Friday, January 4, 2013

Once Upon a Flames

Sorry for the prolonged absence.  The holidays are always quite busy for me, and my volunteer gig needed me a few extra times for holiday-related events.  I'm also still on the job hunt, preparing stuff for an upcoming convention and immersed in the 3000 page three-volume translation of Arabian Nights that came out a few years ago.  I am, however, hoping to post more consistently this year.

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 8: "Into the Deep"

As deduced in the previous episode, Henry and Aurora share the dream of the fiery chamber, and once the two are able to make contact and determine their respective identities, the two begin to play a lengthy game of telephone, delivering messages back and forth between the worlds.  Once our reformed villains learn that
 Cora is alive and well and plotting her return, Rumpel gives Henry privileged information about how to stop her.  Unfortunately, Aurora's group is attacked, forcing her awake before she can receive the information.

The Maine group then stupidly decided that, because Henry was burnt while in the dream, it is too dangerous for him to continue relaying messages. So David asks for Regina and Rumpel to concoct a sleeping curse so that he may play messenger (though really this is because he hopes that Snow will be the one he meets).  And, as Aurora is kidnapped, it is indeed Snow with whom David meets in fiery dreamland.  Unfortunately for David, the two are incorporeal in dreamland, and thus unable to kiss and break his newly minted sleeping curse.  Oops.

For the most part, I enjoyed this episode, as it gave Henry an opportunity to shine (no pun intended) and allowed both of our former baddies the chance to do something good not just for Henry, but for all of Storybrooke.  I do have to wonder, though, why neither Rumpel nor Regina bothered to poke the necessary holes in David's scheme.  Could there be a reason they might want him out of the picture?

This episode didn't spend any time unraveling loose plot threads, though it did a good job of moving the plot forward and bridging the gap between casts.  I'm planning on watching and posting about episode nine this weekend before the new episodes start airing, so I'm hoping for some answers in the mid-season finale.

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