OUAT Season 6 Episode 1: The Red Bird

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Our favourite heroes are back! The quaint little town of Storybrooke and all it’s lovable characters have returned and this time with a much bigger problem; One that they have never faced before. It was no secret that this season they would be bringing us one of our favourite prince’s, Aladdin. However that wasn’t the main arrival in the premier, Mr Hyde is in Storybook now, and he owns it.

The episode begins with a flashback ‘Many years ago’ where we see Jafar talking to a pretty messed up Aladdin. From their conversation, we learn that Aladdin, who happens to be the saviour of his own story, is now a broken down mess. Jafar then says something to Aladdin which I will make QOTE because it’s true

Jafar: That’s why you never hear these words about a saviour, ‘They lived happily ever after’.

How did I not realise that until now?? But it’s so true! Obviously Emma is going to prove them wrong but still, why does OUAT have to ruin almost every childhood story for us? I love the show, I do, but sometimes it would be nice if they just left some of our treasured childhood fairy tales alone, and just let the child in us think they lived happily ever after. Why tell us this? Now I’m going to question so much. Thanks a lot Adam Horrowitz. Also can we acknowledge how disappointing Aladdin looks in real life? I don’t know, maybe it’s because I thought Aladdin was so cute as a child, but seeing him now, it was just sort of meh. I’ll let it slide right now and just say it’s because Aladdin was messed up at the time. You know who wasn’t a disappointment though? JAFAR! I absolutely love Oded Fehr and for those of you who don’t know or can’t remember where he’s from, he played Eval Lavin on Covert Affairs. (I miss that show). The scene ends with Aladdin’s right hand starting to tremor and fades into present day Storybrooke where Emma and Hook trying to get a little alone time but are interrupted by a different kind of tremor. The whole gang heads out to the woods to see what the commotion is and discover that Mr Hyde is in Stroybrooke and owns it now because Rumple sold it to him, plus Hyde brought some friends.

As they’re salvaging through the wreckage Emma touches something and starts seeing visions of a battle and her hand starts to tremor. Hook asks her if she’s alright and she lies. *Facepalm*. She tries to ignore it but the tremors keep happening especially when they are trying to over power Mr Hyde. Regina is the distraction and Emma is supposed to zap him with a device Jekyll built, but just as she’s supposed to, she starts getting visions and her hand tremors. Regina is shouting for help and what I couldn’t wrap my head around is while Emma was clearly unable to do her part or distracted, whatever you want to call it, there were three very able-bodied people who could have jumped in and helped but they didn’t. I get that Emma is the saviour and everything, but seriously, does no one have initiative? Jump in when she can’t. No wonder it’s taking so much out of her. Emma snaps out of it, finally and they mange to subdue Mr Hyde who mentions her tremors too Emma as he’s walking away. How did no one hear that but Emma? He didn’t exactly whisper? I don’t understand. Naturally she goes to see him to ask him what he knows about it and he tells her to follow the red bird.

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Later on in the woods alone, Hook asks Emma what’s going on, and she lies, saying that she’s fine, but her hand is clearly shaking. I volunteer to smack Emma Swan because the girl has learnt nothing. After all this time how hasn’t she realised that keeping secrets does nothing for no one! Especially the lying to Hook is never a good thing! It’s like we take one step forward and three steps back with her. There was character development from season 1 to 3, but since then, Emma has been the same and she needs to get over herself and stop trying to carry everything on her shoulders. She seriously has the most supportive and hopeful family ever. Ever. Yet she constantly lies, keeps secrets and carries all burdens herself. No wonder she’s going to die. Yes you read that right. After Emma lies to Hook and rudely asks him to leave her alone ( Someone needs to give Hook an award for best boyfriend ever, because I have no idea how he puts up with her), she spots the red bird and follows it. Guys, the red bird is CLEARLY Iago right? I thought he was Jafars pet, but in this episode, he happens to be the pet of an oracle, who tells Emma that her visions are of the future, and then shows her the future. In the vision she saw, on that day and through that battle is how she dies. Jokes on them, the future is always changing, also the main character is not going to die. Hyde then tells Emma that the villain to her story will ultimately be the death of her. So now i’ve been hacking my brain trying to figure out who her big bad is.

  1.  Rumpelstiltskin. He’s never really liked her and with his own drama, who knows what could happen.
  2.  The Evil Queen, although she happens to be snow whites nemesis, maybe it could transfer to snow’s daughter?

Let’s talk about Rumple. He’s on a quest to wake Belle. He makes his way into Belle’s dreams and there he meets Morpheus. Morpheus tells him he has an hour to wake Belle, and so Rumple decides to reenact the moment where they fell in love. Everything seems to be going splendidly. Belle is making tea, she almost drops the tea-cup, he catches it, they start dancing to beauty and the beast theme song and they kiss, but it doesn’t work. Belle is reminded of all the lies, the heartbreak all of it, and refuses to take him back. Right there Morpheus makes an appearance and is happy Belle didn’t choose Rumple, then announces that he would be the one to wake her up. So I’m trying to figure out who he is, maybe Belles real true love, maybe a new love interest but nope! Major bomb, he turns out o be RumpleBelle’s unborn baby. He asks his mother not to choose Rumple before planting a kiss on her forehead and with that, Belle wakes from her slumber. Her motherly instincts are already kicking because as soon as she wakes and Rumple says to go home, she hits him with what will be my second QOTE

Belle: I’ll go back, but I will not make a home with you

I won’t lie, I felt a little sympathy for Rumple there. Not only has he lost is wife, but also his unborn son. So no he’s lost two sons before he could even make it up to them. I really hope he finds a way to get them both back this season because it just isn’t fair. Maybe villains just don’t get a happy ending. Period.

Regina is healing, not only from having lost Robin but also her other half, and turns out she and Zelena are living together with the baby. Zelena tells Regina that Roland gave her a feather of Robins to give to Regina but she’s misplaced it. It causes confusing feelings for Regina, who by the end of the episode realises it’s because she blames Zelena for the death of Robin. Jelena also happens to be savouring some anger because she’s mad that Regina ‘destroyed’ the evil queen, the part most like her. With that, the two sisters fall out and Zelena and the baby move out. She walks into her old home and is greeted by the Evil queen, who offers her a drink and I think this could be the start of a very bad sisterhood. Evil Queen and Zelena? I smell trouble. While Zelena is maybe bonding with the Evil Queen, Regina and snow are having the cutest heart to heart Regina has ever had. She apologises to Snow for being so awful, says how she’s going to change, holds Snows hand, and as they’re walking away, a feather, which I’m assuming is Robins, falls on the bench right where Regina was sitting.

So the premier was good. There were things that could have been done a little better but ultimately the season looks promising. So many interesting characters with untold stories, and are dying to let them play out.

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