Fruit of the Poisonous Tree does a serviceable job giving Giancarlo
Esposito three character roles. Sidney Glass in the real world, and the
Genie and Magic Mirror in the Enchanted Forest. His performance is
beyond fantastic. His emotions and his motives for working with the
Evil Queen are superb and his line delivery is spot-on. The rest of the
acting is still good, the visuals are even more gorgeous, the music
continues to be atmospheric, and the pacing is very brisk.
However, I do have two problems. The script is very mediocre. The idea
of the Genie falling in love with another man's wife had some
potential, but it seemed a bit rushed. Also, the story didn't feel
developed enough. On the other hand, we do see Regina having some real
emotion and motivation to what made her the Evil Queen in the first
place which particularly with his relationship with Sidney Glass and it
Overall, Fruit of the Poisonous Tree is pretty flawed, but it's still a
good episode in the first season.
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