Once Upon A Time: 7:15 A.M.

22 Jan

Ok, so here’s the deal. I love Once Upon A Time. I love Snow White and Prince Charming, and am sad when episodes aren’t about them. But this episode, which did center on them, was disappointing, because as it turns out, I really don’t like Prince Charming’s Storybrooke counterpart very much. David is actually kind of a jerk. So, he tells Mary Margaret he has these feelings for her and wants to leave his wife and please meet him at this bridge so he knows she wants to be with him too and they can be happy forever. Then she shows up, but he’s remembered his fake Katherine memories and says he has to give the marriage a try. Understandable, if depressing. But now, in this episode, he keeps making puppy dog eyes at Mary Margaret, tells her he still has feelings for her, tries to kiss her, and then, when she tells him Katherine might be pregnant, freaks out. He goes to talk to Katherine, who says she’s not pregnant and relieved she’s not because things aren’t right between them and will he go to marriage counseling, and instead of manning up and saying you know what Katherine, you’re right, things aren’t good between us and I’m in love with someone else, he agrees to go to marriage counseling. Still somewhat understandable, if unfair to her: he’s trying to do what he thinks is right. Plus he decides to stop staging accidental run-ins with Mary Margaret. But THEN he runs into Mary Margaret actually accidentally, and when he tells her that Katherine isn’t pregnant, they decide it’s a good time to make out? Even though he JUST told his wife he would go to marriage counseling with her? NOT ACCEPTABLE. And it’s not like Mary Margaret comes off great in this either – this guy basically dumped her then wouldn’t leave her alone, and now, because his wife isn’t pregnant, she decides she won’t fight her feelings anymore? When he still has, you know, a WIFE? Who he has not said he is leaving? Ugh. I know absent the curse they’re the ones who are married and all, but still. Also, way to make out in broad daylight in the middle of town, you guys. Real sneaky. The fact that Mary Margaret used both “morning” and “a.m.” to describe a time (“He comes here every morning at 7:15 a.m.”) also did not help her win any points with me in this episode. That is one of my biggest, most soul-hurting pet peeves. Blurgh.

As for Prince Charming and Snow White, their whole story was really sad, but ultimately kind of doesn’t matter. So Prince Charming’s fake dad tells Snow she has to make Charming believe she doesn’t love him or the king will have him killed. Now, I always have issues with plot points like this because I feel like it would make more sense for the person being forced to say something or else to just tell the truth – like, “Hey, I can’t be with you/see you ever again/whatever because your fake dad/a scary person/whatever told me they’d kill you/me/whatever otherwise.” That way at least everyone’s sad for the right reasons, I guess. But whatever, I’ll go with it – Snow has to make Charming believe she is not in love with him. So she does, and it’s all very sad, but he either doesn’t believe her or has determined he’s going to force her into falling in love with him (very charming) and goes after her. Now it would appear this is leading to the scene where he finds her post apple curse, and I still think that’s the next time he’s going to see her, based on how that scene went. So the fact that it turns out that Snow’s drunk Rumple’s forgetting potion and has no idea who Charming is anymore doesn’t really matter, because she clearly remembers him once he kisses her and wakes her up. So yes it was surprising that she drank the stuff, but the fact that we’ve already seen that they get married and so on makes it, for me at least, pretty devoid of any emotional impact. Also, speaking of that kiss, why didn’t Mary Margaret’s and David’s kiss make them remember who they are? I know we’re a little early in the game for that, but it really doesn’t make sense. I would say that the Queen was so annoyed that the apple curse had been broken by a kiss that she made sure this curse didn’t have that loophole, but Graham got his memories back when he kissed Emma. Maybe the whole town just has to kiss Emma specifically? That would make for some awkward moments.

Other random notes:

  • I like how in this fairy tale world, Red Riding Hood’s name is actually just Red. Are her middle and last names actually Riding and Hood? Cruel parents! Fingers crossed it’s really a nickname.
  • Poor Stealthy. The unheralded eighth dwarf! Sidenote, whenever the dwarves have come up on this show, and especially in this episode, all I’ve been able to think about is the Snow White edition of the “Advice for young girls” series on youtube from Second City. “It’s really fun to give your friends nicknames based on their most obvious features, much like a frat house would. Sneezy actually has a very severe medical problem. Dopey is a pothead. And a big dumbass.” (Watch the whole thing; you won’t be sorry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT2R3E7vDUc&feature=relmfu)
  • I’m glad we found out what’s in the new guy’s box already, and I’m wondering who he’s supposed to be, but I think it’s a little strange Emma was so concerned about the box but didn’t bother to even ask him his name. Priorities, Emma!
  • It amuses me to no end when Emma and Mary Margaret have scenes together where they talk about David. The fact that those are her parents just adds a funny factor for me that will never go away.
  • Rumple REALLY needs to stop with the creepy laugh every five seconds. You aren’t saying anything funny! You are just freaking me out/annoying me! Stop it!

I guess that’s about it. Here’s hoping David and Mary Margaret redeem themselves soon!

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