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Once Upon a Time – 4.12 “Darkness on the Edge of Town” Review

Our (or at least my) favorite fairy-tale characters from Once Upon a Time were back last night and oh my how I missed them.

The Enchanted Forest

Rumplestiltskin calls together the Queens of Darkness, telling them he can help them get their happy ending because he knows what each of them want. He tells them that he requires their distinct skills (ability to pursued animals, dragon breath and tentacles) to get his hands on the Dark Curse, which is hidden in a mountain. Of course you should never trust the Dark One and he leaves trapping them with the Chernabog. The three do manage to escape the hell beast though.

Some Thoughts

  • I loved the way the show tied the Queens of Darkness into the past storyline with the curse. I’ll be interested to see how the curse ends up with Regina to go to Maleficent again in the past.
  • I’m also excited for Maleficent and Cruella’s back-story (I like Ursula too but Cruella is FANTASTIC).
  • I was surprised that Maleficent had the potential for the darkest heart among them. When we met her before she seemed pretty at ease with her unicorn but then again its ‘potential’ for darkness not actually the darkest.
  • Who made the ‘Dark Curse’ and hid it in that mountain?
  • How did the Chernabog end up in the hat? Is the sorcerer involved in the creation of the curse? Maybe this is really his chessboard after all and Rumple just thinks it’s his. Also did the Sorcerer do something to the author?

New York

It seems that Rumple has been bunking with Ursula since getting her to join his cause  and once he gets an email it’s time to get his plan into action. They head out to find Cruella to get her to join them and arrive just as the FBI finished raiding her home. She’s easy to convince and they make their way to Storybrooke (after stopping for some cluck-cluck’s and Mr Cluck’s). They arrive at the town line, which is still concealed and Ursula makes a call to Regina pretending that she ran into Rumple and stole his phone, asking to be let in to the town. In return for letting them enter, the duo helps our heroes with their own problem.

  • Cruella’s sass in my favorite new thing about the show. She really shone, I love her line about making questionable choices and blaming gin.

Storybrooke

Back to Storybrooke where things have seemed to have been peaceful in the past six weeks since Rumple was banished.

Snow is teaching again and Regina is again the mayor (bye-bye bluebird picture) and Granny is babysitting baby Neal.  Emma and Hook are in a relationship, cute routines of walking each other to work and with coffee included. Emma, Henry and Regina seem fruitless of hope at finding out anything about the author but Emma is surprisingly optimistic that things will work out. It also seems that Hook and Belle have forged a new friendship of sorts as they have been working together to find a way to release the fairies from the Sorcerer’s hat. They finally catch a break when one of Belle’s sources translates an incantation for them that will allow only the fairies to be released (Apprentice be damned). The ritual is a success and releases some seriously distraught fairies and also the Chernabog.

While scrambling to find a solution to the hell beast, Regina receives a phone call from Ursula and Cruella (as I noted above). Ursula tells her that the creature only preys on the person with the heart with the greatest potential for darkness. Regina believes that she and Emma need to lead the Chernabog towards the town line and push the creature over it since magic doesn’t exist out there.

The Charmings try to convince Emma and Regina not to let the new lurking duo into town, but Regina states they weren’t as bad as her and if she deserves a second chance – they do as well. Cruella and Ursula are allowed into town with the help of the Apprentice’s scroll that Ingrid had used to also enter Storybrooke. Later when the Charmings were supposed to be at the dinner with Emma, Hook and Henry celebrating, we see them meeting with Ursula and Cruella, with the promise to rip out their hearts if they tell anyone what happened in the Enchanted Forest.

Ursula and Cruella return to the town line and with Rumple now in tow the next step is resurrecting Maleficent.

Looking Forward/Final Thoughts

  • I’m curious what the Charmings did in the past and worried! Obviously they are good people at their core but wouldn’t something really dark have made them have dark spots on their hearts already?
  • The Queens of Darkness seemed surprised that it was Emma they need to worry about. So does the Charmings secret not involve her in that regard?
  • Rumple won’t you ever learn?

I really enjoyed the episode and of course there were things I liked better than others (and we all know I can never get enough Emma scenes and I’m in love with Cruella).  I think it did a nice job setting up the next arc and I’m curious to see how it will all play out in the end.  And as far as Emma going dark, I’m okay with her struggling a little (I think it will deepen her character even more) but if we’ve been told anything on this show is that evil isn’t born it’s made and I like that even with her tragic back-story she’s also had that ‘she decides who she is motto’ and that she tries to do the right thing. We’ve seen all the big villains and powerful people (Cora, Rumple, Regina, Zelena, etc) go down the evil path when tempted and even Archie and Snow have made bad choices, it would be nice to have one powerful person be tempted by the dark side and say no that’s not who I want to be.

‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ was directed by Jon Amiel and written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

 

 

Our (or at least my) favorite fairy-tale characters from Once Upon a Time were back last night and oh my how I missed them. The Enchanted Forest Rumplestiltskin calls together the Queens of Darkness, telling them he can help them get their happy ending because he knows what each of them want. He tells them that …

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