@Serenity - I'm also starting to wonder if the writers are parenting a large number of adolescents at this time. Last week, girl going through puberty early. This week, boy puberty & tendencies for aggression. Even though I like Halloween episodes, I'm not looking forward to the whole "children in danger" theme again this week.
@TiffanyO - You and I are on the same page! I don't think Bae is Peter Pan because Neverland has magic (Tinker Bell, endless youth). Bae was sent to a world without magic. Rumple assumes it's our world, as does the audience, which is why he wants to leave Storybrooke so badly. On Rumple, I found his question on relationships to be soooo bittersweet. We really can't expect him to know anything about healthy relationships other than his love for his son because look at what he had with Mila! Of course he's going to be clueless when it comes to Belle. His character is an interesting display of the victim/bully dynamic. Beaten down for so many centuries, he has a chance to become powerful with magic and takes it. He, like Regina, become the thing they hate most. Watching the tightrope they are on is fascinating.
FOR OUAT FANS - Check out the OUAT cover story in this week's ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. No, I don't work for them. It's a great article that also has a section on the design of the show (costuming and sets). No major spoilers.
@Van - Seriously? This latest episode spelled out Renard's heritage for the viewers so there could be no mistake. Eric told Adalind that Renard's mother was a Hexenbiest. He even told her how he ended up in the U.S. vs. remaining in Europe. If that conversation doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.
The casting director needs some kind of award for getting Christine Lahti to play Steve's mother. Not only is she perfect physically, but the actress herself conveys such intelligence that it's entirely plausible she could outwit and evade one Navy Seal son and another alleged son with equally wicked skills. It's also cool (and a little sad) that both have apparently inherited her skills.
@jlo - Rumple's backstory during the Ogre Wars was already told. After his marriage to Mila but before Bae was born, the men were expected to serve and help defend the area. He didn't and was branded a coward. It isn't like he was a secret agent. His pre-magic self was a disabled spinner who became even more poor when people turned their backs on him. I *don't* think it was cowardly of Rumple to refuse to fight Hook because he had a little boy to care for. It would have been foolish for him to risk death at that point. Have I made it clear how much I hate Mila for putting her husband & son in that position? She didn't even say goodbye! When it comes to cowardly acts, Mila shouldn't be pointing fingers at Rumple, that's for sure.
Excellent episode! Rumple stories are always interesting to me. It's sad that he never had the chance for a happy family because he clearly hooked up with the wrong woman from the start. I liked and appreciated the background on Mila; especially the way she entered and exited the canvas in the same episode. What a selfish piece of work. Great pirate clothes though. Hanging Hook's vengeance on her love seems quite weak because no one cares about Mila. Even pirates shouldn't trust someone who leaves their child. I think I'd buy it more if Hook hated Rumple just for cutting off his hand. Lastly, way to bring back Maurice and introduce Smee! Minor characters, true. But, they make the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke canvas much richer with their presence.
@xmeg816X - That's DR. Fronkensteen to you! ;-) I'm actually looking forward to the horror-themed episode next week. If Red can still be a fan favorite after devouring her boyfriend last season, then making Dr. Whale a mad scientist wouldn't be out of the ordinary IMO. Clever last name reference to movie director James Whale, BTW, if he does indeed play the part of the doctor. Whale directed the original Universal horror film and its sequel, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Holy smokes! Regina as the Bride?!?! That would never do. The Bride's wardrobe would require a drastic overhaul.
(from below) THE UGLY - Kalinda going from a smart savvy character who uses her brains & instincts to help the firm to a character who is reacting primarily with her vajayjay and fists. This isn't rocket science. Her girlfriend is a federal agent! Mitch isn't a U.S. citizen. If he's stalking her and won't leave her alone, go to court to get a restraining order. Then kick him out of the country!
THE GOOD - Courtroom scenes with a savvier-than-usual judge not letting Rita Wilson bamboozle him. Nathan Lane's underestimated trustee showing Rita Wilson that she'll have to do better than wear a leopard print skirt to win her case. Any scene with Alicia & Eli. I swear, they have better communication skills than Alicia with either of her romantic partners. THE BAD - Non-utilization of Cary. Stupid plaintiffs who throw their own lawyers under the bus and will probably be fired after one year. They deserve to get one HUGE bill from Lockhart Gardner seeing as how no less than 4 lawyers (including 2 partners) worked on their case...CONTINUED ABOVE
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