Once Upon A Time: “Ruby Slippers” (S5Ep18)

So, I have not been posting about Once Upon A Time because I have not been watching season 5B. I was going to but then I heard it destroyed Meg from Hercules’ character. And she is such an important part of my childhood, I didn’t want to watch that. But, I have been reading reviews about this half season and know what is happening. I decided to watch this episode because I knew Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Ruby (Meghan Ory) were going to be back and A&E have promised a gay story line sometime this season. It didn’t go how I thought it would but shit there was a lady-on-lady kiss on effing Once Upon A Time?!

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I would be more excited about this episode and this show now having a non-straight relationship and three ladies who like ladies but I doubt Mulan, Ruby or Dorothy (Teri Reeves) will appear again this season and if they do the show will probably promote it as another special guest star episode, which is not a good way to feature your LGBTQ representation.

So, going into this episode I knew Ruby fell from the sky at the end of last episode. The hero gang, which has been in the Underworld for a while, took her to the Underworld version of Mary Margret’s loft. They don’t know how she got there. When they flashback and I had to laugh at the time card.

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Good to know this show hasn’t changed too much. Mulan and Ruby are chasing werewolf scent through Oz. They exited “The Bear King” to find Ruby’s pack. They run into Toto and then into Dorothy. I didn’t know she had been recast. She was played by Matreya Scarrwener the last time I saw Dorothy. She was great on the Canadian show Strange Empire but she is significantly younger than Meghan Ory, so I understand the recast.

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Zelena (Rebecca Mader) and Hades (Greg Germann) are a thing now. There was something about her wanting to get home to her daughter and Dorothy being her greatest enemy. Hades was seeming a bit rapey and Zelena was acting a little out of character, which fits with what I have been reading.

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Also Belle (Emilie de Ravin) is mad at Rumple (Robert Carylye) for him signing her child over to the god of the Underworld. And Cruella (Victoria Smuft) is there chewing the scenery and taking out the magical British phone boxes that let people communicate with their loved ones on Earth. Charming (Josh Dallas) sees that and flips out that he can’t call his son, who he abandoned to chase his daughter’s boyfriend who had just tried to murder her and their entire town into the Underworld.

Back in Oz whenever, Zelena has kidnapped Toto. Zelena tells Dorothy she can give her ruby slippers to Zelena or Toto dies. Ruby and Mulan say they will help her with a sleeping curse to knock out Zelena. Mulan stays behind to brew it as Ruby and Dorothy go off to find more ingredients. They have a lot of flirty moments, which confused the hell out of me at first because “The Bear King” really made it seem like Mulan and Ruby had gone off to be gay with each other, but I guess I thought two queer ladies being just friends was above this show. I’m not going to apologizes because you earned that assumption, OUAT.

Anyway, Zelena sends a tornado at them. Ruby turns into a wolf, has Dorothy ride her and they get safely back to Mulan.

Back in Underworld Storybrooke, Zelena tells Regina (Lana Parillia) she has put Dorothy under a sleeping curse, which only true love’s kiss can break. They all flip out for a bit. Ruby thinks the only person who can break it is Auntie M. The rest of Dorothy’s family tried to have her committed to back in Kansas, which she told Ruby in a flashback. Ruby also mentioned her boyfriend in a flashback, so did the show subtly have a commitment to Ruby’s bisexuality? I would be really impressed if I had any hope this would last beyond this episode.

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In the show’s only funny, witty moment, the Blind Witch (Emma Caufield, what are you doing here? You are too good for this show) tells them where Auntie M is and it ends up being at Granny’s Underworld rival that Auntie M owns. OK, that was a good joke.

Unfortunately, Hades is there and melts Auntie M with water from the River of…Lost Souls? I don’t know what it is called. It’s the River Stix. It was the River of Lost Souls in the Hercules movie, I think.

Anyway back in Oz whenever, Mulan asks Ruby why she is acting weird. Ruby tells her it is because she has been searching for a place where she belongs and she thinks Dorothy might be the answer. Mulan gets all smiley and tells her she has to tell her before it is too late and not make the same mistake she did. Damn, can Aurora come back and realize she is in love with Mulan?

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Back in UnderStorybrooke, Ruby has a similar conversation with Snow, when she realizes maybe Auntie M wasn’t the only answer to true love’s kiss to break Dorothy’s curse. It was a rather average coming out to a best friend scene. Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) told her she was her best friend and she knows her. But, I couldn’t stop thinking about how no pronouns where used and it was never explicitly said and that time Ginnifer Goodwin compared gay and lesbian relationships on TV to porn. So, LGBTQ stuff and this show are very complicated.

Through some nonsense about slippers, tombstones and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) Charming convinces Snow she should go with Ruby to Oz and then to Storybrooke to take care of the child they abandoned. So, Snow and Ruby poof to Oz. They are met with a bunch of Wizard of Oz characters and Mulan. She is happy to see Ruby and says she kept Dorothy safe for her, saying she has experience in this kind of thing. Snow gives Ruby some words of encourage and then she walks up to Dorothy and kisses her, on the lips.

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While watching I was fully prepared to find examples of when this thing has happened in other shows because I thought this would be a cheek or forehead kiss of some kind. But, nope!

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And then it kept going!

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I would be as happy as Henry (Jared Gilmore) looked writing this in his story book or Mulan at her friend getting some…

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…if I had any hope of this continuing but we will not see any more for probably another half season, which is a shitty way to go about this, OUAT. How can this show have a queer kiss but still be queerbaiting?

Oh and the episode ends with Belle pricking herself with a sleeping curse to delay her pregnancy to give Rumple time to find out how to break the contract. Great way to remove Belle from her own story line there, show.

I’m probably not going to watch this show for a while again. I mean, Call The Midwife is also airing on Sundays at 8 p.m. And though there has not been a lady-on-lady kiss yet Call The Midwife handles its lesbian characters so much better.

Also, I’m a little annoyed that the show didn’t put Ruby and Mulan together. I know Dorothy has been in a few 5B episode, but I am not committed to her character like I am with Ruby, who has been around since the pilot episode, and Mulan, who has been around since season two. I would let that slide because Mulan mentioned Aurora multiple times but this effing show isn’t going to bring her and her Sleeping Warrior cock-block baby back to have her leave Phillip for Mulan, so yeah I’m not wasting my Sunday evenings on this show anymore.

 

 


Once Upon A Time: “Birth” (S5Ep08) and “The Bear King” (S5Ep09)

In a rare accomplishment for Once Upon A Time, I liked its two hour event. Both of the episodes were good and only had a bit of all the things I hate about this show. But, this wasn’t really an OUAT two hour event. These episodes could not have been more different and after the ending of “Birth” I was really expecting another hour of dealing with the reveal at the end of it. But instead it was followed by the Merida and Mulan Adventure Hour, which I loved by the way. I’m just confused why these episodes were paired together.

Birth 

This episode starts with Emma (Jennifer Morrison) bringing the Prometheus flame, which she needs to bind the Dark One dagger and Excalibur, so she can snuff out the darkness and leave only light magic, to Granny’s in Camelot, three weeks ago. This episode actually had a timeline! Emma can’t get the flame to work. The words of encouragement from Henry (Jared Gilmore) and Granny (Beverly Elliot) fall flat, Merlin (Elliot King) freezes them and walks in tell her that he is under Arthur’s (Liam Garrigan) control and he is going to murder her family, which includes Regina (Lana Parrilla, yay!) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue, ugh).

Emma is quickly able to save them after she ties up Zelena (Rebecca Mader), who is working with Arthur. Hook is able to get free and punch him in the face and he runs away like he isn’t the greatest king in all of British literature.

Back in Storybrooke, all the useless men are chasing Arthur through the woods because they know he lied about the mushroom. They fumble around and suck, until Dark Emma comes and saves them. Hook is kinda a jerk about Emma saving him and then flip flops saying he still loves Emma and doesn’t think she is a monster, despite the fact he said exactly that about three episodes ago. Regina, on the other hand, has been accepting and understanding since the beginning. Emma says she did everything and took everyone’s memories for Hook.

He holds onto the bit of info in the next scene, despite Regina saying Emma has to be manipulating him.

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Hook goes out to track her down so he can ask her about her intentions. He literally tries to commit suicide to get her attention. Again with the self-harm and suicide for attention thing, OUAT? WTF? Anyway, Emma says she can’t tell him everything because her plan is almost complete.

Back in Camelot, Emma is told by Hallucination-Rumple (Robert Carlyle) that the flame isn’t working for her because she isn’t ready to give up the darkness. Henry tells her that Hook what planning to buy her new house in Storybrooke with her when they get back. This culminates into the greatest scene of the episode. Emma is outside Granny’s trying to get the flame to light and Regina finds her. She tells her she understands being drawn to darkness. Regina takes the dagger and demands Emma tell her why she is so afraid to give it up. Emma says she will not be able to protect everyone without it. Regina tells Emma she can lie to everyone else but not to her, which Emma said to her last season.

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But of course, Princess Cockblock, idiot man and the beard come out and stop Regina. Emma runs off. Hook goes to find her. Emma says she isn’t mad at Regina and she made her realize she is afraid of her possible future with Hook and giving up her darkness means it will start. That lights the flame.

Everyone goes into Granny’s and Emma tries to bind the dagger and the sword but halfway through she stops when Hook starts bleeding from the neck. She healed at cut he got, from Excalibur, during the earlier fight. I’m not really sure why but the wound can’t be healed with magic and binding the blades will kill him. Hook tells Emma to still do it to save herself from the Darkness and seriously Regina and the Idiot Duo agree. But, Emma decides a bit too late (and after having a super romantic scene with Regina a lot like in the season four finale) that she wants to have a future with Hook. So, she poofs herself, Hook and the sword out of the diner to tie him to the sword, like how she is tied to the dagger. Merlin says it will make it impossible to get ride of the darkness forever, through it will save his life.

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We only see up until the neck bleeding in the Camelot flashback. Back in Storybrooke, Emma sped up Zelena’s pregnancy to get the Rape Baby out of the way so she could tie the darkness to Zelena and then kill her. She also kidnapped Hook. They decide to work together to stop Emma because Hook thinks she has gone way, way to far for considering killing a psychopathic, murder, rapist. Emma’s parents voice them same concern to Regina as they go to Emma house to stop her. Regina says this is why Emma gave her the dagger because she is the only one willing to cross a line to save her.

Emma freezes them outside and then goes inside to get trapped by some squid ink Hook found. Zelena is still hanging around and shows Hook, via a dream catcher, that he is really dead and Emma made him the dark one too. She reveals that his name is also on the dagger/sword. Hook is super mad and vengeful about this. And J-MO is killed it with facial expressions this week.

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Then that episodes ends and we get an episode of what felt like an entirely different show.

The Bear King 

So over in the Merida and Mulan Adventure Hour, Merida is about to be crowned queen of the united clans when the Witch from Brave comes in to tell her her father owes her a shit load of money for her making a magical helm for him. She is going to make everyone into a bear unless she finds the helm within 24 hours. Merida tells her mother, who looks about 10 years older than her, that he father was wearing the helm during the war and the solider who killed him took it. She is going to find him and take it back.

Flashback to Merida’s kingdom two year ago, she and her father are walking through the troops preparing to fight off the invades from the south. Fergis tells Merida she needs to learn about war before she follows him in. He hired a solider to train her. She is annoyed and says she doesn’t need a man to babysit her but then quiet the opposite defeats her and tells her she is her teacher.

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Mulan (Jamie Chung) and this episode’s other throwback cameo are the reasons I wasn’t even annoyed that Emma and Regina were both not in this episode. So, Mulan starts training Merida and teaching her about honor.

In present day Merdia’s kingdom, Mulan is kicking the shit out of a group of thugs and taking their money because she is working as a bounty hunter it seems. Merida finds her because she needs her help to find the man who killed her father. Mulan is mean and much snarkier than usual. Merida also notices and asks what happened to her. Mulan says she will help, after Merida pays her, but she can’t ask anymore questions. I love that this change in Mulan was included. This was two years ago, so shortly after “Quite a Common Fairy” when Mulan didn’t get a chance to confess her love to Aurora and then disappeared from the show.

Because this episode had to be tied to OUAT with more than a current bit character and two we haven’t since season three, Arthur knows about the magically helm, which makes men follow anyone into battle, and tries to go after it with Zelena. They go to the witch’s cabin and torture out of her that Merida is looking for it. There is also a rather large wolf there that Zelena knocks out with sleeping powder.

Merida and Mulan make it to the field where he father was killed. They find one of Merida’s arrows with the killer cloak still on it. But, Arthur and Zelena find them. They steal Merida’s bow, which used to be her fathers and say they will just use it for a tracking spell and poof away. Merida is pissed that Mulan didn’t want to fight them with her and that she seems like she doesn’t care about her father anymore. She tells her she didn’t used to be so heartless and that she is not being very honorable. Merida goes home defeated, thinking she can’t lead the clans because her father only did because of magic.

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Mulan is too honorable to give up through and goes to the witches cabin to try to find another way. Instead she finds that wolf. Mulan can tell it is really a person and uses magic to make her human and hey Ruby is back!

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She knows who Mulan is because of Emma and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) telling her and she knows Aurora and Phillip, who are doing well and just had a baby. That hits a nerve for Mulan and Ruby notices. To distract from her heartbreak, Mulan asks the show to explain what the hell Ruby is doing in Merida’s kingdom/Camelot/The Enchanted Forest two years ago.

And it actually does. During the half season party at Granny’s at the end of season three, Ruby tells Snow back by the restrooms that she isn’t feeling like she fits in because she is the only wolf there. She and Tiny were able to save some of the magic beans and she wants to use one to go back. Snow tells her she supports her and wishes her luck. For a show with no continuity that was a pretty good way to retroactive write out a character two seasons later.

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Ruby and Mulan realize they can track down the man who killed Fergis because the show’s greatest tracker is back. They go pick up Merida and head out. Zelena and Arthur and Merida, Mulan and Ruby all met up at the lake by the battlefield. Zelena and Arthur tracked the helm to there and the cloak was Arthur’s. He invaded Merida’s kingdom because he needed the helm to force his men to follow him. It was in the lake because Fergis decides not to use it.

Ruby and Mulan knock out Zelena, with a sleeping curse, and Merida is able to take the helm. Zelena and Arthur poof back to Camelot and Merida realizes she can lead her people because he father never used magic. After she is crowned, she is saying goodbye to Mulan and Ruby and asks Mulan what happened. Mulan tells her she was trying to get over a broken heart, which was caused her by waiting to long to confess her love. And again, the show avoided using pronouns. I really thought Mulan was going to say “she” at the end of her dialogue but nope.

Ruby asks her if she wants to travel with her to try to find other werewolves. She might not have good dating advice or be good at dating, what are we trying to say here, OUAT? But, Ruby still thinks it would be better if Mulan wasn’t alone. That was kinda cute OUAT, but that better not fucking be the LGBT story line you promised us this season.

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And to connect this back to the actual story line of OUAT, Merida promises to make Arthur pay for killing her father.

So, overall both these episodes were pretty good. The first was actually interesting. It had more Hook than I like but it was still interesting and J-Mo and Lana were great. The second was slightly messy and not as queer as I hoped it would be but still enjoyable and fun. I hope Mulan and Ruby return at some point.


Once Upon A Time: “Child of the Moon”

Grade: A+

Airdate: 11/11/12

Once Upon A Time created two mysteries to be answered in season two. The first was who is Dr. Whale and the second was is Ruby/Red (Meghan Ory) still a werewolf? I was far more excited about the second one and the show made it into a great episode.

The episode starts with the dwarfs finding diamonds in the mines in Storybrooke. The Blue Fairy, played by Keegan Connor Tracy, tells everyone it is the right kind of diamonds to be made into Fairy dust, which can be used to get Jefferson’s hat to work. Everyone, goes to Granny’s to celebrate the possible return of Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin).

Charming (Josh Dallas) stays until the celebration ends, has a quick conversation with Henry (Jared Gilmore), who is still afraid to sleep because of the nightmare, before being joined by Spencer/King George, played by Alan Dale. King George said that Charming might have defeated him once but he has to do it again in Storybrooke. King George is also still stuck on Charming not being a prince but actually being a shepherd. Charming tells him he can try, but he will just defeat him again. King George also tells him twice, “you should have killed me when you had the chance.” Hopefully, how Charming and Snow defeated King George and possibly Regina (Lana Parrilla) to take over the kingdoms is explained this season.

Anyway, Ruby/Red is the focus of this episode. It turns we didn’t know if Ruby was a werewolf or not because neither did she. Charming runs into her and Granny, played by Beverley Elliott, turning the freezer into a cage. Ruby said she used to be able to control the wolf, but she hasn’t changed in 28 years and just wants to be certain. Charming tells her that he believes in her and that she will not hurt anyone, but she still has herself locked in.

We then jump to the past Fairytale World with Red and Snow being chased by the Queen’s men through the Enchanted Forest. Red ripped her hood and tells Snow that she needs to get away from her. Snow pretty much says the same thing Charming said before that she will not hurt her. Red doesn’t believe it though and they split up for the night. The hood still protects Red, but she is found by another werewolf. He takes her back to his pack, which is led by Red’s not-dead mother, Anita. Anita teaches Red to control the wolf so she doesn’t blackout when she changes and doesn’t hurt anyone.

Back in Storybrooke, Ruby has forgotten how to do that. She broke out of the freezer and Charming and Granny find her in the woods. David is then called because the tow truck was abandoned by the docks. When they arrive, Ruby smells blood and sees that Billy has been killed and torn apart. Ruby assumes she did it and Charming tries to convince her that they don’t know that.

For the second night of the full moon, Ruby has Charming lock her in the jail cell. King George comes to the station and tells Charming he should give Ruby up to him because he can’t run the town because he is protect the “monster.” Later on, King George starts a mob and they break into the jail. But, Charming, Granny and Ruby have moved to the library after enlisting Belle (Emilie de Ravin)’s help.

Charming and Granny go off to try to solve the murder. I wasn’t too surprised when it was King George, who took the hood so he could pin Billy’s death on Ruby and make everyone doubt Charming.

Back in the Fairytale World, Snow finds Red with the pack. The pack is rather anti-human and tries to kill Snow because there is no way she could be friends with a wolf. Red is able to convince them otherwise, but the Queen’s men caught up with Snow and a stray arrow kills one of the other wolves. Anita then tells Red that Snow has to be killed to pay for the life. Red refuses so Anita tries herself only to be stopped and killed by accident by Red.

Back in Storybrooke, Red is trying to get Belle to leave. She says she wants to stay because she believes Charming that Ruby didn’t hurt anyone. Ruby said everyone needs to stop trusting her, chains up Belle and says she is giving herself to the mob. Granny and Charming caught back up to the mob as they have werewolf Ruby cornered. Charming is able to convince her that she didn’t kill anyone and she can control the wolf. He throws the hood on her and she changes back.

But, King George escaped so Ruby and Charming go after him. King George says he beat him this time, but he is still ahead. He then takes out Jefferson’s hat and throws it into the fire. Charming almost shots him, but Ruby stops him. Charming is the sheriff, so I’m not sure why he didn’t just arrest King George. Ruby pretty tells Charming “you find them, you will always find them and now I’m helping.”

Mixed in with all of that is Henry’s nightmare. He has it once and is woken up by Regina, who Charming called to have watch him while he was dealing with Ruby being a werewolf. Regina sees that Henry’s hand is burned and calls Rumple (Robert Carlyle) to see if he can stop it. He gives Henry a necklace that can help him control the world he is in during the nightmare. At the end of the episode, he is able to put the fires out and tells Aurora (Sarah Bolger) that she doesn’t need to be afraid. Aurora then wakes up and tells Snow and Emma that the little boy talked to her and said his name was Henry.

I decided to put that at the end of the post because it seems like the most important part of the episode. Charming and Henry in Storybrooke can now communicate with Emma and Snow in the Fairytale World if Henry and Aurora keep having these dreams.  Hopefully, that helps them get back faster.