Discussion: A look back at 1.02 “The Thing You Love Most”

So episode 2 aired in Australia this week. Er, got a bit chatty with stuff I noticed this time around… I have a feeling rewatching all the eps (now that I’ve seen the full season) will have this effect!

Interesting point I’d somehow forgotten – the Evil Queen (from here on in, ‘EQ’) got The Dark Curse from Maleficent after they’d traded for the sleeping curse, but EQ originally got it from Rumplestiltskin. Interesting also that Maleficent didn’t know WHO the Dark Curse came from. EQ says to Rumplestiltskin in a later scene: ”That curse you gave me.” So Rumplestiltskin GAVE the curse to EQ. I can’t imagine that EQ wouldn’t have had to give him something in return. After all, as they’re so fond of telling us, ‘all magic comes with a price’. So what was the price when she initially came into possession of the curse? How did EQ get it the first time? I don’t think it’s been mentioned, has it?

Rumplestiltskin makes it clear that the child of Charming and Snow is the key to breaking the curse, but EQ doesn’t know exactly WHO that unborn child is. Although, it could be said that EQ knows the child is female as Snow says (when the curse hits the castle) “She got away.”

Henry: “If she finds out who you are, it would be bad.” I’ll have to go back and find out when exactly WE find out that Regina finds out how important Emma is. Mind you, after that final scene with Mr Gold (more on that below), I think her spidey-sense was probably tingling. :lol:

Considering the outfit and hairstyle EQ has when she casts her father’s heart into the fire and starts the curse, I’m going to say that the curse hit everyone within a day or a few days at most. We saw in the pilot that she appeared to be ‘bringing the curse’ with her as she rode in her carriage toward Snow and Charming’s castle, and presumably they went from fairytale world straight to Storybrooke. Yet in this episode, she had time to have a headstone created for him, as she lays a flower at his grave… although, I suppose she could have done that with magic. Considering that she came back from Rumplestiltskin’s cell straight to her father and then killed him, she couldn’t have made the headstone ahead of time.

Mr Gold offered to take care of Regina’s ‘problem’ with Henry’s mother. But we know from the series that he wanted Emma to break the curse. That’s why Rumplestiltskin asked for the child’s name – so he’d know when it was time. Here’s an AU idea: What would have happened if Regina had taken Mr Gold up on his offer to get rid of ‘the problem’? Anyone wanna fic that? ;)

More spoiler-y talk (references to episodes later in the season) under the cut. Please post in the comments with your thoughts and opinions! :)

Charming’s sword at the wedding (that he threw at EQ) disappeared with EQ in her puff of smoke. How did Charming get it back? It looks like the same sword he uses when he protects Emma as he’s trying to get her to the tree as the curse is descending. For that matter, how did Rumplestiltskin get it (for 1.22 “A Land Without Magic”) to give to Emma to defeat Maleficent?

Re: timelines, EQ obviously retrieved her father from Wonderland (from 1.17 “Hat Trick”) long before Snow & Charming’s wedding, as her father is at her castle when she appears in her puff of smoke. And I don’t think the curse was her reason for retrieving him as she didn’t know she’d need ‘the heart of the thing she loved most’ until she’d been to see Rumplestiltskin.

“Oh NOW you’re trying to protect me?” Ouch, EQ. Fair point though. Good to see the follow-through on that with the backstory we see in 1.18 “The Stable Boy”. Her father always seemed intimidated by her mother, didn’t stand up to her.

Items to note:

EQ’s dad only ever calls her “Your Majesty”.

Rumplestiltskin: “All curses can be broken.”

EQ : “You realise if I do succeed, you won’t remember any of this.” HA. You wish.

The final scene with Regina and Mr Gold. The look on Regina’s face when she thinks that he doesn’t remember the fairytale backstory (relief!)… and then the look on her face when he says “Please”. BRILLIANT. :clap:

Quotes/scenes I loved:

Emma: Who does he think you are?
Mary Margaret: Oh — it’s silly!
Emma: I just got five minutes of silly — lay it on me.
Mary Margaret: Snow White. [Emma gazes at her] Who does he think you are?

Emma: When you bailed me out, you said that you trusted me. Why?
Mary Margaret: It’s strange, ever since you arrived here, I’ve had the oddest feeling like we met before.

I really do love those scenes between Emma and Mary Margaret. Perfectly done by Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison.

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A 30-something Aussie with a big love for various TV shows - Once Upon A Time is the latest in a very long list! Diehard Snow/Charming fan. <3

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