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Moment of Goodness

Three Moments of Goodness from Once Upon a Time “Quite a Common Fairy” 

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Three Moments of Goodness from the latest Once Upon a Time, “Quite a Common Fairy”:

Meeting Tinkerbell

We finally get to meet Tinkerbell!  Emma and her group are still unsuccessful in their search for Henry in Neverland, so Hook makes the suggestion that they seek out Tinkerbell.  But far from the incorrigible little sprite we all know and love from the stories, this Tink is big, bold, and bitter.  Surprise surprise, she had come in contact with none other than Regina back in the Enchanted Forest.  This is one of those things I love about this show.  In the Enchanted Forest life is black and white, with no shades of grey.  Good and Evil, right and wrong.  In the real world however, life is not so simple.  Actions have consequences, and Regina has been shown the fallout from her anger more clearly than most through the benefit of Henry’s eyes.

The Evil Queen is heartless

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

The big moment of goodness in this episode is when Regina pulls out her own heart and offers it to Tinkerbell, quite literally putting her life in the fairy’s hands.  The action is such a surprisingly selfless move on Regina’s part, one can almost believe there is hope for her to turn from her evil ways.  Perhaps what she feels for Henry truly is love after all.  The gesture is an offer to Tinkerbell to choose to accept a second chance and do the right thing, or to choose revenge and kill the Evil Queen.  No doubt we’ll find that the choice she makes to help the group will turn sour and cause her more pain, but in the meantime we can hope she is able to help them locate Henry.

I was thrilled to see Regina identify the source of Tinkerbell’s sleeping dust as poppies, no doubt a reference to the poppy fields from The Wizard of Oz.  Perhaps there is a trip to the Emerald City in store for our fairy tale heroes?

First star to the right, and straight on ‘til morning

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

 After using Robin Hood’s son to summon the Shadow, Neil takes a flying leap out the window to catch the Shadow’s foot before he flies away. The choice to leap without knowing if he can catch the shadow shows his total dedication to his quest to track down Henry and Emma. Perhaps there is hope for their little family after all.  Surely the son of the Dark One is meant to be with the daughter of love and light?

Bonus item of goodness: the Dark One’s castle in the Enchanted Forest

There was an interesting choice made with the art direction in this show, and it makes for a fun look on-screen.  They have made the rooms of the castle look like a still drawing or photograph and added the live action in after the fact, as though the characters are interacting with a flat page from their own fairly tale book.  It’s an unusual and unique choice and it really works to promote the idea that these characters were not meant to be seen in motion.

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

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