Once Upon A Time — The Crocodile (S2E04)

(My review of the last episode of Once Upon A Time, Lady of the Lake)

In the first level of the story, in the past, Rumpelstiltskin is ashamed to find that his wife has left him. She left him for a life at sea with a group of pirates, because she couldn’t take Rumple’s cowardice any longer. Killian Jones, the captain of the pirates, agrees to return Milah to her husband if he is willing to duel for her. Killian astutely tells him that “A man unwilling to fight for what he wants, deserves what he gets.” The next time the two meet, Rumple has the powers of the Dark One. Killian only shows a little fear once he realizes who he is dealing with, and is quick to lie about Milah’s whereabouts, insisting that she is already dead. Rumple forces Killian to duel, but before he can kill the pirate, Milah returns to protect him. When pressed, Milah admits that she was the coward when she left Bae. An apology is not enough for the Dark One, so he plunges his hand into her chest and crushes her heart. Her last words are directed at Killian, expressing her love. Rumple refuses to kill Killian, he wants him to suffer the loss of his loved one, just as he did. Instead he chops off his hand and turns him into the Captain Hook we know from the tales.

William Smee approached Rumpelstiltskin with a proposal, for eternal life (he agrees to returning his youth), he can retrieve a bean that will work as a portal to another world. And since Rumple is looking for Bae, this is the perfect item for him. But before Smee can retrieve the bean, Killian gets a hold of it. Rumple believed that the bean was in the Captain’s hand when he chopped it off, but was not pleased at being duped. Instead, Killian tossed the bean into the water, creating a whirlpool. Captain Hook is off to Neverland to find a way to avenge Milah’s death. And to get there, he finds Cora, who has the purple potion she created from the remnants of the magic wardrobe. Together they can take over Storybrooke.

In the real world, Belle can’t stand that Gold is still practicing magic and confronts him. He insists that he needs the magic to fuel his power. Really all he needs is courage to let her in and he will find happiness, but since he won’t, Belle walks out on him. She confides in Ruby, who offers her a place to stay and a possible job at the library. When she visits the library, Mr. Smee kidnaps her. Gold is genuinely concerned for her, so he visits her brother, with whom he has bad blood. He is furious at her second disappearance. Gold knows that the only way to get any help is to push at David’s weak points: he has lost people too, he knows what it’s like. With Ruby’s wolf-y senses, they track Belle down to the local flower shop, the one Belle’s brother owns.

Smee had kidnapped Belle upon her brother’s request. When she refused to give up on Rumpelstiltskin, he sent her into the tunnels. He will do anything to make her forget that monster, even if she will forget him. When Gold saves his one true love, she still won’t take him back. His one true ailment is his cowardice, and if he can’t conquer that, then he can’t be with her. When he gives her the key to the library, she is sure that he did it just to win her back. But he took David’s relationship advice and was truly honest with her. He is a coward and he collects magic and power to make up for it, and it made him lose his son. He brought magic to Storybrooke so he could try to find his son, but if he leaves the city limits, he will completely forget who Bae is. And now he is trapped by himself in this town, and all he can do to keep himself upright is use magic and try to maintain his power.

(My review of the next episode of Once Upon A Time, The Doctor)

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About MockingSilence

Just an opinionated teenage girl who watches too much TV.

Posted on November 6, 2012, in Once Upon A Time, SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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