Once Upon a Time Review: Losing Faith

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Once Upon a Time took us on another wild ride in the "Heart of Darkness," as some characters found their faith and others were set adrift.

I loved the episode straight from the very first scene where Charming and Red were searching for Snow and were chased by the King's men. Red told him to go after Snow and she'd handle the group hunting them... but Charming needed to get a head start.

Angry and Charming

I wonder if he had any idea what she had planned when she looked up at the moon and took off her cloak. Red wasn't kidding around when she said she'd take care of them. Do you think there was anything left when she was done?

As we finally saw Snow, it was clear that Rumplestiltskin made a heck of a potion. The once sweet Snow White was almost psychotic as she tried to smash the bluebird flying around the house. Then she called Jiminy "the dirty cricket." He's lucky he got out alive.

The snarling Snow White even managed to tick off Happy and the dwarves' intervention didn't go well. Then she went from trying to kill the vermin in the cottage to taking out the Evil Queen. So, who was the evil one now?

There's a theme here that evil isn't born, it's made, but we still haven't found out what turned the Queen evil. Even though Snow tried to murder her it's not as though she knew about it, so I'm still wondering why she hates her with such passion.

Back in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret was arrested for Kathryn's murder. All the evidence pointed to her but the clincher for David was when Archie put him under hypnosis.

Somehow he saw memories from his fairy tale self and completely misinterpreted Snow threatening the Queen for Mary Margaret threatening Kathryn. Does everyone in Storybrooke need to hit Archie's couch to get a clue on their pasts?

I loved it when Mary Margaret pointed out that no matter how much evidence they piled against him, she still believed David - but now that the tables were turned, he'd lost faith in her. Ouch! That's got to hurt.

The longer the story goes on, the less I like David. Where Mary Margaret has retained most of her strength from Snow White, David appears to have become the opposite of Charming. He continually seems cowardly and disloyal. I know it's the curse but it's very disheartening.

Thankfully, Emma still believed in her mom... umm... make that Mary Margaret. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to get her to stick around. But who planted that key and where will Mary Margaret go since the curse won't allow her to leave Storybrooke?

August and Henry were a cute pair as they discussed the book. August said he was in town to convince people to believe, specifically Emma. It still begged the question: who is this guy and what's his agenda?

In the fairy tale world, Charming referred to Rumplestiltskin as the most powerful man in the world. Wow! What does that make Mr. Gold?

My romantic heart loved when Snow told Charming she would always find him as they were dragging him away but how many times will this couple be torn apart to have to find one another?

And did Rumple really bottle true love? He said if you can bottle true love, you can do anything? What's his plan and has it carried over to Storybrooke? Will it involve Belle or am I just a hopeless romantic?

Do you still have faith in the power of love on Once Upon a Time?


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and if it was henrys dad, emma would have recognized him instantly, so that theories a no go as well.....


Will people stop hoping that august is rumples son or henry grown up nor is he pinocchio. HE IS NOT FROM THE FAIRY TALE WORLD! If he was he would have been transferred to storybrooke right away and wouldn't have been able to leave like anyone else. Just everyone stop, its just not possible. When he had the book, when he was rebinding it, he was putting in missing pages - remember henry said something about a few pages missing a while back? He has some connection to the book.

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Some people are dead in one world but not the other...
Nope. Those who died in Fairy Tale world are dead in ours. Belle was never dead. Queen outright lied about that.
Charming was near-death as the curse hit, thus waking up in a coma in real world. Frankly from the cave-in in the mines,I began to wonder on if breaking curse would not mean essentially deconstructing "our" world for the fairy tale world to "emerge"? or maybe both worlds will merge into one or something. I doubt it will be as easy as "and they all get transported back'. With the writing cast like this, its never easy nor simple.


I just got the idea that maybe August is Rumplestiltskin son or Henry's dad or both. I was trying to figure out who he could be in the fairy tale world and if their is one person that Rumplestiltskin would maybe save from the curse it would be his son.
As for Rumplestiltskin I was thinking that the reason he wanted their hair was to make the curse they are now in and that is why Emma is the one who has to break it because she is also a creation of their love.
This show just keeps getting better!
I loved when Red turned wolf like that, so cool. After last week i was wanting to see more of her.
I know that is far from now but last week also got me thinking what will happen if the curse is broken will they all realize who they are or is the fairy tale world going to manifest itself. Some people are dead in one world but not the other...


We heard that Emma is kidnapped in the next episode but in the preview, I thought I also saw Mary Margaret bound and gagged. I don't think she escaped from her cell. I think she was taken against her will.


There is no way August is Henry. Could be Rumple's son but I actually think he is the author of the book. I really want to know who the Queen's true love was because she wanted her vengence even in genie episode. I really want to know what Rumple/Mr Gold is going to do with that bottle of True Love. He still has his possessions from FTL in his store so I bet he still has all his potions hidden somewhere. I really think Regina is the one framing MM..just some proof now please. Who gave MM that key anyway. It came from Regina's ring for sure though. Also agree with many love Charming, but David is letting me down a little.


The way Mr Gold works is to get Regina to think she has won and then pull the rug from under her. So I think he left the key for Snow so she would escape and when she is caught she will look guilty and then Regina will think she has won. And then Mr Gold will play his trump card. He knows he can't beat Regina by power alone otherwise he wouldnt be in Storybrook but he can outsmart her. Emma tries but can't outsmart Regina but she has this enormous hidden power. I am figuring it is only by teaming up that Emma and Mr Gold will combine his smarts and her power to beat Regina, something they can't do alone.


Y is everyone so hard on david? He died in neverland, that can traumatise anyone. As for the fact that he is weak and makes mistakes, no one has made more than emma. She lives with mm when did she come home covered in blood. dont declare someone dead till u have a body. The less said about trusting the mayors hentchman for vital info the better. Every character on the show is an example of the line from spaceballs, evil wins cause good is dumb. Still like all the characters cause they are good and likeable unlike so many other shows on tv these days. My theory still is that the queen took charmings heart after he was stabbed. That is why he is in storybrook and other dead characters are not. It also explains his behavior. That may have been his heart red found. Either way I still think katherine is in the queens dungeon/mental ward. Otherwise where is the body?


Sorry to be a downer but the story IS centered around Snow and Charming for a reason. The Evil Queen made the curse specifically to deal with Snow White's happiness, so I don't see the show changing its focus.


I love this show but am getting a little tired of how they are dragging the story of Snow White and Prince Charming out. This story line needs to wrap up so we can move on to all the others that are potential escapades. I think the acting is supurbbbbbb!

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