choice to further his own aims, & everyone else be damned. In this case, the writers of OUAT have turned the Beauty & the Beast fairytale backward - the beast doesn't turn into a handsome prince. He's still a beast, and frankly, always was.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

Cinderella was the organizer of the Mommy & Me baby class last week. Didn't you notice her? She & Aurora were both there, with their babies.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

While the FROZEN characters play a part in the current storyline, it's really the Snow Queen fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen that is playing out in Storybrooke, down to the twisted magic mirror.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

If all of Arendelle is frozen, it really doesn't matter who is in charge. The place is like Sleeping Beauty's castle - suspended in time.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Smash the Mirror

Only Elsa could have convinced Emma to embrace her magical side. Emma was too afraid to touch any of her "normal" loved ones. Plus, their combined magic was needed to resist the pull of the sorcerer's hat.

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I will miss Ward's Beard. But, once I saw his pretty face again, I realized how much I'd missed seeing that, too. It became too easy to equate Unshaven Ward w/Hydra & being bad. Now, I suspect we'll see why the Ward family produced such *ssholes.