Sunday, March 10, 2013

Once Upon A Time: The Miller's Daughter

This post assumes that you have watched this week's episode of Once Upon A Time,  called "The Miller's Daughter." If you haven't, you may want to turn back before it's too late. 

Rose McGowan plays younger Cora

Tonight's episode of Once Upon A Time took us in the way back machine to see Cora as a young woman (ex-Charmed witch, Rose McGowan made a fabulous Cora), making her way in the world by leaving a dead end career in the miller's daughter flour making business, transitioning into spinning straw into gold, and then marrying into royalty to begin her ascent to become Queen of Hearts.  

It seems in their magical salad days, Cora and Rumple had feelings for one another (was anyone else just a wee bit grossed out by their canoodling?).  Cora decided not to go with Rumple and "true love" and instead she decided to rip out her own heart and stayed to marry her prince. It's more than a little bit ironic that she became the Queen of Hearts by removing her own heart so she would never be compromised by her feelings. And the irony continued but we'll get to that in a minute.

In the meantime, our intrepid heroes, the Charmings, try to protect Rumple while he dies from poison, but wait... he has an idea and he also has the old magic candle that lets people swap a live person for a dead one. It was this same candle that Snow declined to use to save her own mother in last week's episode.  Will Snow do what Rumple suggests and kill Cora to save him? Or will she let Henry's paternal grandfather, also known as The Dark One, die from Cora's poison? 

It turns out that Snow White isn't so nice after all, and she decides to do as the Dark One suggests and begins the steps necessary to kill Cora - including taking a field trip to Regina's creepy heart crypt, lighting a candle over Cora's heart and tricking Regina into putting that heart back into Cora by suggesting that all Cora needs is her heart to love her daughter. 

Of course, by the time Snow decides this isn't such a good idea, it's too late and Cora is dying in Regina's arms seconds after deciding that it would have been OK not to be evil and just to have been Regina's mother. Talk about your end of life regrets. 

So Cora was sorry that she wasted her life being evil. Regina is ticked and sorry that she listened to Snow. Snow is really really sorry that she's a murderer now. And everyone is going to be sorry soon that Rumple is still alive because he's the only big time villain left in this show. Oh, I know Hook is still around, but he isn't a large scale villain, he's not trying to destroy the world or anything, he's just trying to get the croc.

Next week we find out more about the origins of the curse that brought them all to Storybrooke in the first place. What did you think of tonight's episode?

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