Once Upon a Time: Season 3, Episode 19

A Curious Thing (27 Apr. 2014)

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Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook doesn't kiss Emma and take her magic away. Back in the fairy tale land that was during the past year, the curse to send everyone back to Storybrooke is cast from an unlikely source.

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Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook--whose lips have been cursed by the Wicked Witch--doesn't proceed with kissing Emma, which will drain all of her magical powers away, and things begin to heat up between Regina and Robin Hood. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Snow and Charming go in search of Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, to see if she can help them defeat Zelena, and the curse that will ultimately send the Fairy Tale characters back to Storybrooke is cast--but from an unlikely source. Written by Anonymous

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Once Upon a Time reveals what happened in the lost year, and gives the characters all the information they need to stop Zelena.
3 May 2014 | by (http://www.amari-sali.blogspot.com/) – See all my reviews

Seemingly, in one episode, Zelena has already been setup to fail. Which, in many ways, is quite sad. For while her rise was a little shaky, undoubtedly she is the 2nd best villain of the series. However, with our heroes having their memories return, much less Emma taking Zelena on and besting her, it seems the beginning of the end is nigh.

Topic 1: History Repeats Itself (Snow)

In the episode, most of the important pieces happen in the past, but as we watch Snow threat about a witch trying to sabotage her before birth, déjà vu comes over the cast. Of course now Regina is on the side of the heroes, but nonetheless it seems every time Snow is pregnant, the world pays for the child's birth.

Luckily though, this time Zelena is Snow's foe and while she maybe more powerful than Regina, much less have Rumple on her side, she still has weaknesses. One of which is Glenda, who makes a brief appearance. So brief in fact that besides presenting the fact Zelena's powers are very much connected to that emerald jewel around her neck, not much else is uncovered about Glenda. We don't fully get to know her relationship with Zelena, nor fully understand why she is banished, much less what world she is in considering Regina's reversal of the curse seemed to close all portals.

Either way though, by Snow discovering Zelena's one weakness, her necklace, of which Emma could only take, there becomes a question of how to get back to Emma's realm. Which, as noted, is rather difficult for Regina made a wall between realms when she reversed the curse. Making it so that no magic bean, magic hat, or anything similar could work. Instead, the curse had to be renewed. Yes, you got it folks, Zelena didn't sacrifice anyone at all. In fact it was Snow. She sacrifices Charming's heart to reenact the curse, and Zelena flies in quick enough to put a spice to it where everyone forgets their return to the Enchanted Forest.

Perhaps leaving you to wonder how is Charming alive? Well, Snow decided to split her heart between herself and Charming, and that is what keeps Charming alive. And too bad this idea never came to mind for Rumple or Neal, otherwise they both would be alive now. But, I guess the show wants to be highly selective of who they create new rules and circumstances for. Either way, Regina splits their hearts and Charming comes to life, but I do wonder if half a heart is strong enough for Snow to give birth? Or will that not even be an issue?

Topic 2: Memories – A Gift & A Curse (Hook)

But, while we get to see what memories our heroes lost in the Enchanted Forest, the present day versions of themselves finally remember how the last memory spell was broken: Henry. So, despite Emma not wanting him to remember the madness of Storybrooke, they are forced to try to find that book Henry used to bring with him everywhere. During this venture, a lot of shots are taken at Regina. Most of which deal with her past relationship with Henry which, despite her and Robin starting something new, doesn't replace the love she feels for Henry. Making every mention of how she wasn't Emma, or something else dealing with her personal failings as a mother, like her heart getting squeezed.

Naturally though, as the heroes look to break the curse, Zelena pushes Hook to try to kiss Emma and rid her of her magic. Something which he tries to avoid by sending Henry off with Mr. Schmee back to New York, to be with who though isn't noted. But, before this can be done, Zelena's flying monkeys come in, but with Emma and company en tow, with Henry's book. Then, moments away from undoing Zelena's part of the curse, she appears and seems ready to choke the life out of Henry, which admittedly I kind of wished would have happened since this show needs a permanent death or two. But, being that this isn't Scandal nor Game of Thrones, Henry doesn't end up dying. In fact, Emma uses her powers to burn Zelena and free Henry.

Then comes the interesting part: in a sort of retribution for all the Charmings had said over the episode, it is Regina's kiss to Henry which breaks the spell and we get to witness her and Henry bond all over again, making it seem that she now almost has it all. She has her second chance at love with Robin Hood, her second chance to be a loving mother toward Henry, and now all she needs is her heart. Something which poor Hook may not get much use of anymore.

You see, Zelena reveals how Hook failed her, and with this the Charming family gets immediately suspicious. In fact, Prince Charming is the first one to really stab Hook in the back by bringing up the whole question of who contacted him to get Emma? Said answer: Neal. For, after Zelena put her twist on Snow's version of the curse, she drank one bottle so she can keep her memories, and gave another to Rumple. Who was going to take it himself until Neal ripped himself from Rumple and sent that bottle to Hook. Leading him to believe the Charmings sent the bottle, when in truth it was Neal doing the one thing he knew could save his extended family. Making the fact that the all-knowing Rumple didn't speak on splitting Neal's heart when he was revived the ever more heartbreaking. No pun intended.


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