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Once Upon a Time Review: The Blackened Heart

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According to Regina, a blackened heart will only get worse as it begins to destroy itself from the inside out. I suppose she would know.

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"Welcome to Storybrooke" was one of the odder episodes in the series, as all the characters were in a dark place and no one seemed to know what came next. I wasn't crazy about the time jumps, yet they did give us a glimpse of what the first days in Storybrooke were like at the beginning of the curse.

Storybrooke past… Regina's first weeks in Storybrooke weren't exactly what she expected. She was looking for her own happy ending but when every man and woman in the town acquiesced to her wishes, she found it very unsatisfying. 

Although I wasn't a fan of the Groundhog's Day aspect of the story, it did offer some very entertaining moments, such as Ruby and Granny's argument outside of the diner. Remember back in Once Upon a Time Season 1 when Ruby wore those incredibly tight, skimpy outfits?  

Granny's Once Upon a Time quote was perfect when she told Ruby…

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Granny always did have the sharpest tongue in Storybrooke.

Then there was the reappearance of the much mourned Sheriff Graham. It's always great to see a handsome man back in town, even if we had to go back in time to get it. 

But what the heck was up with Regina talking to his heart? Are those things like glowing walkie talkies?

Owen was great when Regina told him he was sitting in her seat. He looked at her as though she had lost her mind. Somebody had definitely been a queen for far too long if she was bullying a little kid for a chair.  

It had been so long since anyone had given Regina a gift without expecting anything in return that the gesture when straight to her heart. Unfortunately, hers was so twisted by loneliness that her reaction was to imprison the boy's father in order to keep Owen in Storybrooke.

My question was: after she let Owen go, why didn't Regina let the father go too? If they couldn't find Storybrooke again once they left, what was the point of holding him?

Storybrooke's present…  I would have thought that Cora's death would make things better in Storybrooke. If anything, I believe they've gotten worse.

Regina was obsessed with vengeance and Mary Margaret was consumed with guilt and, as usual, poor Henry got caught in the middle. 

I did love it when Emma looked at Neal as though he were an idiot when he completely missed that Henry was making a run for it. At least the kid gets it honestly. The ability to run must be in his genes.

Henry had a good plan. He just couldn't execute it quickly enough. And how sad was it that he had to convince Regina that an empty heart spell would never lead to true happiness?

Later, Mary Margaret looked so desolate as she showed up on Regina's doorstep. She just wanted it all to be over but Regina wasn't about to make it that easy. Just when I thought she was going to lock Mary Margaret's heart away, she saw the black mark in the center.

Has she truly become Mary Margaret now? Can we call her Snow White if she's no longer pure as snow? And will the blackness continue to take over her heart?

Just when I was wondering why the heck Greg was even still in town, I figured it out.  And then the big reveal confirmed my suspicions. Greg was Owen, still searching for his father, decades later.

Is Kurt still alive? Will Mary Margaret's dark side destroy her own family? Will Rumple choose sides are continue to play both ends? What was your take on this unique Once Upon a Time?

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PART II (from below)...But, it's the adults around him who are responsible for making him feel safe. It's not his job to understand nuance. It's their job to teach him, and they are all quite ill-equipped to do so. Rumple, Snow, Emma, and Regina are all so emotionally stunted, they are not much more than children themselves in that area. Charming, Neal and August may be more mature and could help Henry in this area. But, unfortunately, it's the moms/grandmothers who are facing off and wallowing in the drama instead of making Henry feel safe.

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Many of the comments about Henry seem to lack a certain, shall we say, parental understanding. If all of them are from people who don't have kids, that's understandable. I have children. Henry is acting like a typical 10-year-old/5th grade kid. So, you people have quite a road ahead if you don't have children yet. Children younger than Henry are very savvy, smart and challenge authority because that's what they are SUPPOSED TO DO. It's called getting ready to leave the nest. Of course, what is never pointed out on OUAT (and should be), and in reviews, is what LOUSY PARENTS most of the adult characters are because they didn't have good role models themselves. They grew up in a world where blended families really didn't exist. So, it's an either/or proposition about who Henry will live with. It could be both. But, not for them because that's their only experience. Henry is frustrated. But, it's the adults around him who are responsible for making him feel safe. It's not his job to understand nuance. It's their job to teach him, and they are all ill-equipped to do so.

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Once Upon a Time is such a good show. I was so surprised at the identity of the mystery guy in town, the twists in ouat are just amazing. Really, I had no idea where the story was going. I'm looking forward to the next episode. I agree with what people are saying about Henry. He is CONSTANTLY chastising everyone for not doing things the 'right way' when it's perfectly acceptable for him to emotionally manipulate Regina when he feels appropriate. I hope the writers will address this behavior in some way. I can sort of understand why her responsibility in Cora's death has affected her so much, she IS snow white after all. Remember what her mother said? That she'll always be with snow if she keeps darkness out of her heart, or something like that. I wonder how that's going to affect her now she's seen the black spot in there.

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Marisa1983
@Kate, imo Rumple always had his memories (HE created the curse, remember?) and was pretending to not remember. That way he could continue to manipulate Regina without her suspecting anything. Rumple always had an agenda.
It was confirmed that Rumple got his memories back when he first met Emma. So he had an agenda before the curse (memorizing the name again and again by writing it down in his cell) and after Emma came (the use of the word please, bringing magic back and everything else we saw in Season 1). This, of course, lets me wonder HOW AND WHY a cursed Mr. Gold was able to bring Henry - of all children who were given up for adoption - to Storybrooke?

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It seemed like they all had collective amnesia about how bad Cora was when Regina needed to be reminded of some pertinent home truths. Yet when Snow retaliates to protect her family, suddenly Snow has a black spot in her heart? WTF? David has been pretty gung ho about protecting his family - is it okay because he's a guy? I want to see some more badass Emma too - she's not all hearts and flowers like Snow. She gets that you have to do hard things to protect your family from the kind of evil that exists in their world. Henry IS an annoying child. I wish everyone wouldn't fuss over him so much and treat him with kid gloves. He's so sanctimonious! I noticed him calling Regina his 'mother' too - something he seems to turn on and off as it suits him. He's growing into rather a manipulative piece of work all round. Maybe he's more like Regina than anyone wants to think!

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I liked the idea of this episode. I loved Owen (great little child actor) but guessed very early on who he really was. It made no sense that Regina kept his dad - why? As if the poor boy hadn't been through enough! It also felt like total retconning of his arrival in Storybrooke. One thing - if life in Storybrooke was so Groundhog Day, then how did Henry grow up? If Regina brought him up from when he was a baby then he could easily have said to Emma, when she first arrived, that nobody else aged, that every day was the same, and he was the only one who moved up through school each year and the only kid actually growing! As it was, he seemed kooky because he kept going on about story book characters instead of giving her some genuine information to go on. I found Snow's huge remorse irritating. Cora killed Snow's mother and Regina knew that and couldn't have cared less. Why didn't Snow or anyone else point out that fact to Regina? It seemed like they all had collective amnesia about how bad Cora was when Regina needed to be reminded of some pertinent home truths. Yet when Snow retaliates to protect her family, suddenly Snow has a black spot in her heart? WTF? David has been pretty gung ho about protecting his family - is it okay because he's a guy? I want to see some more badass Emma too - she's not all hearts and flowers like Snow. She gets that you have to do hard things to protect your family from the kind of evil that exists in their world. Henry IS an annoying child. I wish everyone wouldn't fuss over him so much and treat him with kid gloves. He's so sanctimonious! I noticed him calling Regina his 'mother' too - something he seems to turn on and off as it suits him. He's growing into rather a manipulative piece of work all round. Maybe he's more like Regina than anyone wants to think!

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As for Snow: what happened to our badass girl? Seriously, it was either kill Cora or let her be the Dark One. She was brave and saved her family from being murdered by Cora, which was going to happen no matter what. Have people forgotten that?

The thing is - its not about Cora being killed. Its about HOW AND WHY Snow did it that is eating her up - Snow did it for revenge, out of revenge(she was shown not caring whether Rumple lives or dies so its not killing to save Rumple too), and in most likely darkest way possible.

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someone's after magic and her name is tamara but why? who is she? by staying in storybrooke for prolonged periods of time make kurt a victim of the spell and therefore not age or is he an even older man then he was 30 years ago. he could have died of old age honestly if regina didnt...get rid of him.
great way to keep us guessing with the name changes. so it wasnt an accident that greg ended up in storybrooke it just took him a while. cant wait to see his connection to tamara and yeah! pinnochio is back (finally, really once writers give the man his due).

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I find "poor Henry" the most annying child on televison/movie whatever in a long time! I woudn't shed a tear if he just should happen to really be in the middle of something and don't get out^^...really his self righteous attitute is driving me nuts! And every adult is like walking on eggshels around him and constantly trying to justify themselves. I'm really a supporter of treating children with respect and love but this is just so not cute anymore.

Marisa1983

@Kate, imo Rumple always had his memories (HE created the curse, remember?) and was pretending to not remember. That way he could continue to manipulate Regina without her suspecting anything. Rumple always had an agenda.

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