Friday, November 23, 2012

Once Upon a Portland?

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 6: "Tallahassee"

As mentioned in my previous post, I am, unfortunately, rather behind on my posts due to events in real life.  So it should come as no surprise that I am behind in watching the television shows I frequently view.  This episode aired several weeks ago, but I only just got around to watching it.

Despite being titled "Tallahassee," the majority of the episode takes place (in flashback) in Portland, Oregon.  Is there some mandate that all fairy tale television shows must use Portland in some manner?  I half-expected Monroe to make an appearance.  Our heroine, Emma Swan, steals her now-familiar VW Bug, only to find a man, Neal Cassaday, in the backseat.  Cassaday then tells her that he, too, had stolen the car and they soon become a small-time Bonnie and Clyde outfit robbing convenience stores.  Love soon follows.
However, Cassaday is wanted for robbing a watch shop at which he was once employed back in Phoenix.  Emma, determined to make things work, offers to fence the watches so they may be together.  But August shows up and things go differently than planned.

In the fairy tale present, Emma and Hook climb a beanstalk to the stronghold of the last remaining giant in order to steal a compass.  Somewhat predictably, Emma does not trust Hook (nor should she) and she abandons him to the giant, who viewers learn is not the monster he is made out to be in tales.

Another interesting episode, which I'm sure pleased viewers longing to know more of Emma's backstory.  I was surprised that an episode sans both Rumpel and Regina was able to carry itself so well.  Like many other viewers, I am curious as to Cassaday's true identity, as his name is likely a pseudonym taken from the Beat author.  Without spoiling too much for those who have yet to see this episode, there is also scene in which he calmly accepts a magical act, which would be rather unbelievable for a mundane to do.  It was also wonderful to see this episode link back to the beginning scene of the season opener.  The pieces of the puzzle are certainly adding up.  One just wonders how much longer the series can sustain itself after its biggest revelations are presented.

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