This review contains MAJOR spoilers for Once Upon A Time episode 1x11! Pretty much the entire plotline.
Hello! This is my first blog post of 2015, and I thought I would try something new. Not a book review, but instead, a TV show review! I've only watched 13.5 episodes of "Once Upon A Time" but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows of all time. The characters are so strong, and the way that the writers twist all these fairytales together is just... magical!
Show: Once Upon A Time
Episode: Eleven, "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"
Watched On: January 10th, 2015
So I first watched this episode during a binge watch of Once Upon A Time, and can I just say, wow.
Wow, wow wow!
That episode was quite the ride, and took so many different twists and turns, far from what I was expecting!
It followed Emma Swan, the protagonist, as she tried to prove that Regina was plotting against the town of Storybrooke. She teamed up with Sidney Glass, who used to work for Regina, and well... I'll get to that part later.
In the Enchanted Forest, we had the Genie who was trying to woo the Evil Queen, who, at this point in the storyline, isn't evil. At least, she pretends not to be.
The way that the authors of this episode wove everything together was truly amazing. My favorite storyline was definitely the one that took place in the Enchanted Forest this time.
We learned that Sidney Glass is the genie in the Enchanted Forest, and offers the King three wishes, seeing as he was the one to free the genie. The king is so merciful that he allows the genie to make his wish himself, much like in the Disney movie of Aladdin where (spoilers) Aladdin wishes for the genie to be free with his last wish.
This scene was so heart-warming because of how grateful the genie was to the King. This really was the first time anyone had ever shown him real sympathy, and it came as such a pleasant surprise that (if I am remembering right) he was brought to the King's castle.
That's where he met Regina, the evil queen. (And may I just add-- Lana Parilla looked absolutely radiant in this episode. I love seeing the queen so kind and in way "innocent".) The two of them fall in love, and then the King finds out that his wife is in love with someone else, and sends the genie to look for this man.
Thing is, that man is the genie.
And other thing is, they weren't in love. That's what was so shocking to me about this episode the first time. After the genie releases the mysterious two-headed snake, killing the King (and the awesome part is that the snake was native to the genie's country... leading the murder right back to the Genie. I love the Evil Queen, because she really does think of every detail. That part made me gasp in horror because the genie was killing this man he loved so much, the man who showed him mercy, all for Regina.) he meets back with the evil queen.
That is when she shows she is truly evil. Basically, she pulls a Hans from Disney's "Frozen", and reveals that she was only pretending to be in love with him so that he would kill the king and she could become queen of the land. Maybe it was because the acting was spot-on in this episode, but I had fallen for it. I had thought that Regina was truly in love with the genie.
And then, at the end of the episode, in Storybrooke we find out that Sidney Glass was working against Emma the entire time. I did not see that one coming.
Like I said before, this episode blew me away and was one of my favorite episodes to date. (Sorry this was so long and rambly... it's late)