I’m going to be changing the format of these a little bit, just to be able to keep up with them. I’m going to assume that if you’re here you’ve watched the show, so I don’t need to provide a whole run down of the action. I also watch ahead, partly from curiosity, partly because I hate writing about something and not knowing what’s going on. There’s still a lot of that, but whatever. That brings me to the point, that I’m so not an expert on this show. I do this shit for fun! I just enjoy writing about things I like! I procrastinate and have no timetable of when I can squeeze one of these in, so you’ll probably end up hating me through the course of this.
I enjoy talking about the series I watch with other people that watch them, so if you have something you want to add, by all means, go for it! I’m not worried about spoilers, either way, I plan on watching all the way through.
With all that said, I’ll also add that I wrote a huge nearly 5000 word post for this episode yesterday, but I am very stupid and closed the browser without saving the fucking draft. The rage I felt. There are no words. Literally.
So here goes, the remix of my blog about Season 1 Episode 2 of Once Upon a Time. This one’s titled The Thing You Love Most and it originally aired October 30, 2011. Available on Netflix, my platform of choice. Cheers!
Every title screen of this show has something different about it, and in this one, there is a unicorn running through the trees. I’ll keep an eye on these as we go, they’re fun, sort of like the Simpsons couch gag.
The episode opens with everyone noticing the clock is finally moving. I’m going to be honest, I wouldn’t have noticed it at all, even if there were a mad scientist dangling from one of the arms. I’m pretty unobservant like that. Henry as ripped the last few pages from his book, the ones showing where Emma the baby was saved, I’m presuming. His mother, for all that she’s trying to convince Henry that these things aren’t true, pays a lot of attention to his book and the things that are missing from it.
Regina arrives on Emma’s doorstep and brings her a basket of apples from her orchard, really playing up to the stereotype of Evil Witch. There is a huge scene of a lady pissing contest and she makes it clear that she doesn’t want Emma in her town anymore.
The fact that she states that she has Henry in therapy seems like something Regina would do. Kids know when an adult is being insincere, and Regina seems like she’d be a cold lady. No, she probably wouldn’t try to help Henry though his problems, she would be the parent that stuck him in therapy and let him sort out his issues there, never realizing that she’s the actual problem. Emma proves to be the exact opposite, wanting to stay and help Henry in a tangible way, knowing that she can’t leave until she knows that he is alright. Regina collects people as things, and there are so many examples of this throughout the story, it’s fun to add them all up. Henry is a thing to her. Maybe a symbol of the happy life she wanted to have. I’ll have to think more on it before I’d make that a definite statement.
Meanwhile, in Fairy Tale, the Queen is talking about how she’s going to curse everyone and Charming throws his dagger at her and is super dramatic. The Queen leaves and heads home to be offered a drink by an old man with which she has a certain familiarity with. She pauses for a moment to thank him, and it’s clear that he’s something more than a servant. She talks about the dark curse and both the servant and her mirror tell her that she shouldn’t do it.
She goes to the Forbidden Fortress and finds her friend Maleficent. There is definitely a Kill Bill vibe between the two of them and I love it.
“If you’re going to kill me, kill me.”
“Why would I do that? You’re my only friend.”
I love this relationship and I hope they go into it a little more. The parallel between the two women is outlined. Maleficent had her own happy ending stole by Sleeping Beauty. I’m sure there are more jilted queens out there, but these two know each other, know their motivations and know just how evil the other one is. But there’s a sense of choice there. Maleficent had the curse, presumably for a while, but never chose to use it. Instead, she chose a different path, got a unicorn and kept the curse in a crystal, protecting it. Maybe she underestimated how evil her friend was. Maybe Maleficent isn’t all that evil. I don’t know what to think on it, there’s not a lot given to go on.
Maleficent warns her not to do the spell.
Cut to Queen doing the spell.
What an ass.
She gets all the crap together that she’s going to need, nasty weave and heart of a dead horse, dumps it in.
It’s s dud! The gnome laughing was a fun bit of comedy and he’s right there in Storybrooke. There’s a lot of tangible things that get brought from the other side to Storybrooke, and like the title scene, it’s fun to pick them out as you go. I’m sure there’s other websites that have all of them listed, but like I’ve said, I’m unobservant most of the time, and I’ll probably miss a lot of them.
Sidney runs the paper in Storybrooke, The Daily Mirror and was tasked by Regina to gather as much dirt on Emma as he could find. He’s got nothing on her. Here’s another example of Regina treating people like possessions. She tells him if he continues to find nothing, she’s going to discard him like trash. She’s pretty awful. This is all character building, and it’s plainly doing it’s job. Regina can’t convince her to leave, so she’s setting the stage to turn people against Emma.
In the coffee shop, Emma has a total foot in mouth moment when she accuses the Sheriff of flirting with her. Let’s face it, Emma is a hot blonde chick who probably gets hit on a lot. For her to read it that wrong was pretty funny to watch. Turns out it was little smart ass Henry who, though adorable, I flip flop about.
“Don’t you have school?”
“Duh, I’m 10, walk me.”
My mom would have slapped the shit out of me. I do like the fact that they have this completely informal relationship. I like the scenes that they have together. I appreciate the adult and child duality, that she sometimes had to explain to him that some things are impossible, though he sometimes counters her with impossible shit. Sometimes they portray him as a very intelligent child and sometimes they portray him as a very childish young man. I think that if he gets older (is that going to happen now that he’s in Storybrooke?), it’s going to be harder to keep it up.
Henry explains to her the premise of Operation Cobra. No one in the town is aware that they have pasts in Fairy Tale. They have to figure out who everyone is. Their advantage is that Regina doesn’t know that they know (but she knows about the book?!), but she hasn’t seen the missing pages of the book and she doesn’t know that Emma is the child that got away.
I get it. I do. It’s bare bones. But do they want to break the curse? Are people who have better lives in Storybrooke going to want the curse broken? Can anyone really do better in Storybrooke?
Mary Margaret reveals that Henry thinks she’s Snow White and Emma is sort of dumbfounded. If Henry is right, then she has met her birth mother for the first time. Emma just tells her she isn’t in the book. Why didn’t she tell her that she was in the book? What harm would it have done? There’s two options that I can think of off the top of my head. She doesn’t believe Henry or she does. She might not even know at this point. If she thinks it’s not true, telling Mary Margaret would just be weird and seem like she was trying to fill a gap in her life that she desperately needs. Or she does believe him and thinks that if Mary Margaret had the information, she could be in danger, it’s best for the least amount of people to know at this point.
Emma shows up at the doctor’s office. Now, as an adult who lived outside, she must have known going there wasn’t going to get her shit. No doctor is going to tell a complete stranger anything. It was going to be a no from the time she wakled in the door. The fact that Hopper did engage her in conversation about a minor that she is not the guardian of should have told Emma that something was up.
Emma was pretty stupid in this part of the story. She gets Henry’s file and goes home to spread it out all over her bed. Why wouldn’t you hide it away and read it in secret, knowing that Hopper could probably get fired for giving it to you in the first damn place? Instead, she’s sloppy with it when the Sheriff shows up to arrest her. It was a trap that she walked right into.
Duh, Regina was behind it. And of course, Regina has to go and interrupt class to tell Henry what a dirt bag his biological mother is. What a fucking gem she is. That kid if going to need a lot more than Mr. Hopper’s therapy to get through what this broad is putting him through.
Emma figures out that the police and most of the town are being controlled by Regina, but duh, she should have known that before then. Mary Margaret and Henry show up to bail Emma out (seriously, Regina never has a clue where her kid is). Emma leaves and goes all Texas Chainsaw on Regina’s apple trees.
Why? Why throw down the gauntlet to a woman that has serious connections in this town? It’s the one impulsive thing that Emma does that has the most dramatic effect, I get that. They’re both slowly upping the ante. This is a crescendo that goes on through the whole episode, the tit for tat makes for good viewing, don’t get me wrong. Shouldn’t Emma be downplaying her role in the town to try to learn more? And way to shit all over Mary Margaret who probably wouldn’t approve of you chainsawing the shit out of some tress while she posted bail.
Regina is furious, but when you run as a dictator, and profile blonde chicks, you better count on some criminal mischief. I know, I’ve been there. But anyway, is this the felony? Because Storybrooke’s legal system is a little fucked up then. Please inform me. She’s got a suspected DUI, trashing the sign would be property damage, stealing the files wouldn’t have been a felony and criminal mischief and destruction of city property was a charge that the Sheriff talked Regina out of. It’s all a bit unclear. Maybe it’s just needing to have that point where she becomes homeless in a town she doesn’t want to leave, making her move in with Mary Margaret. It just had to happen, proving that even Granny has to answer to the Mayor? Because no bed and breakfast I’ve ever stayed at had a no felons clause. It’s a bit of a reach.
The Sheriff warns the Queen about revenge and how she and Emma could go head to head, but the only one that was going to get hurt was Henry.
So Regina does exactly that, hurts Henry to get him to turn on Emma. What a bitch.
In Fairy Tale, the Queen goes to Rumpelstiltskin to find out what she did wrong that the curse wouldn’t work. It’s revealed that she should have used the heart of the one she loved the most. Of course a horse wasn’t gong to cut it. She’s no Kahleesi. So she goes home to what turns out to be her father. She gets the choice right there. Again. Maleficent told her that she could go a different path, chose to do something else than follow what her father calls a lonely road that she can’t turn back from. But that bitch as already halfway around the vengeance block and she kills her dad and takes his heart, making the curse work. That was the thing that happened to make her the way she is now.
There is a defining moment here in the Queen’s life. She is under the impression that love detracts from power, you can’t have them both. Giving in to love would forfeit all of the power she had amassed until then. And to keep gaining power and revenge she does have to give up all that she has left to love. It is completely black and white to her. It’s obvious what choice she takes. Maleficent took the other way, letting it go, getting a pet and moving on with her life.
In the conversation with Rumpelstiltskin, there was a lot going on. The Queen figures out what she needed for the curse, and gets her answer. She finds out that Snow White and Charming had already been there, that their child would be the one to break the curse. Now, at this point, Regina PROBABLY remembers what happened in Fairy Tale. It’s not definitely said. So, if that’s the case, then she has to know that the child could break the curse, and at the end of the episode Mr. Gold shows up just says all cryptic like, she’s exactly who Regina thinks she is. Gold also was also in on the deal that got her Henry. I don’t understand how the Queen would get this ultimate unhappy curse from a guy like Rumpelstiltskin and not think that he was going to make a loophole for himself. There’s no way he’s going to make a curse that wipes his own memory. Too many people owe him too much.
So why did he let her do the curse in the first place? Sure, comfort, not being in jail. Is that why he’s protecting Emma in the vague way that he is at the end of the episode?
Emma manages to make it right with Henry with the help of Hopper (who caved under just a look from Emma, Regina picked the wrong lackey). Operation Cobra is back on. Which is really just them doing what they’ve been doing and trying to keep it more of a secret from Regina than they have been I guess? Though he’s walking down Main Street with Emma on his way home from therapy. Where the hell is Regina?!
I think it’s cool that Henry is named after the Queen’s father. Maybe there is a piece of her that is a bit sentimental about the things she had to give up to get where she is. Maybe she’s trying to replace the thing she loves the most with Henry 2.0. Not sure yet, because that one beat of sentiment is hard to take after an episode of absolute bitchery.
Gold uses the ‘please clause’ he worked out with the Queen, to keep her from asking more questions about Emma. Why is he letting her have total control over the town if he can do whatever he wants with a simple ‘please’? I don’t get it and I can’t wait to see where the thread goes.
All in all, I thought it was a great episode. A lot of plot building going on, more discovery of who’s who. On a complete technical note, I fucking love the sets they use, they’re all pretty striking. Also, the wardrobes for Emma and the Evil Queen are fucking amazing.
I’m pretty excited for the next episode, a few things I want to see elaborated on are:
- The tie between Henry/Henry
- Mr. Gold knowing about Fairy Tale
- The Queen’s curse unraveling
- What role Emma is going to play in all of it
Just for reference, here are the characters that have been figured out:
- Evil Queen / Regina
- Rumpelstiltskin / Mr. Gold
- Snow White / Mary Margaret
- Granny / Granny
- Red Riding Hood / Ruby (Not explained, but totally obvious
- ??? / The Sheriff
- Jiminy Cricket / Archie Hopper
If there’s any that I forgot (probably), let me know and I’ll add then to the list.
See you on the next episode, Snow Falls! Cheers!