[Recap&Review] Once Upon a Time` Heart of Darkness

SUMMARY
Mary Margaret hires Mr. Gold as her attorney when Emma is forced to arrest her for the suspected murder of David’s wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming sets out to stop a determined and unhinged Snow White, whose memory is still clouded by Rumplestiltskin’s potion, from assassinating the Evil Queen. (from IMDB.com)


PLOT
Fairytale– Snow was very unprincesslike through most of this episode. I’m not gonna lie, I kind of liked it. Though she was blinded by her hatred for the queen, it was nice to see Snow willing to take matters into her own hands instead of playing the typical damsel in distress. This show has really done an amazing job at making the female characters really strong and well-developed. The reunion of Snow and Charming was a perfect blend of humor and annoyance. Annoyance because we all wanted their first reunion to be magical, but Snow wasn’t having any of it. I find myself liking Charming 100 times more than I like David. Am I the only one? Bringing back Jimminy for Snow’s “intervention” was cherry on top of a pretty fantastic episode. I think we had all kind of let him fall to the background. In addition to that, having him return reminded us why his Storybrooke character is a therapist.

Storybrooke– Again, I have to ask. Why are the writers making James and David two completely different characters? I just don’t understand it. They share hardly any characteristics. You have James in the Fairytale who is willing to believe (even after Snow told him she didn’t love him) that Snow was still out there waiting for him. He has so much faith and love for Snow that it keeps him going and keeps him believing. Then we have David. Who, whenever he speaks, needs to shove his foot in his mouth because he just makes things worse and makes an idiot out of himself. The only good part of David’s storyline this episode was when he was hypnotized and was having flashbacks of his fairytale past. This part showed us that in some form or another, they can remember their past. It’ll be interesting to see how Mr. Gold gets Mary Margaret out of this knot she’s tied into. Also, how Emma will react when she sees Mary gone.

PERFORMANCES
I’ve gone back and forth with Ginnifer Goodwin and her acting skills. I loved her in He’s Just Not That Into You, but other than that, she had yet to show me her real potential. When OUaT first started, I really didn’t care for her acting. Even as Snow, she didn’t quite grab me. That was, until this episode. Ginnifer really showed her range in this episode, basically playing three completely separate characters (which made sense in this episode, considering the potion). Portraying three characters that have to be linked in some way, is an incredible talent (look at Anna Torv in Fringe!). One that requires the actress to really pull out all the stops. And Ginnifer really proved herself to be an amazing actress this episode.

COMING UP

LINKS

  • Check out the weekly Once Upon a Time podcast, Once. In addition to the discussion, they also put all the fairytale and Storybrooke stories into a timeline to keep things straight.
  • Catch up on missed episodes at abc.com
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