‘Once Upon a Time’ recap: Emma Swan — the Dark One — meets a brave Merida

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dark Swan Rises! Once Upon a Time Bosses Weigh in Season 5’s Quest to Save Emma, Camelot Mystery and More.

In the episode’s jaw-dropping final moments, our world was rocked as we learned that Storybrooke’s finest failed in their attempt to rescue Emma () from the clutches of the darkness, leading her to go full-on Dark Swan.When Once Upon a Time returned on Sunday, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) landed in the Enchanted Forest with a new mentor — the Darkness within her took on the form of Rumple (Robert Carlyle) — who encouraged her to embrace her new dark side.

Storybrooke is going to look a little different in season five of “Once Upon a Time,” since the show’s supposed Savior, Emma Swan, has officially turned to the dark side and embraced her mantle as the Dark One. Hoping to rid the darkness, Emma went in search of Merlin (Elliot Knight) by hunting for the Will o’ the Wisps, which brought her into conflict with Merida (Amy Manson), whose three younger brothers had been kidnapped after the Brave lass took over their kingdom. Despite her friends and family’s best efforts to help Emma fight her evil impulses, the final moments of the season premiere brought our heroes back from Camelot with six weeks of missing memories and one seriously antagonistic Dark Swan hellbent on revenge. And that start begins where all good Once things like to start, season premiere or not: with flashbacks, and a young Emma visiting a movie theater in Minneapolis in 1989. (The movie that’s being shown?

While the mystery of what exactly happened in Camelot that Dark Swan wants to punish our heroes for will be resolved sooner rather than later, don’t expect a speedy resolution to Emma’s personal crisis. “The darkness, whether it’s taken from her or she gives in to it completely, it’s going to effect her and the ramifications of what happened in this premiere are felt throughout the entire season,” Horowitz revealed. “So, while a lot of the story in the first half we intend to wrap up by midseason, there’s bigger issues that are being introduced…that will carry over through the whole season. The Sword and the Stone, of course.) Emma pick-pockets an Apollo candy bar, but before she can settle in and enjoy the film, she’s interrupted by a theater employee who not only calls her by name, but also cautions her about her actions. Foretold of their arrival in a prophecy from Merlin, King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) and his knights of the roundtable welcomed them back to Camelot, knowing Emma would someday reunite them with the great sorcerer — the very same sorcerer who visited Emma as a child and warned her to never remove the sword in the stone, which was revealed to be missing its tip because it is actually the Dark One’s dagger!

Unfortunately, we won’t know if she actually heeded his warning since everyone suddenly lands back in Storybrooke six weeks later, with no memory of what has transpired — though with the fully transformed Dark Swan swearing vengeance on them all, it probably wasn’t anything good. However, Horowitz promises that “it’s not gonna be the whole winter before we catch up [with what happened during those six weeks], and it’s not necessarily everybody at the same time.” Despite the influx of new characters in Camelot, Horowitz also insists that the story will focus on “our core group of characters and what they’re going through in Camelot with regards to Emma… We’ll see what seems to have happened to her and [explore] that mystery and how they can or can’t help her.” Bad to the bone? As Arthur pulls the sword from the stone on the movie screen, the mystery man tells Emma that one day, she’ll have the opportunity to remove Excalibur — but that she shouldn’t do it. We pick up right where we leave off in terms of everyone in Storybrooke standing over the dagger and realizing that Emma sacrificed herself to save Regina’s happy ending, and save the town, and save everyone. However, her transition into full evil will especially affect those around her. “When you try to save someone you love and you feel helpless in doing it, that’s what we’re going to explore,” Kitsis says. “Emma is off on this thing and it could be a metaphor for addiction, it could be a metaphor for darkness.

Their worries about the prophecy are forgotten when another knight who is hungry for power attempts to take it, only to get poofed away in the process, because apparently the sword is temperamental. The show’s pulled from the Disney animated library for four seasons straight, but season five marks the first appearance of a character from the Pixar canon with the introduction of Brave heroine Merida. Fortunately, it seems Arthur is the actual master, as he steps up to remove it with no problem… only to find out that he’s in possession of half of it. He had good intentions in the decision to do it, and then we watched him through flashbacks struggle with the good and the bad inside of him once he took that on. We love the idea of watching Hook fight for her, as well as Regina and her family, because Emma came to Storybrooke a non-believer, and now she is a leader and she’s united everyone.

It means that it’s within you, and now there is the struggle between what was once you and how to reconcile that with the Darkness that’s also within you at this point. He attempts to use the dagger to call her back, earning him a well-placed dose of snark from Regina (and our first beautiful jab of the season: “Put that thing down before you hurt yourself, Guyliner.” Somewhere, Richard Alpert is super jealous that his nickname was given to a pirate.) Regina smartly assesses the situation by pointing out the dagger’s rules: You can summon anyone from any corner of the world, and the fact that Emma isn’t responding means that wherever she is, she’s not in this one. There are things that she’s faced with where her instinct now is incredibly dark and incredibly violent, but then there’s still that part of her that wants to overcome that — and then that part of her that wants to overcome that is then going to come against that darkness inside of her, and there’s this internal struggle. Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) tried summoning her with the dagger, but Regina (Lana Parrilla) explained that it wouldn’t work since Emma was no longer in their world.

Thankfully, the Apprentice just so happened to have a magical wand on hand that would allow all of them to cross realms and find Emma, but it needed to be wielded by both light and dark magic. She’s incredibly different in the sense that everything that the good Emma has always done has been motivated by wanting to do the right thing and being willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good. The last few minutes set the season up in such a way that you’ll be desperately wishing you had more episodes at your disposal immediately after the premiere.

There’s no agendas of, ‘What are we going to do with this relationship or this ‘ship?’ It’s more about the story we’re telling in the season,” Horowitz insists. “And you can see from the premiere, yeah, at the end of last season, they’re ripped apart, but [in the premiere] they’re back together dealing with the issues.” Kitsis agrees, “He’s very much fighting for her, and I’d say that, like a book, you can’t open ‘Hunger Games’ and then on chapter three go, ‘Why didn’t they tell me who won? All of those things were things that she was constantly pushing down and not dealing with as good Emma and overcoming and making the good, positive choice. So it’s going to be everyone looking at the mayor,” Kitsis notes. “It’s one thing to ask everyone’s forgiveness; it’s another thing to lead people. Merida explained that she needed the wisp to save her three kidnapped brothers, but offered to take Emma along and give her the wisp once she’s done with it.

So we’re gonna see those two – as desperate parents wanting to save their daughter – feeling powerless and not knowing who to trust, so there’s gonna be a bit of palace intrigue. He tells Emma he’s here to train her. “You can’t just walk away from it!” Rumple warns her when she tries to tell him that she won’t hurt the people she loves.

Gold “might wake up,” Kitsis teases, before adding that keeping Carlyle in a coma all season is out of the question. “His arc in Storybrooke is something we haven’t fully seen before. However, Horowitz cautions that there’s still trouble ahead for RumBelle. “It’s important to note that Belle cares what’s happening to Gold right now, but that doesn’t mean that all is forgiven and everything that’s gone on before doesn’t need to be dealt with. Pregnant and angry: Foiled in her attempt to return to Oz, Zelena was brought along on the journey to Camelot, which may ultimately be a mistake on the heroes’ part. “She was willing to cut off her own hand.

But see, four seasons of a back and forth struggle between good and evil have left Regina firmly on the good side, which means she’s pretty much useless. We haven’t seen the last of Merida, whose origin episode will take us back to Dunbroch and give us a glimpse of her family thanks to flashbacks. “Merida’s problem [is] she punches first and asks questions second,” Kitsis notes. “We’re going to find her in the middle of a very intense situation. Naturally, Regina is super against this, but Hook’s super into saving Emma, which is how they all end up in Zelena’s cell, where they effectively manage to ruin The Former Green One’s chi.

Some of it comes out pretty quickly, and then some of it gets hung over our heads a little while through the first several episodes and then starts to come out slowly, but surely over time. I’m sure it wouldn’t happen during sweeps.” The return of Ruby and Mulan: Both familiar faces will be returning for multiple episodes, providing the show an opportunity to fill in the blanks of what’s been happening in their lives these last few years. “We’re not just planning to drop them back in the show with no explanation,” Horowitz says. “We do want to give a taste of where Mulan’s [Jamie Chung] been, what she’s been up to and what she’s been going through, and the same with Red [Meghan Ory]. What’s Emma’s relationship like with her parents right now, since Adam and Eddy have teased she may harbor some anger towards them over what they put her through in the past? Gold remained comatose and on the verge of death in the premiere, Rumplestiltskin got plenty of airtime as the manifestation of all the previous Dark Ones in Emma’s subconscious — serving as the devil on her shoulder despite her efforts to reject the darkness. “There’s different forms of Rumple. But that’s besides the point.) Hook takes measures into his own hands and enlists Henry to help him, because no one in this town goes to school, ever.

After finding out that the book’s newest Author has destroyed the pen because it was simply too evil, and realizing his plan of being able to “magic” Emma back to good won’t work, he gets Henry to agree to help break out Zelena. It does.” Kitsis agrees, “When something really horrible happens to someone, you tend to push pause and make sure they’re okay and then you can go back to being mad at them.” It’s just good to keep in mind the motivations for someone, because if Emma, as her good self, was faced with a struggle or something that was painful, her first reaction would be, “How do I overcome this, and what do I do to make this better?” Emma, surrendered to the Darkness, faced with something that hurts her or upsets her, her first reaction is, “How do I destroy what hurt me?” It’s not entirely the metaphor that we’re using for it, but if you were to consider extreme, extreme depression, if you’re consumed with the heaviness of extreme depression, your decision making would be really different than when you had a balanced amount of serotonin in your mind and you were feeling light, and connected, and present.

Regina realizes that Zelena will use her newfound freedom to go to Robin first, which she does. (Do you think Zelena will pretend to be Robin, who just put his son down for a nap? If you chose Regina, you’re right!) According to Zelena, Robin is “the key to everything” and while this line is never followed up on, I’m not dumb enough to throw it away.

It becomes an accumulation of the events that happen after the surrender or sacrifice that add up to her having these resentments, and selfishness, and all those things. It’s interesting because, so far, what you’ll see is that Henry (Jared Gilmore) is Emma’s kryptonite as Dark Swan, because that love is so pure and so strong and similar to how Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James) was kryptonite to Rumple’s Darkness. There was something about that bond that makes it hard to completely lean into the Darkness, and so I would say Henry has the most powerful effect on keeping her from wanting to lean into the Darkness. And with the portal already opened, they can use it to find Emma. (It’s a twister, it’s a twister!) The group takes shelter inside Granny’s, and Regina uses Emma’s baby blanket to “channel” the cyclone that will transport them.

It’s always a complicated thing between Dark Swan and Hook because it’s a mixture of her true feelings with her new capacity for these darker deeds. That clearly affects them, and it clearly affects whether or not he can trust her decision making, and he knows that because he has been dark, and he was a villain at some point.

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