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Once Upon A Time, S6E8: “I’ll Be Your Mirror”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Ok, back after a couple weeks off. I see we are still in Ladyhawke mode. 
  • Had we established Regina had powers over all mirrors?  That seems like it would have come in handy for her in the past. 
  • Actually, this might be the best Snow and Charming’s relationship has ever been. 
  • Henry and Violet are so undramatic for such a constantly tumultuous romance. 
  • Man, Regina really isn’t firing on all cylinders lately. 
  • I feel as though Henry and Co. might have come up with tells for each other by now, in case of shape shifters. 
  • Oh man, Belle. Why in God’s Name would you think Zelina gives a rat’s ass about you or your baby?
  • Too bad the Will Scarlett dude from Wonderland’s contract apparently ran out, since he used to be the best thief in town. 
  • Belle now turning to full-out villain, as she guilt-trips some guy she doesn’t even know into sacrificing himself for her and her baby. 
  • The real person responsible for her sitch is, of course BELLE, and her chronically bad decision-making process. 
  • Still don’t get why Gold is so quick to get into bed, figuratively and literally, with the Evil Queen, when it seems clear it would serve him better with Belle to side against her. Isn’t she his whole purpose now?
  • Why does Evil Queen keep looking like she’s tearing up every time she talks to Henry?  Surely she can’t be capable of good impulses, the way Regina is capable of bad? 
  • I thought she was just the evil bits, not a fully developed person. 
  • Oh, oops. No one forgets a slouching nag. 
  • Shouldn’t Belle have a key to the shop by now?
  • I see Henry has the same success rate as his moms. 
  • I think they have had better dragons before. 
  • Did Emma just try stopping this dragon by throwing a rock at it while it flew by?
  • Ok, I thought they had a plan of some sort. Why did they start screaming for Henry to help them?
  • Henry:  Still the smartest guy in the room. 
  • Good thing Hook has so much practice shaking off concussions by now. 
  • Uhm, did we forget about the Dragon, who’s still stuck back there in the mirror?
  • Without his heart?
  • Jasmine might feel better about herself if she’d seen Belle try to talk Gold out of helping Emma get Hook back from the Underworld. 
  • Belle, don’t you think struggling before he slapped the cuff on you would have been more useful?
  • This must be the easiest week of work ever for Goodwin and Dallas. They basically just smooch and nap for the whole thing. 
  • Henry, you are so worth a better storyline than this cringeworthy teen romance. 
  • Oh ew
  • I guess Evil Queen and Gold were plotting something, but I was too busy pouring bleach in my eyes after they licked each other’s open mouth. 
  • Although, still less ew than Gold and Belle. 
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Once Upon A Time, S6E6: “Dark Waters”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • That’s right Killian. No one will ever look for tools in a toolbox in a tool shed. 
  • Zelina lost her babysitter. Sad!
  • Oh honey, let him go. He’s just not that into Agrabah. 
  • What is Emma, the Town Lost and Found?  I think Jasmine can handle looking down the street for Aladdin on her own. 
  • No wonder the saviors get used up so fast. 
  • I’m not sure pirates historically had a huge grapefruit-based diet. 
  • Parilla is loving this season. 
  • Killian’s master secateur plan lasted all of about five minutes. 
  • I’ve seen Nemo, sir, and you are no James Mason. 
  • I really thought he was going to say “purpose,” instead of “family.”
  • I have still never bought the idea that Hook was so attached to Mila that he took on this life-long vendetta against Rumple for her. 
  • I tend to think his hand was kind of a bigger loss. And his pride. 
  • I guess Henry hasn’t been caught up on his Walt Disney Studio Live Action film catalog. 
  • Ugh. Belle is such a sap. 
  • Henry seems a little too bright to be so totally swayed by the Evil Queen so fast. 
  • I like how Nemo doesn’t pay attention to the huge monster or the flailing and screaming until someone actually says “Nemo.”
  • He’s mastered the art of selective attention. 
  • Carlyle and Parilla’s scenes are always my favorites. Such good takes on the different aspects of menace. 
  • Emma’s kind of fond of parking on the wrong side of the road. 
  • Maybe the ultimate problem with the savior, is that they inhibit people from saving themselves. 
  • Henry’s getting pretty big to still be playing the kid card. 
  • Well that could have gone better. 
  • The Jones family has kind of a genetic predisposition towards regret killings. 
  • So if Agrabah is gone, why’s Jasmine so anxious to find Aladddin anyway?
  • Remember last week when Snow decided she really wanted to be a teacher?  And before that, when she decided that she really didn’t want to be Mary Margaret anymore?
  • Now with the hospital volunteer work, it’s like she’s basically regressed back to Mary Margaret at her most passive. 
  • All she needs is to sleep with Dr. Whale again to finish it off. 
  • Belle’s plot of ludicrous indecision is so non-compelling. 
  • I really don’t get the relative timelines of the Untold Stories. 
  • Good thing Emma and Hook have a relationship based on mutual distrust. 
  • Didn’t Rumple just say his most important lesson was “don’t take what’s mine?”
  • I don’t know how good a student Regina was. 
  • Belle continues her role as the Town Dupe. 
  • Every time actors have a scene where they have to be that close together, my flesh crawls. Personal bubble!

Once Upon A Time, S5E22: Season Finale: “Only You” and “Untold Story”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
Only You
  • I always like how you can instantly tell how good/evil anyone is, by how dark their makeup is. 
  • Also, Regina’s hair is always so much better when she goes evil. 
  • Glad Rumple just carts Belle around inside that little box all the time, like she’s jewelry.
  • Nice going Killian.
  • Well Emma does seem a little forgetful about how she felt when she went all psycho about Hook and everyone told her to go take a nap.
  • Oh come on Henry.  Are you joining up with the Peter Pan coalition now?
  • Yeah, that’s not creepy at all, asking some girl that you barely know to run away with you for who knows how long.
  • Ok Henry, how come you don’t just write out “all the magic’s gone” or “the crystal is destroyed?”
  • Oh hi Rumple.
  • It’s hard to think that the whole town would disintegrate without magic, when the town actually was totally without magic for a couple of minutes first season after Emma broke the spell and before Rumple brought magic back.
  • Ugh, Merida is the worst.
  • Remember when no one could make a portal because all the beans were gone?  Now it’s like portals everywhere.
  • Pretty sure that’s not covered under AppleCare.
  • Also hilarious that with all her power, Regina still has a flip phone.
  • If you were Violet, would you really run off to a different part of the country with some strange guy without even taking a pair of pants?
  • I’m guessing that arrow feather is going to be a big deal next season.
  • Maybe everyone should stand back?
  • Granny’s all “thanks for leaving me with the baby.”
  • Who still keeps maps in their car?!
  • Although, I guess if you’re still rocking the flip phone, you’re not going to to be asking Siri for directions.
  • A little worrisome that Regina routinely travels around with a 4-inch needle  on her.
  • Realistically, who hasn’t ever wanted to do that to a parking guy?
  • Do we really think Neal genuinely wanted to do away with magic?  Or was that the influence of that girl who was pretending to be his fiancée who was working for Peter Pan to do away with magic for…reasons?
  • Don’t taze me, bro.
  • Emperor Palpatine in his earlier days.
  • From when she was little to now, Snow will just spill everything to anyone.
  • Snow would make the worst spy.
  • You would think Hook could start stabbing at this dude’s hand with his hook.
  • “You’re just saying that because you feel bad about ripping her heart out in Camelot.”
  • True, dat.
  • So Regina gave this book to Robin?  How did it end up in Neal’s apartment?
  • Also, good thing that no one in New York ever needs an apartment so they left this one totally untouched for the year or so since he died.
  • Parilla really looks good in this scene.
  • Rumple must have been thinking “wow, I can’t believe I have to listen to all this maudlin soul-searching just to find out where I have to go to kill my grandson.”
  • The Librarian is all “no one comes here because everyone else in the world uses this thing called ‘the internet.'”
  • Henry used to know how to use the internet when he used it to find Emma, but apparently magic makes your googling skills rusty.
  • …Or, Henry could just write with his pen “the solution to all their problems showed up right now.”
  • I’ve seen a lot of hospital labs and doctors, and I’m pretty sure none of them were set up for wand reattachment.
  • Good thing the library doesn’t have any alarm system for all its totally rare and mystical artifacts.
  • That was the shortest fight in the history of fights.
  • I never know why anyone thinks they can go up against Rumple.
  • In Steampunk Land, it appears magic is basically electricity.
  • Oops.
  • Well, I’m not so sure the book version of Hyde looked like Sam Witwer, but ok.
  • Actually Henry, your dad initially got gone when his fake fiancée shot him, sans magic.
  • Although, I guess he did fall into a portal right afterwards, but that actually saved his life, so really it was kind of a wash.
  • Regina just likes phlebotomy.
  • You would think, in a hospital, they’d have a bandage for that cut on Hyde’s face.
  • If Hyde wants to leave, why doesn’t he just make a portal back to Storybrooke with the wand?  Cut out the middleman.
  • Rumple can still take Belle around the world in the box.  He won’t even have to pay for an extra airline seat.
  • Once again, faced with a choice, Rumple went for the magic and not his family.
  • At least we got rid of Merida.
An Untold Story
  • Actually, isn’t Hyde just as clever as Jekyll?
  • Because he’s the same guy?
  • “Before we find him, we have to have a way to defeat him.”
  • Already Jekyll is smarter than Coulson.
  • Oh wow, this is some sketchy CG.
  • This is like the Land of Central Casting.
  • Like they just rounded up everyone on the lot that day who had their own costume.
  • Rumple apparently not going the subtle route.
  • Man, Rumple is going to drain this poor room service guy’s blood or something.
  • So the hotel is nice enough to have solid silver platters for room service, but not nice enough to get your order right.
  • At least Granny knows how to text.
  • Emma is reusing her “we have to be smart about this” line from the first half.
  • Rumple is not going to buy this.
  • That is a lot of liquid he just milked out of that flower.
  • I also kind of feel like Jekyll and Hyde is actually…a told story?
  • If Hyde wanted the potion, why didn’t he just let Jekyll finish it ages ago?
  • Rumple is always the smartest guy in the room.
  • “For better or worse, this is now who you are:  Guilt-ridden and weak.”
  • Scalpel back to Dr. Rumple.
  • Carlyle does such a good job with Evil!Gold! So controlled.
  • We will probably forget this moment, but maybe we should subsequently remember that Rumple was actually going to kill Regina and Emma right here.
  • Is there some reason Rumple doesn’t just smack the cup out of Henry’s hands right now?
  • Yikes, that was kinda gross.
  • Hyde gave birth to Jekyll.
  • Zelina finally found someone to fireball.
  • Why in God’s Name would Jekyll tell Snow to leave the taser, when that was the only thing that would even slow Hyde down?
  • Oh right, Rumple.  Like you had any intention of rescuing anyone but Belle.
  • Ha ha!  Gold knew Storybrooke was fine without magic all the time.
  • Grumpy! Henry!
  • Oh hey, I thought Neal’s fake fiancée killed this dude a long time ago.
  • So The Dragon won’t help dark souls, but he was willing to help August, who ran out on Emma, abandoned her as a baby, got her tossed in jail, and stole her money.
  • Although I guess I remember that he charged him pretty well for it.
  • Gold is all “this is the stupidest thing we have ever done.”
  • Why was Charming leading them through the CG square?  He hadn’t ever been there.
  • It’s a good thing Henry has the heart of the Truest Believer, because otherwise, this would be really embarrassing for him.
  • These guys are all “why is someone pitching pennies at us?”
  • The New Yorkers are all “best street performers ever!”
  • Ok Emma, I think it’s a little overestimation to say that the thirty people in this square are “the world.”
  • Well, here’s the thing, Regina:  The Evil Queen isn’t some alien residing inside you that you can blame for everything.  She is actually you.  Wanting her to be gone so you don’t have to be sorry anymore is just trying to escape consequences.
  • That’s not really hero-ish.
  • Oh noooo, Snow.
  • You cannot seriously be thinking that this is a good idea.
  • In the first season, didn’t Charming give a whole speech to all of Storybrooke about how they had to embrace their lame cursed selves because they were just part of themselves?
  • Trying to separate yourself into good and evil bits never did anything good for anyone.
  • Did we learn nothing from “The Enemy Within!?”
  • Man, if you actually stuck someone with a needle that long, it would come out the other side of her wrist.
  • Oh, gross.  Again.
  • The Evil Queen had such cool clothes.
  • Why is good Regina taller than evil Regina?
  • Look, you can dust the Evil Queen, but I’m pretty sure the people she killed are still dead.
  • It’s not like the acts you did went away, Regina.  You still did them.
  • LOL that three of them apparently had to mash into the back of Gold’s car.
  • Did that put magic back into everywhere?  The Olympian Crystal seems like it had extra super duper magic in addition to Storybrooke’s magic.
  • Extra LOL that they apparently didn’t have enough budget to show Hyde’s “friends,” even after he introduced and presented them.
  • Maybe Darth Maul will be one of them.
  • Meanwhile, The Dragon is all “oh no, not again.”
Thoughts on the Season
  • So I think the whole “Dark Swan” storyline had some interesting pieces in it, particularly as it fleshed out the mythos of The Dark Ones.
  • Where it let me down a little was the whole Camelot bit, which seemed kind of poorly done technically, and ultimately unnecessary.
  • I might have felt better about it if, at the end, they had changed things around for Camelot, but actually they didn’t.
  • Everyone there, as far as we know, is still under the sway of Arthur’s roofie dust, including Guinevere, who he basically date-raped for the last several years of their marriage.
  • Also Merida was given the most annoying treatment since Mulan.  Constantly making poor decisions, taking wrong actions, and generally being kind of an irritant.
  • Ultimately, Emma didn’t really get all that dark, which I guess made it easier for her to come back without that much baggage.
  • I think the Underworld half worked better for me, although I had some issues with Hades.  The concept of limbo was interesting and the characters moving on or becoming lost forever meant the stories were more circumscribed.
  • In general, it seemed like a lot of the major arcs had the potential to go on for longer, but then in the interests of time, just got abruptly truncated.
  • I also have a lot of questions now about TRUE LOVE.
  • Remember back in the day, when Rumple did all this work to get tissue samples from Snow and Charming so he could work TRUE LOVE into his spell, because it was the rarest thing in the galaxy or something?
  • But this season alone, we got no less than three new couples of TRUE LOVE:  Hades/Zelina, Dorothy/Red, and Hook/Emma.
  • Also, I guess one failed TRUE LOVE couple, Gold/Belle.
  • In the first place, boy howdy, does TRUE LOVE not take that much time, because both Hades/Zelina and Dorothy/Red seem to have known each other for about half an hour before their love had reached critical mass and could vanquish the curses of Gods.
  • However, I guess I don’t really know what the qualifications are for TRUE LOVE, because on the one hand, Gold can’t wake up Belle because…she doesn’t love him?
  • But in this episode, Emma clarifies that it doesn’t work because Belle doesn’t want to be with him–which seems more reasonable than that she doesn’t love him, given that she just killed a dude for him.
  • If she does still love him though, you would think that it would actually still qualify for TRUE LOVE, just not maybe PERFECT LOVE, or even APPROPRIATE LOVE.
  • And on the other hand, Hades and Zelina did make the grade for TRUE LOVE even though it became clear later on that if he did love her, he certainly didn’t love her as much as he loved power–much like Rumple.
  • But that was ok, because…she didn’t know it at the time of the kiss?  So basically you can keep your TRUE LOVE status even if you are totally deceiving your partner, as long as they don’t find out?
  • For that matter then, it doesn’t seem like Belle’s plan of getting her Dad to wake her up would have worked either, because even though she loved him, it wasn’t like she wanted to be with him, either.
  • (Because he was kind of a suck Dad.)
  • Even Hook and Emma, although they have clearly made a lot of sacrifices for each other, seem like kind of a new relationship to get the TRUE LOVE stamp of approval.
  • When they get right down to it, neither one of them had a whole lot of confidence that they even had TRUE LOVE, whereas I’m pretty sure Snow and Charming were both 100% on the TRUE LOVE train from early on in their acquaintance, without having to get tested for it.
  • They kind of seem more like DESPERATE LOVE,  or EVERYONE ELSE IS PAIRED UP OR DEAD LOVE.
  • Anyway, on the final teaser for next season, I think that by now, everyone should know better than to try to split their evil selves off.
  • I do kind of understand what might have motivated it though:  Regina with her TRUE LOVE and new commitment to virtue was actually becoming pretty dull.
  • But by this time we had gone through the switchback between good and evil so often with her, it wasn’t really viable to have her go dark again.
  • This way we can keep her Hero (mostly) Status, and also have Parilla chewing the scenery as the Evil Queen, which is a nice compromise.
  • Looking forward to next season, exploring the duality of good vs. evil, and hopefully a bigger CG budget.

Once Upon A Time, S5E05: “Dreamcatcher”

Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Wow, Emma just found out the whole plot from the last three episodes in one dreamcatcher.
  • Ouch, Emma.
  • Poor cowardly Gold.
  • Merida.  Still not a Rhodes scholar.
  • Ooo.  Emma’s decorating in early crazy period.
  • How much variety has Emma experienced, in magic?
  • Oh Henry.  This might not be the way to go.
  • Oops.  Hi Sir Violet’s father.
  • Sir Morgan has the same attitude towards potential writer son-in-laws as every father ever.
  • This is a pretty miserable day for Gold.
  • I can’t help thinking Emma could have found a faster way to go about this, than trying to make the most cowardly person in town brave.
  • Off we go, in the VW of evil.
  • The Mom’s talk of pep.
  • Have to say, given the success rate Emma and Regina have had in romance, I don’t know that I’d take advice from them.
  • Henry’s winning over Violet with the power of Pepsi.
  • Oh man, Henry.
  • Dude, Violet is just not that into you.
  • Well, it’s hard to think of what the boys look like in Camelot, where a guy with good dental hygiene isn’t attractive.
  • Merida really throws herself into her work.
  • Henry, horse-whisperer.
  • That’s a pretty big guess to see a piece of rope and assume it was tying up Gold.
  • How did Hook know that was in the box?  Or that the box was important?
  • Aw Henry.
  • Regina’s always thinking.
  • Hey, it’s the movie usher guy!
  • Arthur is kind of a sad man-child.
  • Say, that’s the best person Snow and Charming could confide in.
  • At least they’re consistent throughout realities.
  • Well at least Henry is doing better in this world.
  • I feel like we might be confusing bravery with pugilism.
  • Oh, this will not go well at all.
  • Well it’s true, Emma is still a deputy sheriff.  She has the right to call people on breaking and entering.
  • I’m not sure Henry should be all that distraught, when he can’t remember any of this happening, and things are clearly going OK now.
  • That was a good scene.  Morrison and Parilla are really good together.
  • I don’t know if Regina has ever had a scene in that doorway that she hasn’t won.
  • Notice that now that Regina’s good, her hair’s gotten longer.
  • I wonder if buns make you evil.

Once Upon A Time, S4E22: “Operation Mongoose, Part 1 and 2”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Walt Disney died December 15, 1966, making it pretty clear that he was The Author that predated Isaac Heller.
  • Maybe The Apprentice and The Sorcerer should vet their recruitment process a little more.
  • He may be a hack, but wow, Isaac is a fast writer.
  • Did Isaac follow him in?  Or did he get sucked in?
  • I love that they even gave Rumple HERO TEETH.
  • Poor Regina cannot catch a break for anything.  No happy ending as a villain or a hero.
  • Ok, we might have needed that book, Regina.
  • So was Charming not actually turned evil?  He would have been a hero if Snow didn’t have his heart?
  • How did Regina manage to get James killed as a little girl?  He was a prince, not a vulnerable stable boy.
  • Robin Hood:  A sucker in any reality.
  • Actually, how do people like Henry and Isaac get around so easily in the Enchanted Forest?  It’s not like they have horses, or carriages, and yet they move from town to port to castle like it’s nothing.
  • Things must be pretty close if you can get from some inland village to Hook’s ship that day by just jogging.
  • You can put the hero in the villain, but apparently you can’t take the villain out of the villain.
  • Henry is kind of badass in this episode.  I guess he got a lot of rest from not being in most of the rest of the season.
  • For a prison that was supposed to be impossible to find or enter, a kid and a quivering deckhand did both pretty nonchalantly.
  • Good thing Emma knows every pirate ship keeps cannonballs connected to a large chain net around for emergencies.
  • I guess now that dwarf is known as “Deady.”
  • Just a thought, but maybe Emma and Henry should start running about now.
  • Oh ouch.
  • So…Did Zelena know all the time?  Why was The Author so nice to her, and so crappy to Regina?  They were both kinda evil.
  • Why is Isaac so happy?  The book is over, but isn’t he now stuck in this world with no health or dental care just like everyone else?
  • Oh Emma.  So close to a nice moment.
  • I feel like it’s kind of a jump to go from your resentment at your TV salesman boss to hating all heroes.
  • It seems like you could bring someone back from the dead by just writing that it never happened.  Like it was their evil twin or something.
  • Well great:  Now how are you going to be The Author without a pen?
  • Oh Belle.  Still such a sap.
  • Ok, the person that is making out like a bandit?  Granny.  Every time they have a celebration, she must rake in dough for catering.
  • I’m sure Maleficent is happy that Lily is telling everyone around town she doesn’t know who the father is.
  • There must be like 5 people in town who can’t rip people’s hearts out.
  • Why did the Black Evil kill the Apprentice, but not Regina?
  • Why didn’t Emma do her magical exorcism on Regina, like she did for the Apprentice?
  • Well, I guess it didn’t work out all that well for him, in retrospect.
  • Maybe the Apprentice could have just left, like, half the evil in Rumple’s heart, and then kept the rest in the magical Tupperware.
  • I feel like we could have picked a less powerful person to contain the evil.  Or Pongo.