Saturday, February 16, 2013

Once Upon a Time...At the Hospital

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 12: "In the Name of the Father"

Summary: Emma and the crew arrive at the scene of the car/shooting accident and escort all parties involved to the hospital.  The driver of the car, an outsider from Pennsylvania, has been seriously injured, and there is some debate as to whether or not he should be saved, as he may have seen magic being cast by Rumpel.  Ultimately, the group decides to save him, but Dr. Whale cannot be found.

Rumpel tries to help Belle, who is extremely hostile toward him and amnesiac, having crossed over the town line without her object of power.  Emma confronts Hook about Cora, though he is less than helpful, and questions the outsider about what he saw (after Dr. Whale has been tracked down by Ruby and performed a successful surgery).

Cora, meanwhile, forms a truce with Rumpel and snakes her way back into Regina's life.

The episode ends with Rumpel asking Emma to accompany him on his quest to find Bae, as repayment for her deal with him from last season.

In the fairybacks, more is revealed about Whale's past, namely his brother's death, father's disapproval, and Rumpel's visit to learn about science.  Honestly, not that much new material was revealed.

It was a decent episode, though not quite as good as the last one.  I enjoyed the use of technicolor for Rumpel's appearance in the otherwise black-and-white world of Scienceland.  It reminded me quite a bit of Oz and how color was used to represent fantasy and/or magic.

I have some complaints, though.  Even being amnesiac, I think Belle was being overly hostile.  I know I am a fan of the dynamics between Rumpel and Belle, but I would say this even if I wasn't.  And shouldn't a counselor or therapist have been there?  It seems rather uncouth to have no third-party mediator in their dealings, considering the circumstances.  I don't think that was very realistic.

Also, I am sincerely  hoping that the writers aren't setting up a Frankenstein and the wolf-girl romance between Whale and Ruby.  Unfortunately, the dialogue between them on the pier makes me think otherwise.

I'm sure it's a tremendous mistake for Emma and Rumpel to be leaving town with Cora and Regina paired up, but perhaps it's all part of Rumpel's master plan?  We'll have to wait and see.

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