Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Evil Queen

“That's ridiculous. The only point in having enemies is so you can defeat them, kill them, brush them aside." 
"Or give them a chance to redeem themselves.” ― Derek Landy, Death Bringer
** All photos posted here are chosen for a reason **

Get up, come on get down with the sickness

Regina and Hook's lives are so empty that all they have to keep them going is their hunger for revenge. That is sad. Do they find any desire in this pain or has it all become just a terrible habit? Surely there's no real reward for vengeance. What fate lies ahead for the person who won't let the fire of their evil and selfish desires burn out? They have become slaves to their own creations and constantly frolic with their demons.  Could Hook be gaining some clarity to this futile crusade; understanding that revenge is an end- not a beginning. And then what is left to fill your time, heart and mind with? Nothing- No one. It all becomes a very lonely place to be. At some point you would think one should run out of reasons to keep that stupid fight alive. But how do you sever an old relationship that's getting you nowhere, even if that relationship is with your own negative self?! Let go.

Regina sounds like an addict! She justifies her vengeance and her need for power and control. She finds excuses for her actions, blames others for her emotions and never takes responsibility for the trouble and pain she inflicts onto others. But does she truly love Henry? I ask because she unloaded all that shit onto her "son" Henry, and then wipes his memory of it.  Of course she has no one to talk to!  She doesn't understand that loving someone is not to possess someone. You should love someone so they feel free.  On LOST Ben Linus tried to possess Juliet- it was pitiful.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end

Again... you can't change the past- whatever happened happened. You can only learn from your past and move forward from it, hopefully more educated and enlightened to do and be better.  But there can't be a new beginning until there has been an ending.

When her true identity is camouflaged Regina learns the truth about how the people see her and how Snow White sees her and their past relationship. Snow can even forgive Regina for her past actions. But we see even Snow has a breaking point and ends up losing hope in the good heart of Regina; remember, we've seen Snow White has stopped Regina from being executed twice already.  When Regina sees Snow White has lost hope in her, this makes Regina lose faith and hope in herself and this sadly keeps her on an angry and vengeful path. She's resigned herself to her dark side- but for how long?

For all of the residents, not just Regina, it is their true self that is well hidden... and well-guarded.

Regina says she wants to be good and to be the hero, but she can't become that just by erasing the past choices she's made and consequences that followed. She can change her destiny and become those things by a transformation of sorts.  Regina can feel true love, be in true love and be loved, once the "evil" part of her is gone - dead. Again, the only way you can move on is to let go.  Regina wants to erase Storybrooke, but maybe there's a part of Regina that doesn't need Storybrooke anymore.

Emma is obviously looking for answers- deep answers.  And of course Emma doesn't have a superpower- but she does seem to be able to tap into her intuition at times.  In this episode, to me, Emma's behavior, although grown up, was kind of child-like when she was with Henry. And she does seem to have a bit of attachment to Neal.


Or at least I hope he's still alive (and well), but where? Since we've been introduced to the Flynn's, I've been deep in thought about the whereabouts of missing Kurt Flynn.  Since Regina's involved, my first thoughts were him being trapped in a computer/video game (because his name is Flynn and we got a major nod to ENCOM) and then I imaged him also being locked away in Regina's secret ward underneath the hospital. But the more I dwell on it- the whole Flynn, ENCOM and Space Paranoids video game stuff brings me back to thinking technology and science.

Ah, but what the hell do I know? Maybe Regina changed his form and brought him to another realm. Maybe he's stuck somewhere else- like in King George's realm or hidden in Neverland or Wonderland... or, yes, I'll say it 'cause I'm crazy like that and love to have fun... the "Island."

Things to Note...Questions to Ask...

๑ Maleficent rises from the ashes and Earth, and her screams made me think of the Wraith
๑ Fire. Burned. Charred. Smoldering. Ashes
๑ Tamara and Greg put hoods over their captured people
๑ Black Diamond
๑ Sleep. Unconscious. Wake up
๑ Hood. Veiled.
๑ Identity. Change. Transformation. Shape-shifting
๑ Bug. Beetle. Dragonfly. Praying Mantis
๑ Darts. Arrows
๑ Camouflage. Hide.
๑ Time. Turn back time
๑ Greenhouse
๑ Wardrobe
๑ Cuff
๑ The Queen is Dead
๑ The Stranger
๑ Wilma: My mind went right to Wilma Flintstone.
Vocabulary and Research...

Dragonfly: Flying insect. Anisoptera (from Greek anisos, "uneven" + pteros, "wings"). It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. They are predators. Dragonflies can sometimes be mistaken for damselflies, which are morphologically similar. Damselflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, with an aquatic nymph stage.
Dragonfly (aka Shuttle Chess or Bird Chess) is a chess variant invented by Christian Freeling in 1983. There are no queens, and a captured bishop, knight, or rook becomes the property of the capturer, who may play it as his own on a move turn to any open square. The game is an off-shoot and simplification of a Freeling game named Loonybird (or Dragon Chess).
Praying Mantis: because of the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs. They are predators. The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches. They are sometimes confused with phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets.
-Northern Praying Mantis, the Northern Chinese martial art from Shandong
-Southern Praying Mantis, the Southern Chinese martial art of the Hakka people
-Operation Praying Mantis, a 1988 naval battle between US and Iranian forces  
๑ Wilma: German/Dutch name meaning Resolute Protector and in Italian it is short for Willhelmina and means Will-Helmut, Desire.
- Hurricane Wilma, Tropical Storm Wilma, Cyclone Wilma, Wilma Glacier
๑ The Coffin Texts are a collection of ancient Egyptian funerary spells written on coffins beginning in the First Intermediate Period.

VIDEO CLIP ABOVE: Here's a little LOST Flashback to when fail safe Desmond uses his magic fail safe key to make the Swan Hatch go away.

Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale

✈ Technology. Science.
✈ Two man jobs: The Swan Hatch to press the button and The Pearl to observe and take notes on the two people in the Swan Hatch
✈ Offered a job: To protect the island
✈ 8
✈ Stab the Dark One: S6 Locke, aka- the Man in Black, and "Mother" in Across the Sea
✈ Fail-safe: in "Live Together Die Alone" Desmond turned the magic fail-safe key and made the Hatch implode and go away... Desmond is also mentioned being a failsafe in "What They Died For."
✈ Lists: Flight manifest. Hurley makes a list of survivors. Ben's list of crash survivors. Jacob's Lists
✈ The Others put hoods over the heads of their captured
✈ Veiled. Hood
✈ In "Exodus part 2"  Walt asks Michael "What about everybody else?..."
✈ Fire. Burned. Charred. Smoldering. Ashes
✈ Shape-shifting
✈ Darts. Arrows
✈ Time. Turn back time
✈ Chicken
✈ Identity. Change. Transformation 
✈ Greenhouse: The Orchid Station is below the greenhouse- There's No Place Like Home P1,
There's No Place Like Home P2, The Little Prince and in Further Instructions : Locke lives in a commune that has a greenhouse
✈ Ben Linus tried to possess Juliet "You're mine!" in "The Other Woman"
- Ben killed the members of Dharma village, including his father
✈ Liam has a dragonfly/bug motif on his shirt in "Greatest Hits"
✈ Birds. Bears
Left Behind
✈ John Locke, Sun and "Mother" to Jacob used herbs/plants from the Earth for various ills.

Enough of my rambling... Here's your episode recap! Enjoy!
Tamara and Greg brought hooded Hook to the clock tower of the library and tied him up, all to offer him a job. But Hook feels his life purpose has been met when he killed Rumpelstiltskin. Tamara wishes she could have been there to see him "Stab the Dark One."  But Greg shows Hook via the unobstructed clock tower and with the aid of a telescope, that Rumple is very much alive and hanging out with Lacey as they exit The Rabbit Hole.  Greg eggs Hook on. "He beat you. Now this guy has powerful magic, Mate. He's untouchable. You'll never get another chance to take him down."  The two lovebirds inform Hook that the only way to take him down is with their help. Tamara reveals, "We know how to kill magical creatures."  The price- Greg needs Hook to help him find his father; as Hook knows Regina took him.
Back in The Enchanted Forest the "Evil" Queen is still on the hunt for Snow White.  She and her soldiers (Berkeley) search a small cabin and determine Snow White was hiding there and now she's gone. "Someone must have tipped her off and she ran," claims the Queen. When the Queen meets with the townsfolk, she spins a story about the crimes Snow White committed in an effort to ascend the throne herself.  Even though the Evil Queen offers to richly reward for information leading to the capture of Snow White, no one takes her up on it.  The Queen is stunned. "No one? Not one of you wants gold? NO? You're telling me she lived here and not one of you saw her?!"  The angry Queen, not getting any help from the villagers and not getting her way, commands her soldiers to "kill them all. No mercy. Find me Snow White!"

Mary Margaret and David sit on a bench under the stars on the chilly dock, warmed by a blanket and something to drink. They discuss going back to the Enchanted Forest and leaving Regina behind. David feels Regina's too dangerous and although it will affect Henry those horrors will continue if Regina is around. Every time they give Regina another chance- she slips.  This seems to really be tugging at Mary Margaret's heart. David suggests they give Regina a choice, "Come back, live out her days in Rumple's cell or stay here."
"Jail cell? I don't think so" Regina wonders. She had been hidden in plain sight as a male fisherman and has been eavesdropping on their conversation. They never knew she was there.
In the castle the Evil Queen Regina calls for Rumpelstiltskin- and there he is.
Rumple feels the fired up Queen Regina has taken to power quite well. "Gives your cheeks a nice rosy color."  The Queen doesn't understand how the peasants are still loyal and protect Snow White even when offered a fortune. Rumple reminds her that although she is their Queen, she did just slaughter an entire village. "Maybe that's why they call you 'The Evil Queen'."
"I am not evil," claims the Queen, blaming Snow White, "She's the evil one."
Rumple advises, "They're her people, Dearie. You're gonna have to be content with their fear. They'll never love you."
But the Queen insists they will once she is gone; when Snow is dead. "Then they will see my kindness."  She feels the people will then be able to eventually forgive her previous evil acts; including burning down their homes.  Regina needs to find Snow White herself.
While Rumple sits looking at himself in a hand-held mirror, Regina asks him to teach her her mother's Shape-shifting Spell, "Allow me to hide."  But that spell took Cora months to learn, so Regina wants Rumple to put the spell on her.
"If I do... you won't control it," Rumple reveals, "And you won't have any magic while the spell is working."  Regina insists she won't need magic as long as she can get close enough to snap her neck with her bare hands.  Seeing her determination, Rumple instructs; when the deed is done call upon me. "Only I can return you to your regal self."  The price- Rumple needs her to cut off all trade with King George's realm, as he needs him bankrupt. Deal! Time is of the essence.
With the magical swirl of blue smoke, Regina is transformed. She only sees herself dressed in ghastly rags, but the world will see not only the rags, but a new face as well. Rumple warns, "Be careful, Dearie, a Queen striding amongst peasants might not like what she hears."  This warning doesn't faze the camouflaged Queen. "They'll be singing my praises over her smoldering villainous remains."
Henry is tending to his birdhouses when Regina pays him a visit.  Claiming she missed him, she also reveals the package of magic beans she stole from the hidden bean field cultivated by Anton and the Storybrooke gang. Regina tells darling Henry that Emma, Mary Margaret and David have been keeping this a secret from him and that they want to take him to the Enchanted Forest with her.  Henry thinks maybe they're all going and they just haven't told Regina yet.
"No. They won't let me help. They don't see the good in me- the good you've seen. They only see the Evil Queen, which, they made me. And I don't wanna be that anymore. This is my chance to go back and start over- for me to be the Hero. And you'd like that, right? {Henry would love it.} This is how it will work... There's a failsafe built into the curse, a trigger..."
"Like a self-destruct button. Like you never did it," Henry adds.
Regina continues, "Yes. It's the next best thing to turning back time."  Henry finds that amazing and asks what happens to Storybrooke.  "It disappears... forever. No need to worry, dear, we can get away first, back to the Enchanted Forest using this (beans)," says Regina.
Concerned Henry wonders, "But... what about everyone else?"
"They die."
Regina doesn't have any other choice, "As long as there are other people in our lives... you can never fully be mine. You loved me once- with them gone you'll love me again and you can see me for what I truly am... a Hero."  Henry knows that's bullshit! If she kills everyone else she's a villain- and he could never love anybody who could do such horrible things, "Why would you even tell me this?!"
Regina reveals she doesn't have anyone else to talk to. Everything she said will come to pass because even though Henry wants to stop her, Regina magically wipes his memory of that conversation.
The magically transformed "riches to rags" Evil Queen strolls through the village and comes upon a game where villagers sink darts/arrows into the heart of the stuffed replica of the Evil Queen.  The Villagers laugh and mock, for they know the Queen doesn't have a heart and that she lies about Snow White. They begin to chant "Kill the Evil Queen!"
A young man throws his dart at the dummy doll Queen and the crowd cheers, while refashioned Regina is overwhelmed with shock at their true feelings for her.  "Snow White should be our Queen," the young man states, and thanks his lucky stars that he doesn't know her/the Queen. "Let's burn her!" Again the crowd cheers.  Regina holds back the angry villagers with a torch. She won't stand for this treason!  Two of the Queen's guards (Rivers and Berkley) approach to find a dirty slag is defacing an effigy of their Queen- not seeing it is truly the Evil Queen Regina trying to stop it.  Regina will have River's head for saying that it looks just like her. She claims to know their names because "I am the Queen." {She removes her veil as if to prove it. And puts her hands out wanting to use magic on them- but there's no magic.} They take her away.
In Regina's Mayoral office in Storybrooke, she tends to her mini greenhouse that houses her stolen magic beans.  Captain Hook enters to ask for her protection.
"From Gold? I'm surprised you'd show your face in this town, once you noticed your murder didn't take."
Hook reveals their bigger problems; Mendell (the man who hit him the night Hook shot Belle) and some woman he's in league with. She abducted him in New York and dragged him back to Mendell. They want Hook to make an alliance with Regina and then betray her; that's why they let him go. Hook proposes the alliance but they can skip the betrayal business. Hook's unaware Cora is dead and when it's revealed he finds it sad news. "She will be missed. I will tell you this, Regina, I knew her well enough to know that she wanted most in the world was to see you win. Now, I failed in my revenge - the best tribute I could give her is to help you with yours."
Regina shows Hook her escape plan-  the mini-greenhouse with the magic beans. Cora would have loved that. She brought the Giant with the beans so she could go back and start over with Regina. But now Regina's doing that with Henry; if Hook will help her.  This is how they're going to escape the total destruction of Storybrooke- including the crocodile. "Rumpelstiltskin will die, if you help me."
Emma literally bumps into Tamara while she's picking up bagged food from Granny's.  Apparently "He" still hates mayo like the plague.  A list of residents names connected to their fairy tale land names falls and Emma picks it up. Emma fishes for insight into Tamara's time in Storybrooke and also mentions what it would mean for Henry or Neal if the world found out about this place- but Tamara assures Emma she can be trusted.

Back at the apartment Emma tells Mary Margaret that Tamara is the "She" August tried to warn them about and how Tamara has a list about the people who live there, and lied to her when she said she can trust her.  But Mary Margaret Shhhh''s her, as Henry is upstairs. Mary Margaret thinks Emma's superpower has been known to be unreliable; especially when she's emotional.
"For the last time- I don't have feelings for Neal. That was over a decade ago. I'm over it," Emma tells her mother.  Mother whispers, warning, "If you tell Henry that you think his dad's fiancée may be up to something... then Henry's gonna think there's a chance his parents could get back together. So keep it to yourself, please, until you know something more."  She leaves and Henry appears from out of nowhere to Emma's left; apparently he wasn't upstairs or in the shower.
"Exactly. Operation Cobra is back on," sneaky Henry states. Emma has an ally in investigating Tamara.
Regina and Hook enter the old library. Hook assumes why it's a two man job, "You need me to lower you?"  No. It used to be before magic. Regina uses her magic to unlock and open the elevator doors and to close them.  The gears and metal whirls, clicks, clanks and creaks.
As the two guards drag the camouflaged Regina to have her head chopped off, she is trying to prove who she is by spewing facts of her knowing them. Panicked Regina calls out "RUMPELSTILTSKIN!"  But an arrow is shot by a hooded person, revealed to be Snow White. She's come to save the day. This makes Regina faint.
Down the bowels,  Hook asks Regina, "You ever wonder if this constant pursuit for revenge is the reason we have no one who cares for us? I mean, when all this is over and the crocodile is dead for good and all... I'll have nothing to look forward to. My life will be empty. Revenge may sate your being but don't misunderstand me my dear- It's an end, not a beginning."
"For you, maybe- not me. I have Henry. And destroying Storybrooke, well, that seems like a small price to pay to allow us to live in peace."
When Hook points her in the direction to head, Regina notices he wears the enchanted cuff-bracelet Cora gave him to climb the beanstalk with Emma. Even though Regina plans to blow Storybrooke off the map, she demands it back and Hook obliges. Regina places the cuff on her left wrist. "Now follow me closely."   She leads him further into the cave.
"Precarious. You couldn't have just hid the trigger in the back of your wardrobe?" Hook asks. But Regina knows it had to be both well hidden and well-guarded. "I put it somewhere no one would ever think I'd go," claiming a friend is guarding it. "She's been through a lot. There's a powerful spell here that sustains her in... whatever form she's in."  This is why it's a two-man job; Hook's role is the distraction while Regina gets the trigger.  Regina pushes him into the pit!
Rising from the ashes and debris, a towering beastly form takes shape! The beast regains a human size, yet Hook recognizes it as Maleficent; whom he loves in Earth tones.  As they engage in combat, the screeching grotesque Maleficent again changes size, growing gigantic.

Regina searches for her stashed trigger inside the familiar glass coffin that is covered in ash and dirt.  Out of the retrieved pouch she gazes at the "trigger"- a black diamond.
On the run Snow White takes care of her unconscious liberated stranger.  The stranger has a fever; a dirty blade will do that.  Snow White asks "Honey" her name and the stranger replies "Wilma. My family works in the mills."  Snow's happy to meet her and informs her "You're going to live, by the way."
"How long... (She has trouble getting up) How long 'til I can get up?"
Snow tells her two days. She picked a good place for it though- fresh water, healing herbs and not bad hunting; if you don't mind killing the Royal livestock.
"You don't know how to do that," claims Wilma, and realizing she can't let on who she really is.  As Snow mixes up a bowl of herbs she shares that someone from another forest taught her. "It's a long story."
This perfect stranger asks why Snow is out there when there are people hunting for her. Snow wants the stranger to listen to as a distraction while she bathes her wound- it's going to hurt.  Snow tells the stranger the events of the day when she was younger and the horse she was riding got away with her and was about to be thrown and was saved by a woman who had no idea who she was. This woman risked her own life for Snow, "And changed me. My mother always told me to keep goodness in my heart and this woman proved she was right."  It taught Snow that there can be this genuine selfless connection between people, even strangers.  This recount of events and lessons touches the stranger/Regina and she asks Snow what happened to the stranger.
"She's gone," Snow answers with a whisper, "Oh, but I hope she comes back some day."  Yes, secretly Regina is touched and hopeful.
While on their stakeout Henry tells Emma that while Operation Cobra was about breaking the curse, this is about keeping Storybrooke secret, so they need a new name.
"Operation Tiger," blurts out Emma. Henry asks her why, but Emma complains that Henry never needs a why.
Henry wants something like the town- something that hides in plain sight- something like a Praying Mantis.   Henry thought by now they'd be having adventures- over there. "Riding horses, shooting bows and arrows... This is cool too."  Emma asks the boy if that's something he still wants; if there is a way to go back to the Enchanted Forest.
"Is there?!" Henry asks.  When Emma tells him no and not to be crazy, Henry thinks "There is... a way back. The bean or something. The Giant brought it, didn't he?"  Emma knows he's a smart kid. Henry finds this awesome! "We can get like a castle. You, me and Neal."  Emma cuts that idea down.
"Duck!" yells Henry.  "Operation Praying Mantis is on," declares Henry, as they watch Neal and Tamara leave Granny's.
Emma picks the lock to Tamara's room while Henry is the look-out.  {The exchange between these two about hitting the door is kind of childish.}  Henry has delusions of Neal and Emma getting back together when they discover that Tamara is evil; that would call off their wedding. Henry feels it could happen for them,
"Thrown together, moonlight, wine..." {You mean like Lady and the Tramp?!} But Emma insists she's on to Tamara for other reasons.

Emma searches the room and the wardrobe and discovers a creaky loose floorboard. {Henry looks like he's balancing walking a line outside the door.}
Emma's interrupted by Henry entering with Neal. By the way, Neal taught her the bang on the door trick. Emma lies claiming he wasn't there and the door was open. But she comes clean, sharing she thinks Tamara is playing him and that she's the "she" August was trying to warn them about.  Neal admits he helped her make the list of fairy tale names for Tamara.
Emma  investigates the loose floorboard with Neal's help for Emma's "proof" and finds nothing.
Snow White puts out the fire while Camo'd Regina starts to wake up. Snow thinks she looks better, "I think you slept off the last of it." Snow arms her guest with a sword, as they need to get moving because Snow heard noises in the woods; maybe a patrol.

As they move on we see "Regina" have second thoughts about using the sword to take down Snow White. "If the stories are to be believed, the Queen sent the Huntsmen to tear your heart out," Snow's guest asks.  Snow says yes, as she continues to help the woman on their walk.  Regina asks if the woman was there in front of her now, would she kill her for that.
Snow opens up. "Regina wants to hurt people. I think she's in constant pain and is always looking to figure out whom to blame for it. We lived in the same household and still she could never see that I was on her side. She wanted revenge more than she wanted love. And I can't imagine living that way. I want to be guided by love- so, no, I wouldn't kill her."
But "Regina" feels no one is that generous, "People aren't that good."  But Snow thinks they are- even "her"; Regina's just afraid to look vulnerable, and Snow knows there's still good inside there. "I've seen it. I wish she'd give herself the chance to be that person again."  Snow doesn't think it's too late for her or anyone.
The now warmed heart "Regina" asks "So, if she wanted to change... if she wanted to be a family again, if she... wanted to be good... would you forgive her for that? Would you let her back in?"
Snow would love that- if she really meant it.  "I wouldn't mind a feather bed either, but neither one is happening so there's no use thinking about it. She wouldn't offer," Snow adds.
"Sometimes people can surprise you," hopeful "Regina" affirms.
Just then Snow makes a grisly discovery. The townspeople have been slain on the hillside, all by the order of the Evil Queen Regina.  Regina reflects, "We gone further than I thought."  Snow is very upset because these people are dead because they helped her- she knows she/Regina did this. Devastated Snow takes it back- "It is too late for her. I could never forgive her. There is no good in that woman. None! I was wrong. There never was."    Regina reminds Snow of that fateful horse rescue all those years ago. "Your story... about being saved."
Snow never said it was "Her."  "Regina" claims to have read between the lines. Snow draws her bow and arrow, knowing the woman who stands before is Regina; hidden behind her dark magic.
Regina admits and adds "There is good in me."  But Snow doesn't want any part of it. This infuriates Regina and she tries to summon up a fireball of magic in her right hand- but there is no magic to be found due to her current altered state. Still holding the sword in her left hand, she starts to lower it and drops it, and calls out for Rumple. She would rather use magic than an actual weapon. Again, Rumple doesn't appear, so Regina runs away.
The library elevator opens and Regina is stunned to see that Hook is already standing there; feeling Hook couldn't have survived that.  Hook is proud, as the one thing he excels at is surviving.  Hook feels that the two shared a connection with the whole "fresh clean start..." almost had him- so much so that he almost put a stop to his plan. Uh, well, "their plan," speaking of Greg and Tamara. They saved hook from Maleficent. "They have a way with magic, or should I say, a way against magic."  Having enough, Regina tries to conjure up magic in her left hand but is unable to do so, as Greg and Tamara had altered the previously magical cuff Regina now wears.
Henry admits to believing Emma about Tamara, while the two share some ice cream. Emma insists she's right.
"And when we prove it we can all go back to the Enchanted Forest," proclaims Henry. {Emma makes a weird expression.}
David tells Leroy they'll need his help repairing the palace when they get back. Mary Margaret reveals its been burned down.  The trio discovers that the bean field is destroyed- the beans are gone. Angry Leroy feels "Nobody steals from a Dwarf." Snow wonders "Who would do this?"
"Regina barges into Rumple's house asking why he didn't come when she called upon him to change her back
"I said you can call- didn't say I'd answer,"  replies the imp.  Annoyed Regina wants to be changed back; she obviously didn't have a pleasant time being a faceless being in the crowd of the peasants and Snow White.  She tells Rumple, "Well, you were right." Rumple eggs her on. "Right about what?"
"They'll never love me," admits the broken Queen. Rumple feels it's so sad- yet so true. So Regina is going to punish them!
Rumple transforms her back.
Regina declares "The Queen is dead.  Long live... the Evil Queen."
Hook reveals the cuff Regina wears has been rigged with something that blocks her magic. Little bitty Owen does grown-up magic of his own now, thinks Regina.  But Owen says it's not magic- it's something much better... Science.  Regina tries to get the cuff off of her wrist, but Owen clarifies that she may be able to get rid of the leather, but inside is there are the toughest metals and machinery known to man and right now they're counteracting every magic bone in your body.
Tamara looks over his list, "Which one was she?"  Owen verifies "Uh, she was th- the Queen. The Evil Queen."
"Yes, I was... the Queen."
Owen interjects, "But now... here... You're nothing."  He's just a man on a mission but finding his father is not his mission. He knows Regina knows where his father is- and he's not telling Regina what his mission is.  He orders Tamara to "Bag her."

Sunday, April 21, 2013


When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” - William Arthur Ward
 ** All photos posted here are chosen for a reason **

Once you remember who you are, it will all become clear

This is such a wonderful episode. I found it interesting that Mr. Gold has a dream about Henry blowing out candles on a birthday cake in his shop. Also there is Neal, Emma, Mary Margaret and David; this is a family gathering.
In this dream happy Mr. Gold tells Henry "And now my boy, for your present. Pick one object from the shop- anything you like."  Henry picks a royal blue handle magic wand from a large selection of collected wands. Henry is warned by Neal to be careful "Wands are powerful."  Henry swings the wand around toward Mr. Gold, to which Mr. Gold cautiously backs up from its path, and shows Henry how it works.
He swirls the wand over Henry's head and it magically glimmers with gold sparkles. Then in an instant, Mr. Gold turns the boy into an un-real boy, of sorts.
He transformed Henry because of the Seer's prophecy declaring "...the boy would be my un-doing, so I have no choice... I must be his."  Gold uses his gold handled cane/walking stick to break this "Henry" apart. Mr. Gold, wearing royal blue pajamas, bolts awake from this dream.

Although we see Mr. Gold/Rumple's driven intent to be the boy, Henry's, undoing, I can't help but recall that the Seer never said which young boy would be Rumples undoing, or what regard "undoing" even means. I'm not saying the young boy who leads Rumple to his son isn't Henry, or that Henry is indeed the one the Seer saw, but we know how it's all in the details and the picture of the future is jumbled and you have to figure out how the pieces all fit together properly.  Perhaps it means the boy (Henry) will "Un-Do" Rumple's hardened dark side. Is it possible the Seer is speaking of another boy altogether.  Yes, it's true, Henry is a boy- but so is Pinocchio/August.  August was trying to warn Emma and the town about someone/something dangerous.

Mr. Gold was the person to procure little Henry, but from where and whom did he procure him from? Mr. Gold, claiming no knowledge of the genealogy of Henry, feels it was fate that he procured Henry. Regina's had not been exposed to the news of Henry being the son of Neal and Emma until now.  This, of course, makes the gang all related... family.  Gold is on his best behavior because of his son, he doesn't want him to know who he really is. And playing the part of the loving grandfather might be the path Gold is taking, but Regina feels he always chooses darkness- "Your dark heart and it always wins out." She wonders if his own son couldn't bring out the good in him then who will. That person is Belle.

Yin- Yang

Belle brings out the best of Rumple/Gold's heart, while Lacey triggers darkness from him.  We know all of the residents are "both" their Storybrooke identities and their fairytale identities- and they are all light and dark. Each person is trying to find out who they themselves truly are. Mr. Gold's feelings for amnesiac Belle are true. Belle and Gold will help each other remember who each is. In some way they're all helping each other. Emma even advises Regina "...Instead of worry about everyone else you start focusing on trying to be the person Henry wants you to be before you lose him for good."
We learn that Belle is constantly crying while she is locked up as "the monster" Rumple's servant. She agreed to this sacrificial self-imprisonment as a means to save her Kingdom and her family. She sees the dark side of this Dark One, but also can see a spark of light in him too.
But it is the kind hearted Belle who frees the shackled and tortured prisoner, Robin Hood, who stole a magic wand from Rumple. Angry Rumple thinks, "People who steal magic never have good intentions!"  But Belle feels "No! No! You can't know what's in a person's heart until you truly know them."  Pissed off Rumple is going to shoot an arrow straight through Robin Hoods heart- with Robin's own bow.
When the angry Rumple/Dark One demands Belle witness his revenge on the thief Robin Hood, things take a turn... They see that Robin Hood did not steal the magic wand for selfish reasons; he did so to save the life of his pregnant lady, Marion. Rumple is stopped in his tracks when Belle states Rumple's not the kind of man to leave a child fatherless. Rumple's shoots the arrow at the couple, but he misses his target on purpose, claiming the magic arrow's magic must have worn off.
"You been locked up long enough," Mr. Gold tells Belle, as he puts plans in motion to get her out of Storybrooke hospital. But this metaphoric statement isn't just for the Belle/Lacey situation- it is also for Rumple/the Dark One/Mr. Gold.
Crafty Regina pays a visit to chatty Belle and uses magic for her own gain by "conjuring up memories" in Belle by using a trigger- a matchbook from The Rabbit Hole.  This trigger makes Belle think she remembers who she is. Her altered ego is called Lacey; a scantily clad barfly, hustling pool player, all around fun chick. But this is information of a false life- of a life the residents of Storybrooke never lived.

Regina and Mr. Gold know these aren't Belle's memories and agree these are from the curse. "You see, all I did was jog things back in place," Regina tells Mr. Gold.  She claims she can't bring her back, as when Belle crossed the town line, "Her old self is gone. These curse memories she has are now real. Lacey's here to stay."  Gold knows that any curse can be broken, especially with True Love's Kiss.

When we met Belle she was locked away in Regina's secret underground ward beneath the hospital, where she had no memories then either. That begs the question... At what point did Belle become Regina's secret imprisoned amnesia patient?  Sure, I understand "David Nolan" had no memories either, but I guess Regina felt the need to still implant memories of a false life for anyone and everyone, whether they woke up or came to, or not.
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In Storybrooke Mr. Gold seeks relationship/romance/love advice from David, who was in a similar situation with Kathryn.  The Prince shared about the "real us" being inside of them and to show Lacey/Belle the man she fell in love with. He takes the Princes' advice and tries to woo his love back by taking her on a date to Granny's.  Even as "Lacey", Belle can still see a good man in Mr. Gold.  The date doesn't go well, as Lacey sneaked off to the alley to make out with the "Fairy Tale Land" sheriff of Nottingham. But frustrated Gold sees that somewhere in Lacey's mind she can recall Belle's heartfelt sentiments to the Dark One/Rumple.
They can find their way back to each other.

Where I can run just as fast as I can- to the middle of nowhere
Mary Margaret and David bring Emma out to the see the secret cloaked magic bean field that Anton and the Dwarfs have been tending to and nurturing. Mother Superior is the one who cloaked the field. Then Emma's parents share that the goal is to use the magic beans to make a portal go back to the Enchanted Forest. Restoring their land is the best way to mend Mary Margaret's/their heart. They want their whole family to go back and maybe Emma can have her "happy ending."

When Neal brings sleeping Henry back to Emma at the apartment, Emma asks him if he's ever thought about going back home- where they're from. But Neal's spends most of his life trying to forget that place. "I didn't exactly have a fairy-tale childhood. You know what I mean," Neal shares. Neal also shares his feelings about August being a lot cooler as a kid, "Steals less of my money."  As far as August's warning, Neal feels August always had a knack for being cryptic. He also knows Emma will figure it out because she doesn't stop until she finds what she's looking for.
Since Regina is always suspicious of people hiding things and information from her, she watches the Dwarfs, Tiny, Mary Margaret and David  drive up to Granny's, where she is able to use magic to follow the path they took- the path that leads to the hidden bean field.
Keeping a huge secret from Neal, Greg and Tamara discuss their big plan. Greg shows Tamara a map of all the places he's seen it.  He feels "This town's lousy with magic."  Greg warns "If Neal suspects anything it's gonna make everything that we have to do that much harder."  Tamara assures him he won't.  Greg hasn't had any luck finding his dad, but he's sure he's there. Greg and Tamara will find him, but it seems there's another, more important thing to do; involving Tamara getting "the package" there. And yeah, it's stable.
The package is revealed to be Captain Hook, gaged and bound in the back of a trailer that's being towed by Tamara's vehicle.  They can always count on a Pirate to do your dirty work.
Are Greg and Tamara there to simply mock Storybrooke's incompetence with magic or are they there to steal magic?

You can have anything you want- but you better not take it from me

Rumpelstiltskin shares a common thread with LOST's Sawyer, as they both are attached to their "things." They become very protective of their stuff.  It doesn't matter if it is things they already possess or things they acquire, it becomes things that provide both men with power over people and situations, intimidation, control and they love to make deals.  Yet, once their hearts start to open, they are willing to share and give.

Things to Note...Questions to Ask...

๑  Henry is a little boy- but so is Pinocchio/August
๑  Greg is trying to find his father, the father he left behind in Storybrooke when he was a boy
๑  Reboot
๑ (Gold) Arrow. Bow
๑  Royal Blue
๑  There was a sheriff (of Nottingham) in Storybrooke already, but he wasn't Storybrooke's sheriff.  Lacey tells this sheriff that he's not her type.
๑ Dark-Light couples: Greg and Tamara. Neal and Tamara.
๑ Red picket fence. Neal and Henry fence/sword fight with wooden swords just like Henry and his grandfather, Prince Charming did in Lady of the Lake
๑ Birth. Wake up. Death
๑ Sleep. Dream
๑ Tranquilize 
๑ Head filled with false memories
๑ Eye. See. Look
๑ Line
๑ Landscaping/plant/harvest
๑ Mr. Gold isn't a fan of The Rabbit Hole
๑ Mr. Tom Clark/Sneezy thinks Lacey should be called "Fast Eddie/Eddy". Sneezy also lost his memory when he crossed the town line in We Are Both
10 bowls of chili, no beans
๑ Rumple will owe David/Prince Charming, a favor
๑ Rumple removes the sheriff's tongue
๑ Episode: Skin Deep- Valentine's Day. Ladies night at the bar. 
The episode, Lacey.

Vocabulary and Research...

๑  "Panama" by Van Halen off the album 1984
๑  "Love is Alive" by Gary Wright (1976) from the album Dream Weaver
๑  Patsy Cline
๑  "The Day That Never Comes" by Metallica from the album Death Magnetic
๑  Robin Hood (spelled Robyn Hode in older manuscripts) is an heroic outlaw in English folklore, a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Although not part of his original character, he has become known for "robbing from the rich and giving to the poor",assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his "Merry Men." Traditionally, Robin Hood and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes. He is usually portrayed as living in Sherwood Forest, in Nottinghamshire. Early ballads are also quite clear on Robin Hood's social status: he is a yeoman. As well as ballads, the legend was also transmitted by "Robin Hood games" or plays that were an important part of the late medieval and early modern May Day festivities. It is commonly stated as fact that Maid Marian and a jolly friar (at least partly identifiable with Friar Tuck) entered the legend through the May Games.
Charm- Charming: To charm is to use power or magic

 ✔ Golden LOST Thread Woven into the Tapestry of this Tale

✈ Reboot
✈ Arrow
✈ Eyes
✈ Bamboo. Island/Bamboo forest
✈ Line
✈ Torture
✈ Suffering
✈ Plant a seed, a garden
✈ Noble
✈ Tranquilize
✈ Darts
✈ Patsy Cline
✈ Tom Friendly tells Kate she's not his type
✈ Dark- Light couple -Rose and Bernard
✈ In He's Our You  12 year old Benjamin Linus brings prisoner Sayid a Chicken Salad Sandwich
and in The Long Con Gordy orders a chicken salad sandwich
✈ In the episode we find that The Package is Desmond. He is supposed to be a "failsafe."
✈ Desmond and Penny, and Sun and Jin found their way back to each other
✈ In Some Like it HOTH, Miles is given the task to deliver a dark package/corpse
✈ "The middle of nowhere" (or hint/implication of "nowhere"):