Once Upon A Time is usually pretty crazy with its femslash subtext, but this episode was ridiculous. I could do a whole other post about the Swanqueen subtext, Tinkerbell (Rose McIver) seemed like a former fling of Regina’s (Lana Parrilla) and the show outed Mulan (Jamie Chung)! I will try to be happy about that fact and stop dwelling on the show making Sleeping Warrior, my favorite ship, canon just to destroy it.
Well, that took long enough.
Anyway, we meet up with the gang in Neverland trying to follow Pan’s (Robbie Kay) map but his camp keeps moving. Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) says he knows someone who might be able to help them, a fairy named Tinkerbell. Emma almost laughs and I’m glad the show keeps poking fun at itself. Henry (Jared Gilmore) also told Pan not liking apples runs in his family. Regina is not cool with the gang getting Tinkerbell’s help and that sends us into the flashback story line.
I think we’re lost.
In the Enchanted Forest in the past, Regina is having dinner and eating swan. Even Rumple (Robert Carlyle) had to laugh at that subtext joke. I think this is supposed to be shortly after “The Doctor” but before Regina goes full evil. She hasn’t been showing up to training and says she isn’t sure if she wants to end up like Rumple. After dinner, she goes to her room and falls off her balcony. But, Tinkerbell uses pixie dust, which is stronger than Fairy Dust, and saves her. Tink tells her it is her second chance to be happy.
Tinkerbell tells her she can find happiness and love again. Tinkerbell agrees to help and gets herself in all types of trouble doing so. She gets the Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy) mad at her in the Fairy headquarters, which is in a Georgia O’Keefe painting. But, Tinkerbell still steals pixie dust to save Regina.
The award for closest to original character goes to Tinkerbell.
Back in Neverland, the gang is looking for Tinkerbell, who is tailing them. Regina then asks Emma to do magic with her. Dear god, I love this episode. Anytime two members of the group split off and started talking to each other, the sexual tension was insane. I’m even shipping Hooking a little. Regina tells Emma they might be able to save Henry together. But, Emma gets cock blocked by Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and they decide to stick with the plan. Hook tells Charming (Josh Dallas) that he needs to tell Snow about his idiot wound because he might be dead in days.
Regina, I can’t make magic with you right now. My parents are 10 feet away.
In the present day Enchanted Forest, Neal (Michael Raymond-James), Mulan and Robin Hood (Dean McGuire) make a plan to get to Neverland. Neal wants to use Robin’s son to call the shadow. It works and Neal gets taken after going on about how much he loves Emma and tells Mulan again that you can’t wait forever to tell someone you love them.
In the past Enchanted Forest, Tinkerbell leads Regina to her soul mate, a man with a lion tattoo. But, Regina can’t go inside the tavern to meet him. Blue gets pissed on Tinkerbell and takes her wings and magic. Well that was mean, Blue.
Regina decided to stay behind in Neverland because she didn’t want to see Tinkerbell but she ends up finding her anyway. Regina apologizes to Tinkerbell while having another death wish moment. She talks out her own heart and dares Tink to crush it. She confesses that hate was all she had and who would happy her be? She tells Tinkerbell hope is better than revenge and she can’t make the same choice she did.
Tinkerbell agrees to help only after Snow and Charming promise her a place in Storybrooke. Charming can’t tell Snow he is going to die after she talks about how he is her home. And Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin just got engaged in real life. They are disgustingly cute.
Now to the part that had me squealing and then yelling at my laptop. Mulan leaves Robin Hood and goes to confess her love to Aurora (Sarah Bolger). She is about to tell her but Aurora says she has news too and tells her she and Phillip are going to have a baby. Mulan then doesn’t tell her and says she is going to join Robin Hood and his men. OUAT made Sleeping Warrior canon just to crush our hearts. This is way I have a love/hate relationship with this show.
First canon gay story line: heartbreak.
I’m pissed about what happened with Sleeping Warrior but the show does finally have a LGBT character. And Robin Hood is the man with the lion tattoo, so hopefully these two will be back soon. Mulan was already one of my favorite characters and even more now, so I don’t want to have to wait half a season to see her again. Tinkerbell is super cool and I like the dynamic she has going on with Regina. Regina and Emma also seem to be getting along together better. Maybe they actually will save Henry, but he does seem to be buying into Pan’s theory that he has to stay and help bring magic back into the world.
Not even Henry is totally on board with saving Henry.
I have been tying to think of a way to introduce this into my blog. I have not cared if it was settled or not. But, most constant readers have probably guessed from my liking of Aurora and Mulan from Once Upon A Time to hoping Missandei was aged up so Dany from Game of Thrones could still become bicurious on a boat sailing between cities she conquers, I am into women. I was going to make this a loud and proud exploit of my favorite lesbian couples, but I decided against that. Not really for any particular reason, I just thought doing something different would be fun. Ally characters in television and film are usually even more under-represented than gay or lesbian ones. And though I like seeing characters like Naomi and Emily, but seeing a straight friend willing to support them–and not trying to sleep with them — is almost more heart warming sometimes.
Sidenote: Sorry if you disagree with me. I have not seen every lesbian television show (but the girls of afterellen.com have), but for perspective I am really into Xena: Warrior Princess and Lost Girl right now, I’m not the biggest fan of The L Word and Emily Fitch is at the top of my best lesbian character list.
I always liked Effy, but ever since she had that conversation with Naomi while waiting in line to get into a club in season three of Skins, I loved her. Effy is one of the best Skins characters in my opinion. She has the high school popular girl vibe but it is so more complicated than that. She is also everything you never excepted. She befriends every member of the second generation from Katie to JJ to Naomi. Nobody even had to tell her about Naomily. She know from the moment she first saw them together and she never cared. And she is good enough friends with them to be roomies in Skins: Fire. I’ll try to contain my excitement.
Autolycus totally found out that his friends were gay (I’m all for the subtext in this show) and together in the most awkward way possible. While Xena was in the underworld, she used his body to finally kiss Gabrielle. Though it was Xena in that dreams cape, it was the unsuspecting Autolycus in the real world kissing the young — and at that time straight — Gabby. Though his slip up of keeping his hand on Gabby’s butt a lit too long was seen as a blunder, his causally response of “Did you guys sort some things out?” was perfect. Time period aside, if it was ancient Greece or 1996 his reaction to the start of their relationship –based on my view of the subtext– and afterwards was perfect.
Though most of her time is spent being the comic-relief, sidekick (who told us she was straight in the pilot to avoid becoming gothic, Canadian Garibelle), Kenzi plays into the perfect ally vibe of Syfy/Showcase’s Lost Girl. The show does not treat Bo and Lauren any differently than they treat Bo and Dyson. Kenzi is the same. It might have seemed like a fine line to have the best friend be a self-proclaimed members of Team Dyson/the male love interest, while disliking the Team Lauren/same-sex love interest. But, Kenzi had her reasons for liking Dyson and not liking Lauren in the first two seasons. From the “spy-banging” to Lauren being “bossy and controlling,” Kenzi could be against her best friend dating Lauren but had nothing to do with Lauren being a lady. And she finally had a well-needed bonding episode with Lauren. Comic relief or not, Kenzi is a freaking awesome ally character in North American’s most sexuality-is-not-an-issue show.
Okay, The L Word has its long list of problems and don’t get me wrong I agree with most of them. I related the most to Dana, how dare you kill her with super-cancer! Anyway, Kit, Bette’s older sister, was an excellent addition to the cast. With so many lesbian characters it was good to have one straight women among them. So, the audience was forced to either cringe or open their minds when Kit got closer and closer to transgender Ivan and the into-older-women, sex-addict Papai. Though Kit owned a gay restaurant and nightclub she stayed undyingly straight while still being the greatest ally in The L Word‘s Los Angeles.
I’m 22-years-old, which I feel like is about four years too old to admit to watching Glee. I haven’t watched it in a while. I watch it in spite and like most good lesbians, I only watched it for Santana. So, when she went away to college — aw Louisville, I feel your pain — and was mostly written off the show, I stopped watching. I hear she is back but I have Netflix now and there are too many distracts. I watched all the earlier seasons and every time the former host of Guts yelled at his stepson for calling Kurt a “fag” I started crying. It is more of a single moment experience than a character arch, but Burt Hummel has earned his ranks among ally characters everywhere.