Continuing on with the theme of tarnished heroes and varnished villains, this week we peek deeper into the shadowy corners of Camelot. We knew from the start that King Arthur wasnâ€™t all he claimed to be, but little did we realize how low he would stoop to protect his dream. Far from the wise king of legend, this guy is a greedy, grasping weasel of a man trying to prove that the village bullies were wrong about him. And Merlin, the one intended to shepherd Arthur through his difficult childhood, only had one tiny prophesy to share, and an incomplete one at that. The one good thing Arthur has going for him is Guinevere, and yet he manages to completely alienate her. Why is this guy still the king? The people of Camelot sure do put a lot of faith in a sword that they havenâ€™t even really seen. Those village bullies Arthur grew up with should be out front of the castle saying â€œyouâ€™re not the boss of me,â€ or the medieval equivalent of that sentiment. Then again, we saw Kay get smoked by the sword in the season premiere, so I suppose his bully buddies are a bit more humble now.
Itâ€™s not often that the words â€œfix thisâ€ carry such a dark meaning. If only Guinevere had known that making a deal with the Dark One meant her becoming a slave to magic. Sadly, it also appears to mean that Snow and Charming are now slaves to magic as well. True Loveâ€™s Kiss will have a heck of a time with this one. Hopefully Regina will figure out that something is amiss and save the day. Sheâ€™s getting better at that, after all.
Henry and Violet are just as cute as always, which naturally means that something bad is in store for them. Canâ€™t wait to find out what. But seeing them together inspires Hook to show Emma a good time, and thatâ€™s always a good thing, right? Give the girl a fast ride and a pretty flower, and all lifeâ€™s problems are solved. If only it were true. Itâ€™s interesting that theyâ€™ve made Emmaâ€™s hair reflect her state of mind. As the Dark One the hair is severe and frosty, and in her confused state itâ€™s limp and dull. However, after her ride with Hook, it nearly glows. Hook has his work cut out for him for the rest of the season; be Emmaâ€™s glow guy.
So hereâ€™s the question: What happens when Excalibur is repaired? If we can rely on the legend holding true in the show, then Excalibur is the symbol of truth and goodness. That the tip is attached to the Dark One begs the question of how it was broken in the first place, and if the very act of breaking it created the Dark One. Would reuniting the two halves of the sword return it to its original state as a symbol of goodness, or will it always retain the taint of evil in the steel? Merlin told young Emma not to pull it from the stone, and that would indicate that it has the potential for great evil. And yet, if by repairing the two halves it could be made to reabsorb the magic that created the Dark One, then all would be well in the world. This is a rabbit hole with many ways to get lost, so I suppose we will have to wait and see what clues are waiting to be revealed.
Moment of Goodness: The Realization
Petals from her favorite flowers are thrown in Guinevereâ€™s honor on her birthday. Thinking theyâ€™re from Arthur, she expresses true joy. But then the realization hits. That single moment seems to encapsulate her entire life with Arthur; always the promise of joy, but never the reality.
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.
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