"I think Tamara may be Pocahontas if she were to be a fairytale character..." Nope, because Pocahontas has never been a fairytale character. She was a real person, along with John Smith and John Rolfe, and is actually buried in England. The creators have been quite adamant that only fictional characters need apply, and Poca is too "real" to bring her into OUAT. I think Tamara could be either Tiana ("The Princess and the Frog"), Tiger Lily (from Neverland), or Tinker Bell. The theory that she's related to the Cinderella's murdered fairy godmother is interesting. But, how would a human have connections to the Enchanted Forest? Then again, the whole "magic is not in this world" thing seems to be falling apart with each new episode.
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.
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.
Oh, for goodness' sake! Why does Alicia need to commit to anyone? Why can't she be like Diane, and be single when the election is done? I think the series title, "The Good Wife", subconsciously makes people pigeonhole Alicia into someone who *has* to make a choice between two men. The lady is an adult. If she doesn't want a committed relationship, and enjoys sex without strings, there is nothing wrong with that. Men do it all the time. Diane does it and no one debates about whether it's right or wrong, if she's "committed" or "in love", or describes her as a horny teenager.
Boy, a lot of discussion about Cora, Snow, goodness and the like. Another twist to ponder though...consider that while Cora does all her evil deeds minus her heart (because she doesn't want her emotions to influence her judgement), Regina & Rumple manipulate, scheme, curse, and kill *with* their hearts fully involved. If Regina was indeed her mother's daughter, I doubt making Cora feel love would result in happy endings all around town. Regina feels love for Henry. But, that hasn't influenced her enough to spread joy & sunshine around Storybrooke. Similarly, Mr. Gold & Belle. All you need is love...not. At least that's how it plays in OUAT. Maybe what they all need is love and forgiveness, received and extended.
Not being a reader of the comics, I'm wondering why the reviewer didn't note the parallel between Malcolm's Dark Archer character and Oliver's Vigilante. They both were spurred to reinvent themselves after the death of a loved one, and "clean up" Starling City upon their return. In Malcolm's case, it was a self-imposed sabbatical of several years that left him estranged from Tommy. In Oliver's case, it was an accident, completely unintentional, and the only way he learned to survive. Yet, now they find themselves on opposite sides. I don't remember the name of the place where Malcolm went. Was it someplace in the Himalayan mountains? But, it's interesting that in Malcolm, we may be looking at Oliver's future - someone who started with good intentions, then went astray for some reason. Will they ever join forces?
The one thing that bothered me about this episode was where the heck did Cora get her gorgeous red gown to go to that ball? That was out of left field. Rumple? Fairy godmother?
@Amanda - Belle & Gold kissed several times this season when she HAD her memories. She was even shown to be living with him at his home before they became estranged, again, and she took over the library.
@San - Actually TLK (True Love's Kiss) has worked twice in Storybrooke. Once in Season 1, between Emma & Henry. Second, in Season 2 after magic returned, between MM & David to bring him out of the dream state he was put under to find MM & Snow in the Enchanted Forest. So, it works in Storybrooke. But, apparently the TLK cylinders aren't firing between Belle & Mr. Gold to change his Dark One status. You know, Regina could have been *wrong.*
@Ace - Still don't believe being the Dark One is a curse that can be lifted. Belle & Mr. Gold kissed in the library several times since magic returned to Storybrooke, and before she lost her memory for the second time. Yet, he still has his powers.
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