So, check it out here.
Also, tune in next week for an all new episode titled "The Queen is Dead." Sunday night, 8/7c on ABC.
Ever wonder how the fabulous Once Upon a Time writers piece together the quaint little town of Storybrooke? Such as where is Granny's or Mr. Gold's Pawn Shop? Or maybe you want to know where the "Troll" bridge is? What's real and what's CGI?
I've created a new page titled "Filming Locations" where you can check out what these famous places look like when they're not on the small screen and just where they are in the world. You just might be surprised by the amount of traveling the cast and crew do to bring us the wonderful tall-tales of enchantment.
So, check it out here.
If you know of any other fascinating locations or interesting facts related to Once Upon a Time filming, drop me a note below or on my comments page.
Also, tune in next week for an all new episode titled "The Queen is Dead." Sunday night, 8/7c on ABC.
The future is a puzzle. With many pieces to be sorted. In time you will learn to separate what can be from what will be.
The land is being ravaged by Ogres. It’s the first Ogre’s War and nothing would be more honorable than to give one’s life fighting in such a war. Newly married and in love, Rumplestiltskin is overjoyed when his name is called to battle.
He’ll fight in the war and come home with honor and courage where he will begin his wonderful life. Maybe even start a family.
However, the front lines are not as glorious as Rumplestiltskin imagined. Rumple wanted to prove to himself that he was not a coward like his father. If he fought in this battle, he could never be charged with such a crime as cowardliness. But any war-front battle would bring out the inner coward in all of us. Rumplestiltskin is no different.
That’s when Rumplestiltskin is left in charge of powerful weapon, a young seer. The young girl predicts Rumplestiltskin’s future, telling him all about his soon-to-be son. But he and his son will be separated and the boy will grow up without a father. All of this will come to pass on the morrow.
Thinking that this can only come to pass as a result of his death, Rumplestiltskin concocts a plan. A plan worthy of a coward. Knowing that wounded soldiers are sent home, Rumple takes a sledgehammer to his foot, causing the familiar limp.
Rumplestiltskin is sent home, but rumors of his dishonor have gone before him. When he arrives home, he’s greeted by his wife and baby son, Baelfire. But his wife isn’t happy. How could Rumple do such a thing and bring dishonor to his family—his son?!
Rumplestiltskin doesn’t care at the moment. All he knows is that he’s alive and safe….and a father!
But before long things begin to change. As we saw in previous episodes, Baelfire does grow up to live with his cowardly father. Rumplestiltskin gains his dark powers which eventually send Baelfire to another realm.
It’s here that Rumplestiltskin, living in the woods, is found by the now-grown seer from the battlefield. He demands she tell him how to get his son back. The seer, hesitantly, gives forth the information. Rumplestiltskin will be reunited with his son. Through a curse that will be enacted by another. The reunion will be most unexpected and will come about because of a young boy. However, this young boy will be Rumplestiltskin’s undoing.
Rumplestiltskin, demanding more than the seer can provide, takes her fortune-telling abilities upon himself, which end up killing the seer.
Knowing that a young boy will be his undoing, Rumplestiltskin vows to kill the boy. Nothing and no one will ever get in the way of his dark powers!
In Storybrooke—or should I saw beyond Storybrooke--Emma, Henry, and Mr. Gold have arrived in Manhattan outside a quaint little apartment we have all seen from the episode “Broken.” The trio search Baelfire’s apartment number, concluding that the room number without a name must be his. Emma knows that when someone is running, they don’t want to make their presence known.
Emma rings the bell, using the old cliché—UPS guy. No response. Seconds later they hear the clanging of footsteps on the fire escape. He’s running.
Knowing he can’t run on his gimpy leg, Mr. Gold sends after the man—his son. Emma takes off, using back alleys to corner the runaway.
The two slam into each other, falling on the ground. Emma looks up and into the face of Neal.
No. It can’t be. Neal is Baelfire?!
Neal can’t believe it’s Emma. After all these years, they’re together again. But wait. Why? How?
Emma begins to yell, demanding that Neal explain his actions. How can he be Baelfire? Did he know who she was when they met? Know where she came from? Was this some sort of set up? Did Mr. Gold put him up to this?
Neal tries to calm her, but she isn’t having it.
Maybe they can talk somewhere less public…say a bar.
Fine. But she wants answers.
Neal confesses he knew nothing when they first met, but it was that night they stole the watches that he ran into Pinocchio who showed him undeniable evidence to leave Emma alone. What was it? Simply the words, “I know you are Baelfire” written in the typewriter.
Neal’s sorry for leaving, but he had to. And he still love Emma.
But Emma denies any love for him. There’s nothing good that came from their relationship. Nothing at all.
Before they can say their good-byes, Emma has to keep her end of the deal with Mr. Gold: get Baelfire to talk to him.
Neal doesn’t want to go. He has nothing to say to that man. For all he cares, Emma can tell Mr. Gold that he got away.
So Emma returns and tells Mr. Gold that Baelfire got away. The only thing left to do now is…break into Neal’s apartment and see if he left any clues behind. Anything that will give his whereabouts or his past.
As they search Neal’s apartment, Emma spots the dream catcher. Her sudden interest brings attention to Mr. Gold. There’s something she’s not telling him. Violently he demands an answer.
Emma sends Henry out of the room. She tells Mr. Gold only the basics of the conversation she had with Neal. But Mr. Gold believes there is more. He starts to lunge at Emma when Neal barges through the door.
In a breath-stopping scene, Henry comes back into the room; Emma and Neal confess they’ve known each other before and that Henry is Neal’s son. Yes, Mr. Gold, you have a grandson.
Aw, what a Kodak moment.
Well, not really. Neal is happy discover a son but not that he has a father again; Henry’s upset because Emma lied to him about his father, and Mr. Gold realizes that the boy from the seer’s fortune telling is Henry. The boy he vowed to kill…
All’s well that ends well, right?
I should mention that back in Storybrooke new discoveries are being made. For one, Regina, using magic, discovers a Dewey Decimal call number in Belle’s purse. This call number leads to the library, which leads to a hidden map.
A map to what, you ask? A map that leads to Rumplestiltskin’s buried dagger, of course. Yep, the one that can kill him or control his evil, dark self. And with the help of Hook, it will soon be in Cora’s and Regina’s possession.
But wait. There’s more…
That little bit of magic Regina used is not lost on a certain snoopy stranger. Greg Mendel happened to be wandering the hospital halls with his fancy camera phone and snapped a short 10-second clip of Regina’s supernatural abilities. In a matter of minutes, that 10-second clip will be on its way via cell phone tower to the “her” on the other end of Greg’s line.
And then what sort of chaos will ensue?
1) Who is the “her” on Greg Mendel’s phone?
2) Will Belle ever be able to gain her memory back?
3) Did Mr. Gold lose his magic powers forever? If so, will they come back when he cross the Storybrooke city limits? How will this effect Cora and Regina’s evil plan to control the Dark One?
4) Will Mr. Gold decide not to kill Henry now that Henry’s his grandson?
5) Who knew that fairy tale families could play like soap opera families?
6) How awesome was this episode? – Completely awesome, if I say so myself.
7) Who’s anxious for the next episode? Will Mr. Gold live to the end of the season?
Sometimes you have to leave home to find the people you truly belong with.
Notoriously, big things—animals, humans, etc.—are often nicknamed “tiny” as a paradox for their true selves. And Once Upon a Time is no different. Anton, the giant who let Emma go earlier in the season, got his feature this week.
The giants on top of the infamous beanstalk live to protect their portal beans. They’ve since become cautious of humans, secluding themselves above the world. Humans have a ruined reputation for using the beans for harm—conquering the realms with violence. So Anton and his brothers have sworn to protect the beans from human hands.
But Anton is not like his brothers. He is fascinated by humans and their interests. He spends his time in the treasure room with the human loot. For this he is teased by his brothers and gets a stern talking-to from the eldest.
Yet his fascination is deep. What if humans really aren’t that bad? What is life like down on the ground?
Anton decides to discover it.
Down the beanstalk he goes and runs into Prince James and the lovely Jacqueline, but everyone calls her Jack.
You see, back before Prince James—the real one—was killed, he wasn’t such a good guy. He was greedy, selfish, and cocky. Okay, maybe we already knew that since that’s the reason for his death. Anyhow, just before this encounter with Anton, James and Jack had been fooling around when King George interrupts with news that there is a giant among them. Giants are just as bad news for the humans as humans are to them. James and Jack decide to check it out.
Outside a little pub, the two meet Anton. With a magical pill, Jack sweet-talks Anton into taking it. It will make him small like them for a little while.
Mesmerized, Anton takes it. He becomes tiny. Jack and James “befriend” the giant only to talk him into returning to the beanstalk and giving them some gold.
Wanting to please his new friends, Anton heads home, a bigger man. His oldest brother finds out and scolds Anton. But the news gets worse. Anton’s lack of decorum has brought the humans to the beanstalk which has kept the brothers and the beans safe all these years.
No sooner has the scolding finished that James and Jack appear. They never wanted the gold only the beans. They could conquer the world with such a possession.
Anton, obeying his brother, destroys the bean field and all the beans while Jack and James begin to kill off the brothers with Jack’s poisoned sword.
Anton returns to see his brother kill Jack with her own sword but not before the sword penetrates the brother. Anton rushes to his brother’s side while Prince James scurries down the beanstalk, not caring that his lady-love, Jack, is dead because of his greed.
Anton’s brother gives Anton one last gift before he dies. A vile with the very last remaining bean sprout. Someday, in another land perhaps, Anton can plant the seed and grow more beans. Until then, he must keep it safe.
In Storybrooke, Emma prepares to leave with Henry and Mr. Gold. Mr. Gold isn’t happy that Henry is coming, but if it will make Emma happy and move this journey on a little faster, so be it.
The trio head to the airport, safely crossing the border. At the airport, they meet their first worldly obstacle, the metal detector. Per airline custom, all loose clothing must go inside the x-ray scanner while the person passes through the detector. Mr. Gold must remove his magical scarf. Worried he’ll lose his memory, he fights it, but Emma promises him that everything will be all right.
Mr. Gold removes the scarf. In a few breath-holding moments, we watch as Mr. Gold struggles to retain memory or his composure. The scanner does its work and the scarf is returned.
But the incident was enough to scare Mr. Gold. While the troupe waits, Mr. Gold heads for the men’s room. In a fit of rage, he slams his hand repeatedly into a dispenser, bloodying his hand. But magic does not work in this world and he is unable to heal his hand. For the first time in a while we see Mr. Gold genuinely concerned and uncertain.
Back in Storybrooke, the Charmings force Hook to reveal his ship’s location and what Cora’s plans are. For the former, he consents, for the latter, he holds his tongue. For one, he’s not entirely sure, but for what he does know, he not going to just give up the valuable information so quickly.
Once aboard the ship, the group discovers a tiny Anton passed out in a cage. Mary Margaret wakes him up. Anton immediately demands to know where the “witch” is. But then he spies Prince Charming. Rushing at Charming, he clocks him dead under the chin, flipping Charming in the air. There’s a grudge the tiny giant has with Charming, but what?
We soon find out that it was Charming’s twin that did Anton wrong.
Anton runs off before Charming can explain. He runs into Regina who gives him a magical cure. He can be big again and exact his revenge on the humans he hates. Anton downs the magic and grows.
Down Main Street, Anton terrorizes the town. People scatter and run to Prince Charming and Mary Margaret. The Charmings race to the rescue, stopping the giant in his tracks. They explain the confusion, but the giant needs proof. Mary Margaret throws out Emma’s name. This catches Anton’s attention, but he wants to talk to Emma before he agrees to anything.
Unfortunately, Emma’s out of town at the moment. So Prince Charming agrees to be sacrificed for the good of Storybrooke.
The giant agrees to this and takes a flying jump. But Mary Margaret won’t let her Charming die. She shoves him out of the way just as the giant’s foot slams through the asphalt. This breaks the spell Anton was under to be big and he begins to shrink.
Now Prince Charming must rescue the man from the sinkhole he created.
Pulling the tiny giant to safety, Anton finally accepts that Prince Charming isn’t anything like his brother. Even to the point that Anton decides to plant his last bean sprout to grow the very beans that can take everyone back to the Enchanted Forest.
Oh, and we found out that Prince Charming’s real name is not James but David. Who knew?! (Begs the question, again, for how the Storybrooke citizens got their “cursed” names?)
Last, but not least, Ruby tries to comfort a confused Belle. She brings her books. But Belle won’t have it. She knows she saw a ball of fire appear in a man’s hand. She doesn’t know why or how, but she’s tired of having everyone tell her differently. And she’s tired of everyone calling her Belle!
The nurse quickly tranquilizes Belle and takes her to her room. But Mr. Greg Mendel (the stranger) overheard. He too has seen what Belle saw.
Later that night, he approaches her and confesses, much to Belle’s shock. But just what will happen now that a stranger has suspicions and has an ally?
So there you have it. David is really David not James, and Jack the Giant Killer is a girl. Oh, and there is a bean left…I mean, a bean sprout which could be the key to getting back to Fairy Tale Land. All in all, there were no loose ends tied up in this episode, really. In fact, we just gained a whole new set of problems.
And what’s the big bombshell for next week? My guess, as it’s always been, is that Baelfire is really Neal—Henry’s Dad. That would make Rumplestiltskin’s Henry’s grandfather. Crazy!
I could be wrong but there are too many things lining up for it not to be.
Watch next week’s promo in the “Video” tab for Season 2. When you see Emma’s shocked face and the barely discernible profile of the guy she’s staring at, you’ll be on board with my theory, no doubt!
1) Is Bae really Neal—Henry’s Dad?
2) How will Cora leave Storybrooke to get to Rumplestiltskin to kill him with his dagger? Do you see the problem in this or just me?
3) What was your reaction to learning that David is actually…David? Did the hype disappoint?
4) How fast to beanstalks grow once planted?
5) Will Mary Margaret and Charming stay in Storybrooke or go back to Fairy Tale Land?
6) How did Bae stay so young all these years? Does he remember that he’s Bae or does he think he’s Neal (if this is true)?
'Til next week!
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