No matter what you wish, a wish cannot be undone…
Three wishes. What would you do with three wishes? Three wishes can grant you unlimited financial stability. It can grant power. But most of all, it can grant freedom. Freedom to choose your own destiny; to seek out your own happiness and live happily ever after… But not all people know the true consequences for their actions. They see only the happiness and best-case scenarios, even the happily ever after. Yet, what comes after the happily ever after is what people cannot fathom.
For the poor genie of Agrabah, he knows exactly what poorly thought out wishes can do to people, mostly because he is the one who has granted them. Thousands of them. And for that reason, if ever given the opportunity to make a wish, he never would. Why? He does not want to live with whatever the consequences may be. As he knows too well, no matter what one wishes for, any wish that has been granted cannot be taken back. So the old saying goes…be careful what you wish for.
All too soon has Genie declared this than he is given his freedom and one wish, the last wish of King Leopold. He is thankful for the freedom and the ability to seek out the one thing a wish cannot grant…true love.
For as simple and freeing as that statement, Genie’s life quickly becomes more complicated when he is invited to the king’s palace. He meets the lovely Snow White, the king’s daughter, and the king’s wife, Regina. Instantly, and unfortunately forbidden, Genie is enraptured. Regina is the one. There’s something about her. Sadness in her eyes like she’s trapped. Oh, Genie knows how that feels and he promises himself he will see that she is set free, even if it means…even if it means killing the kind King Leopold. Anything for Regina, the innocent and lovely queen.
Well, Regina’s “former” puppet Sidney Glass has decided to go rogue and pay Regina back for firing him. He wants to see her go down. And who better to pair up with than the mayor’s new archenemy, Emma. Emma wants just as much to dig up all the dirt on Regina, and Sidney has the strings to pull to find it.
At first Emma tries to play it safe and find Regina’s secrets the honest way. But when Regina’s smug comments are slung back at Emma, Emma can’t hold fast. So, she plants a bug under Regina’s desk. From there, she and Sidney can record all incoming calls and Regina’s side of the conversations. And it just so happens that Regina receives one particularly interesting call. A meeting, in the woods, in the dark, and it has to be tonight.
Emma and Sidney tail Regina on her way to the rendezvous only to be stopped when the sheriff’s car’s brakes go out, it gets a flat and they’re run off the road. But then they come across Mr. Gold carrying a mysterious briefcase in the woods, in the dark. He claims that Regina just bought some land from him, and leaves it at that…
What does Regina want with said land? Only one way to find out: break into her office and steal anything that looks shady. So, Emma and Sidney bust in some glass and start searching. Of course, the security system alarms are blaring, but Emma’s the police, so who’s gonna catch them? Nevertheless, they’re searching must be quick.
And just as they’re about to leave, Regina rushes in and shuts off the alarm. She finds Emma and Sidney, but Emma makes a valid excuse about a couple of hoodlums throwing rocks, etc, etc… Regina’s suspicious but lets them go.
So what’s the blueprint of? It looks like a house, oddly shaped like a rocket, but a house nonetheless. And Regina’s behind it. She’s taken the town’s money and spent it all on herself. But when Emma confronts Regina in front of the entire city panel at a town meeting, it turns out that the “house” is merely a playhouse. A new one she’s building in the middle of the woods. How that’s safer than Henry’s old castle playhouse, I don’t know. So long as it doesn’t represent anything Snow White related.
And to top it off, Emma is no longer able to see Henry. For real this time. So it’s Walkie Talkie communication for now.
Oh, and Sidney Glass, well let’s just say, once a puppet, always a puppet. And Regina’s holding all the strings.
You see, Genie gave Queen Regina a mirror so that she can see herself the way he sees her. Corny, but it worked. For Regina this means a way out. She’s got a dummy to do all her dirty work. She talks Genie into killing her kind husband using a native Agrabah snake that’s lethal with one bite. He agrees because he’s so smitten. Genie releases the snake into the king’s bed where the king is bitten and dies.
Now, Queen Regina is free and Genie can get his happily ever after. One catch. Regina is not innocent. She set Genie up. The snake, her love, it was all an act. Sure she was set free, but at Genie’s sake. But for Genie, it was more than that. He loves her. Truly and forever. And he will do the one thing he said he’d never do if only to be with her forever. He makes a wish, a wish to always gaze upon her face.
The genie is now a talking mirror. Wherever Queen Regina goes, Genie will be there too. Is this really his happily ever after?
Lastly, the book is not missing. It was merely misplaced, i.e. “borrowed.” The mysterious stranger has it. What he needs with it is anyone’s guess. For good or for bad?
1) What is the stranger doing with the book?
2) Is the genie mad he’s now a mirror? Does he feel trapped, again? Or does he only feel love?
3) Why does Regina think that building a playhouse, with any pointy and sharp edges, in the dark and vast woods is okay?
4) When did Regina become evil? Now or before these events took place?
5) How many “kingdoms” are there in Fairy Tale Land? Did the curse reach them all?
6) Does this mean that things that were trapped, like Genie, or not actually in full human form, were affected by the curse?
7) How did Regina choose the names of her cursed Storybrooke citizens? Or did she? Some are the same most are different.