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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.

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That was an inside joke. Josh Dallas (David/Charming) co-starred in THOR as Fandral, one of Thor's 3 warrior friends. He couldn't do THOR 2 & was replaced in the role by Zachary Levi.

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There is a big hole in the entire Ingrid-Emma foster home history. If Ingrid/Snow Queen found a way to Boston to bond with Emma as a teenager, why did she just let her run away a couple of years later & not go after her? The lady is obviously powerful & was outside of Storybrooke's existence & curses. The audience is being shown that her motivation happens long prior to Storybrooke being created. It doesn't make sense that she'd just allow Emma to leave after going to the trouble of finding this world, becoming Emma's foster mother, & bonding with her. Also, Emma was supposedly a teenager when she went to live w/Ingrid. But, the drawing looked like it had been done by a child. That was bad continuity.