Once Upon A Time — We Are Both (S2E02)
We are gifted with the story of Regina’s rise to evilness. When Regina tried to run away from her wedding with the king, her mother uses her magic to contain her within the kingdom. When the allusion of power isn’t enough for Regina, Cora insists that “power is freedom.” Regina quickly learns the truth behind this statement. She imagines killing Snow for having her true love executed. To avoid turning into her mother and succumbing to evil she steals the spell book and summons Rumpelstiltskin. Somehow he already knows her and is happy to see that they are back together, where they belong. Looks like dear Rumpelstiltskin knew that Regina would turn to the dark side much before she did. Though Regina brings the Dark One to her to make her purer, that’s not what he’s there for. All of her troubles will go away if she pushes Cora into a portal. And once she does it, she admits to Rumpelstiltskin that it felt amazing. She agrees to keep the spell book and follow his guidance, as long as she won’t turn into her mother. And since it was up to her to use her power for good, it looks like she failed. It is oh so easy to be corrupted by power, isn’t it Regina?
It looks like Regina finally sees the light of her own wrongdoings by the end of the episode. She tried to keep Henry by force and even offered to teach him how to harness the power of magic, but he refuses. It isn’t fair that he should be trapped in her prison just because she loves him. She realizes then that she has turned into her mother, exactly what she feared. She wants Henry to love her for her, not due to force, so she allows him to live with David/Charming until she can redeem herself. But with the Evil Queen, it’s hard to tell–maybe it’s all a ruse and she’s just using David.
While Regina is struggling with her identity as a mother and a magic wielder, everybody else wants to lose their own fairy tale personas. When Sneezy the dwarf crosses the boundary of Storybrook, he loses all memories of being Sneezy, he solely remembers his life in Storybrook as Dan. Though David promises to give them answers in the assembly room in two hours, he doesn’t show up. Instead, Regina arrives with her spell book charging her magic. After convincing Henry to go with her (this is before her realization), she lights up the town symbol with fire, the perfect emblem of her return to grace. Just as everyone is about to cross the border, David stops them and gives an inspiring speech about how he is both David and Prince Charming. He can’t be one without the other, and he wouldn’t want to be. He’s made mistakes in both worlds, but he made them, not some other man. This, coupled with the fact that the Enchanted Forest is still real somewhere keeps the townsfolk within the borders of Storybrook.
Instead of his attending his own town meeting, David was trying to track down the Mad Hatter to find a portal back into the other world to save his wife and daughter. He saves Jefferson from underneath a car, but he refuses to help him. When they have both world, they are stuck with double the pain and he doesn’t want to get involved with trying to teleport between the two. He doesn’t have the magic to do so, even if he wanted. And with that he bolts, and David has no time to recapture him.
Back in the story, we see very little of Emma and Snow. Mulan has them trailing behind the horses until they reach her camp. When Snow tries to fight back and escape, the two are thrown into the pit. And the only other soul inside the pit is “a friend.” I don’t think I would consider Cora a friend, but Emma and Snow will have to figure that one out for themselves.
Posted on October 26, 2012, in Once Upon A Time, SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror and tagged broken, charming, cora, curse, david, dwarves, emblem, emma, evil, gold, henry, jefferson, mad hatter, magic, mirror, mulan, once upon a time, ouat, portal, prince charming, regina, rumpelstiltskin, s2e02, snow, snow white, spell, spell book, storybrook, storybrooke, swan. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.