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Once Upon a Time “The Price”

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

You can’t escape your past, and Regina has a lot of history behind her.

This week we learn that her history includes the destruction of Percival’s home village. It strikes me as odd though, that Percival would resort to trickery and magic to get his revenge.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

As a knight of the round table who is supposed to be defined by valor and heroism, this act seems out of place for him. And so much for him helping to find the Holy Grail, I guess his brother knights are on their own for that one now that he got himself killed. There must be more to this story. After all, someone must have enchanted the pendant for him. No doubt there is another unpleasant person working in the shadows to upset the plans to find Merlin. History suggests that person should be Morgana Le Fay, but with the way these stories get twisted and intertwined, there’s no telling who might end up being responsible; even Merlin himself is a suspect!

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Although present-day Emma presents a big problem for the town, it’s nice to see her back in Camelot getting to enjoy her first real ball with her mom. Sure, they’ve been together at a ball before, but this time it’s Princess Emma, not Leia. It’s also nice to see Regina show her insecurity rather than throwing some fiery tantrum to cover it up. She really has come a long way. Too bad these simple moments can’t last. I’m sure that ultimately the story will come together to explain the details about Merlin, and more importantly about Excalibur, but at the moment it feels like a kid flipping through the fairy-tale book just looking at the pictures. This week we get beautiful pictures of living the high life in Camelot, but there are six weeks of missing time for all sorts of terrible things to happen.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Grief does strange things to people. Regina should have recognized the need for the sacrifice required to bring Robin back to health. She of all people should know the price of magic. Then again, Emma didn’t make the demand, so perhaps she is ultimately responsible. Either way, Regina is screwed when the Fury comes to take Robin from her. On the other hand, she is becoming more and more willing to sacrifice herself to save others. There was a time not so long ago that it would have been unthinkable to her. She continues to grow in this new role of imperfect hero, I’m curious to see how it will turn out at season’s end.

Moment of Goodness: Young love

How sweet to see Henry take that first step into love! Not only once, but twice we get to see him man up and impress the girl. Apparently he has grown more confident now that he’s discovered his destiny as the new Author. Sure he threw that gift away, but surely destiny has a way of bypassing that little hiccup. Oh, and it’s good to know that he figured out early that the way to a woman’s heart is through a romantic ballad, not through the liver as his mom says. Things would have turned out a whole lot different if he had tried THAT tack.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

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One Comment

  1. In Arthurian stories, Vivien aka Nimue put Merlin in the tree. Vivien, Violet. Hmmm.

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