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  1. KingOfHearts

    S06.E17: Awake

    Did she get a, "Help us, Obi-Wan, you're our only hope" message from Blue? (I totally forgot Blue was captured.) I didn't even remember the wand piece Tiger Lily gave Hook. Come on, ScreenRant. Give your two readers what they want. I love how this episode had so many gotcha solutions for breaking the Sleeping Curse. Regina and Zelena tried a nameless magical solution, then it made things worse. Then Snow and Emma went for the flowers, but Gideon destroyed most of them. Then they tried to use the one he spared, and they used it for Hook instead. It just begs the question - is it possible to run out of magical MacGuffins and deus ex machinas in Storybrooke? It's like every time there's problem, they can just go down the list, whether it be the Black Fairy's wand, fate shears, magic gauntlets, or enchanted pendants.
  2. KingOfHearts

    OUAT vs. Other Fairy Tales: Compare & Contrast

    Disney+ somehow cancels its first show before the service has even launched "The Book of Enchantment", about the backstories of Disney villains, was apparently "darker" than executives expected. I guess they should've went for "bleak" instead.
  3. KingOfHearts

    S06.E17: Awake

    It was one of the rawest looks at A&E's intent for the show. Almost like a reveal of the show's true villain - the permaboner for Regina. What a plot twist.
  4. KingOfHearts

    S06.E17: Awake

    Sorry for the double post, it doesn't let me add text after the spoiler tag. This episode gives me eggnapping vibes. Again, Snowing has a secret they haven't told anybody in years when it probably could've had a major impact on scenes like Snow and Emma in Lost Girl, the ending to 3x11, or whenever Snow says "we gave you your best chance" or "we had no choice." BS, it turns out Snowing *did* have a choice. The only reason Snow giving up Emma in S1 made sense was because if they didn't, Emma could've died and they had no clue what the Curse would do. In this episode, they knew Regina and Rumple were powerless and that the Curse would just continue mundanely another 15 years. They were going to have fight Regina at some point anyway. And who was to say that Regina, as impulsive as she was, wouldn't just decide to kill someone for no reason some day? This is the woman who murdered people on their wedding day or cracked the neck of a jester she didn't like. With everyone cursed, they'd have no way of knowing she was a threat. All the citizens of Storybrooke were defenseless. Was letting Regina just do whatever she wanted for the next 15 years the smartest thing for Snow's people? I realize it was a difficult decision to make, but it just makes Snowing look more culpable for the pain Emma went through.
  5. KingOfHearts

    S06.E17: Awake

  6. KingOfHearts

    S06.E17: Awake

    A day early, but I'm finally back in the rewatch sort of! Before I go into what I hate about this episode... It still bothers me that Tiger Lily was in Neverland the whole time and was never mentioned. Apparently she knew Hook but he never thought to find her in 3A? She's just so random. Her kidnapping Hook just makes her "edgy" for no reason. How the heck did she knew about the Black Fairy being in Storybrooke? Lana Parrilla actually did a decent job of channeling Mayor Mills in the flashbacks. She still has the slightly restrained bitchiness down. It's always nice to see Cursed!Storybrooke again. Just going to say it - the flowers are dumb. Charming waking up from the Curse because of a random flower is dumb. Snow getting her memories back because of a True Love Handshake is dumb. This whole scenario is contrived as hell. You go back to S1, and you see how difficult it was for people to get their memories back. How hard Henry was trying to get John Doe and Mary Margaret to remember. But I guess all he needed a magic flower that apparently can grow in a Land Without Magic? It cheapens the Curse, imo. All that being said, it's cool to see Snow and Charming reacting to Storybrooke with their memories intact. It's always been fun on this show to play with cursed personalities and fish out of water situations. Granted this episode doesn't explore it too much, but it would've been cool to see an AU where S1 played out differently. It's funny to watch Snow explain the curse to David and how she's been Mary Margaret for years. Although, I don't know she could've remembered "every terrible minute" of the curse when in S1, everyone clearly had foggy memories of it. How the heck did the Evil Queen neglect to mention that she baked in a failsafe? Not to give her flack, but I don't see the point in redeeming the Evil Queen and getting information from her about the sleeping curse when it adds up to nothing. Again, the heroes do a good thing for someone and get nothing out of it. The information on the curse was meant to be proof that she wanted to change and wouldn't hurt anyone. Again, if Pixie Petals bloom where there's great evil, why didn't Regina or Rumple wake up in a whole bed of them every morning? LOL. "I practically invented Dark Magic", "I created the Dark Curse..." Yeah, those are both total retcons. The writers were trying to make more like a final villain with ties to the origins of the show, but it's really inaccurate. She doesn't fit the "ultimate Big Bad" title at all. How did the Black Fairy know that Snow and Charming would both be asleep by the end of the day? These villains are sure omniscient when the writers want them to be. It's cool they hid out in Zelena's farmhouse, but how did that exist before the Second Curse? Nobody lived there and it was abandoned. Rumple's prophecy bullshit strikes again. He's totally fine with delaying his reuniting with Bae by hundreds of years in order to keep his magic and do everything on his terms. Now he's claiming if Snow and Charming go find Emma, the Curse will never be broken and she won't fulfill her destiny. So which is it? Are events inevitable when they're prophesied, or can they be cancelled because of a person's actions? Rumple was doing whatever the hell he wanted to get to Bae, so why is he now worried (like everyone else) that if Emma finds a loving home, she won't break the Curse? He said himself in this episode that he had no idea where Emma was or how she'd come to Storybrooke to break the Curse. So how does he know that interfering will prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled? Also, in the very next scene, Emma says she has to fight in the Final Battle because it's her destiny and that there's "nothing [Snow] can do to change it". Her destiny to break the Curse was modifiable, but her destiny to fight in the Final Battle wasn't? Did the fairies not have any Pixie Dust? I don't get the logic behind choosing the town over Emma. It's not even under the pretense that Regina will start killing people if Snow or Charming leaves. The show essentially says if they go to be with Emma, the Curse will never break and everyone will be trapped forever. It's laughable when Snow says Regina is "right" because she's a hero who will never left someone suffer to get what she wants. Isn't that exactly what she's doing by leaving Emma alone? This is framed as a trolley problem. I still can't get it out of my head that if someone just killed Regina in her sleep, the Curse would be broken. But because "heroes don't kill", people were subject to decades of being cursed or worse. These characters are so manipulated by the needs of the plot it's not even funny. Charming's reaction to seeing Young Emma was heartbreaking. It's crazy to me how stone-cold Snow was in the same scene, like she didn't care and only wanted to service the "greater good". She cried a lot when she had to say goodbye to Charming but hardly winced at Emma. Of course, when Emma learned of what happened, she didn't react at all and there were no hard feelings. If Pixie Dust can be used to open a portal to someone your love, couldn't someone like Rumple use it? Couldn't they've used it in 3A to find Henry? I totally forgot Hook proposed to Emma a second time. Sure her parents are asleep eternally and Hook almost died two seconds ago, but let's stop and have a romantic moment. I don't know. The tension in the episode and the sense of urgency clashed with what Hook was trying to do. She didn't really have the freedom to say no. You're telling me Mayor Mills just let the incident slide and forgot about it? It's awfully convenient the whole town agreed to drink the Sleeping Curse. What about their families? This is the same Curse the Evil Queen made so that whoever kissed the victim would be given the same Sleeping Curse. "Sure, let's drink poison being handed to us by a former mass murdering psychopath who killed our loved ones. What could go wrong?" I don't think these characters have any sense of self-preservation. Regina: "You gave up your family for them." Snow: "And got a bigger one in return." The needs of the many outweigh the few, I guess? I have so many questions about this show's morality. Somehow Rumple knew Gideon spared one of the flowers? And at the end, we get a classic "Rumple stands around talking to the Big Bad in private and almost speaks in code in order to tease the upcoming conflict".
  7. KingOfHearts

    S06.E15: A Wondrous Place

    It's clear A&E have never seen a single episode of That's So Raven. The only interesting twist was...
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    S06.E15: A Wondrous Place

    It's almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since Rumple knew he would eventually be reunited with this son because of the Seer's prophecy, he could take as much time as he wanted. He knew Bae wouldn't be dead even after he escaped Neverland. He had complete control of the timeframe because it was an inevitable event. I guess Rumple would've had to see Henry in the future too, since "a boy will lead you to him" sounds a lot different from "I'll have Regina cast a curse that will last for 28 years".
  9. It's truly mindboggling because something like Snow White, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Captain Hook all sitting at a table at Granny's just talking should be interesting. There's enough intrigue in this show's premise that you shouldn't have to bend over backwards to make scenes engaging to watch. All too often the writers forget these characters are fairy tale characters and that most of them have dual personalities. How do you have all that going for you and just make everyone stand around talking about the immediate plot? These writers had all this rich literature handed to them on a silver platter, and they did their own things that nobody cared about. They could've just gone cookie-cutter and just adapted the source material they were given into live action with little change to the stories, and people still would've watched. But uh... Emma's gonna die! Rumple's rando mom is here!
  10. KingOfHearts

    S06.E16: Mother's Little Helper

    Could we've had her as the Wicked Witch instead? She brought the same kind of energy Rebecca Mader was going for, but even more. I love Rebecca Mader, I just wished she played a different character on the show. We rarely see Emma use her magic effectively on this show. Like, if you can poof anywhere or summon objects at any time, why are you walking all the time and making your own pancakes? It's also funny how Regina's fireballs have never been useful. Ever. (Yet that's her trademark.)
  11. How does getting run over by a train prove you're evil...?
  12. She poofed them away right before the train went through, so we have no idea how that works.
  13. KingOfHearts

    S06.E14: Page 23

    This head-canon makes sense, including the spoiler tagged one. I can see the Evil Queen and Wish Robin being soulmates in a "bold and audacious" sort of way. If Original Recipe Robin had been written to be more like him and less like a pureblooded hero, Outlaw Queen would've made more sense to me. Wish Robin didn't seem to care all that much about morals. It also helps that Marian and Roland didn't seem to be in the picture at all. (Was Wish Robin just never with Marian? I forgot.)
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    S06.E14: Page 23

    And did it ever really matter that they were soulmates? Did they ever even TLK? If they have some special connection because of pixie dust that other couples don't have, shouldn't that affect the plot a little more than just motivating Regina to date him? He ended up dying anyway, so what was the point? I get A&E wanting to give Regina a love interest. Like, fine. She's the other protagonist and Evil Regals were clamoring for it. What I don't understand is going through the trouble of making them Pixie Dust Soulmates™. It was unnecessary. At least when the other couples TLK'ed or True Love Tackled, their special connection affected the plot in some way. As common as True Love was, it had great significance to the plot. It had more meaning than just a relationship. Outlaw Queen was always about making Regina a martyr.
  15. Because every small town in Maine has a college, I guess? They should've just sent Henry to Hogwarts like they did with Gideon.
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