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Once Upon a Time Review: Magic Is My Crutch

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Happy day. Belle is back and oh, how I've missed her.

"The Crocodile" answered many questions I've had about some of my favorite Storybrooke characters and had me so enthralled that I didn't even realize I hadn't seen hide nor hair of Emma, Snow or Regina until the very end.

Captain Hook Debut

My practical side knows that the odds of Belle and Rumple lasting as a couple are slim at best, but the romantic in me never stops rooting for them. This episode gave me more hope than I've had in a long time.

But let's jump back to the fairy tale past. Rumplestiltskin may have been a coward but his wife was certainly no prize. She'd rather have a dead hero than a live husband and father for their son. 

Mila was a party girl looking for adventure and a quiet life with her husband and son wasn't enough. Rumple had every right to be angry. Not only did she leave but she made him go back to Bael and tell him his mother was dead. That had to be one of the worst moments of his life. So I understood wanting to rip her heart out... but actually doing it was taking it to the extreme.

No doubt that moment of rage will now send Hook on a vendetta to kill Belle and remove one of Rumple's more important body parts. As a fan of Rumple and Belle I dread the coming confrontation. As a fan of the show, I'm eager to see the showdown.

Back in present day Storybrooke, it was wonderful to see Belle stand up for herself. She's been held prisoner for decades. She's finally free and it's about time she found out who she is in this new world. I'm thrilled that she's found a new friend to help her find her way and introduce her to pancakes and the awesomeness of syrup.

Ruby's becoming a powerhouse character that I want to see more of. It's about time we found out how the "wolf thing" translates over to the new Storybrooke. I'm wondering if there's more to it than that killer sense of smell. I'm hoping we get an episode that delves deeper into that soon.

I was proud that Belle refused to go to either her father or Rumple, even when Rumple rescued her. She needs to stand on her own two feet and what other job could be more perfect for Belle than running the library?

There were several other scenes that made me smile. Rumple asking Charming for dating advice was wonderfully sweet and just a tad funny. Charming's answer was perfect, as he said in this Once Upon a Time quote

 There's a difference between literal truth and honesty of the heart. Nothing taught me that more than this curse. | permalink

And finally, Rumple took the lesson to heart when he came clean with Belle, telling her the abridged version of the truth, which I understood. Too many gory detail would definitely scare her off, but this was certainly a step in the right direction when he admitted…

 Magic has become a crutch that I can't walk without. | permalink

Can hope and love overcome evil and power? Again, the romantic in me hopes, while the skeptic in me braces for the worst. 

But with Cora showing off her sparkly dirt, it's only a matter of time before she and Hook land in Storybrooke. Will they bring Emma and Snow with them?

Hope, love, revenge, power. Once Upon a Time wraps it all up in a sparkly, magical bow and it's a package I simply can't wait to open every Sunday.

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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    ["Mila was a party girl looking for adventure and a quiet life with her husband and son wasn't enough. Rumple had every right to be angry. Not only did she leave but she made him go back to Bael and tell him his mother was dead. That had to be one of the worst moments of his life. So I understood wanting to rip her heart out... but actually doing it was taking it to the extreme."]

    Oh God! Rumpel killed Milah for rejecting him. He didn't kill her for leaving Bae . . . something for which she harbored guilt.

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    @ DeAnn: You have clearly never seen the full Monty or angelas ashes. He might not have the appearence for playing a "charming" but he´s without a doubt a tremendous actor.

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    I agree with KansasGuest, but I also think Rumple needs both Belle and Bae. Bae is one big reason why Rumple is addicted to power and Belle helps alleviate his wicked nature. Until Bae comes back, there'll be no closure/healing for Rumple and he won't have a complete reason to stop making evil choices.

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    Nah the magic bean could take them to any world! And Bael was sent to a world without magic, aka Earth. Rumple can't leave the town or he'll forget him.

    Bael, being Rumple's son, will most likely be somewhat evil--just as Emma had practically described her ex/Henry's father.

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    I'm thinking that Bael is going to be "Peter Pan" considering Rumple wanted the magic bean to travel to a different land, which in the end turned out to be Neverland with Hook going there. Just a thought though.

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    +1 for Rumple/Beats/Croco-tik-tok LOL

    Serenityq2

    another great episode. this is the only show that i love the villains as much as i love the heroes. there is so much dimension and facets to the personas of all the characters that no one is just plain black and white. there are shades of grey to everyone's moral compass and i love. the writers, casting director, director and actors for once upon a time really need to be commended for their awesome work. this episode shows why this has been my favorite show since airing:: its complex, fun, action packed, rich story telling, fantastic acting and great characters. until it comes i'm going to end all my rants the same: Peter Pan Peter Pan Peter Pan

    Didine34790

    Nothin on Game of Thorns ?

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    @Jennifer - There is a fair contingent on line that believes that Rumple's love for his son will be his redemption; not his feelings for Belle. I agree with them. He lost Bae long before he met Belle, and it is his son that continues to motivate his actions. IMO Bae is Rumple's truest love; not Belle. Just like Henry was Emma's.

    Also, Cora was *made* by Rumple. He introduced magic to her; not the other way around. One could argue that Rumple's power plays with magic have set up the entire conundrum in which the characters find themselves. I REALLY want to know the backstory between Rumple and Cora, and how Regina's sweet father ended up with someone like her.

    Queenbee94

    hook is sexy.




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