Regina gets the best lines. Another fantastic episode of Once Upon a Time with this week's "Witch Hunt." I am tentatively optimistic about this half of the season at this point. The writers seem to have recognized a few mistakes from the first Neverland portion of the season--namely, leaving huge reveals until the last possible second and dragging out the plot. The fact that the *big* reveal came in the second episode of the season sets a nice pace for building the mythology the writers are exploring. But the added bonus was wonderful character moments and actual dialogue instead of constant action. People sat at tables (or cars) and talked! Heaven be praised. A bit of an English lesson first. What is a witch hunt? Yes, in our case it's an actual hunt for an actual witch, but it can also be the act of unfairly looking for and punishing people who are accused of having opinions that are believed to be dangerous or evil. This episode saw a lot of people accusing an innocent because she has wronged them in the past. Oh Regina Mills, how far you've come.
Despite last week's pep talk, Regina still can't see a way to live without Henry. Everywhere she looks, her life seems to be slipping away from her. Someone has taken over her castle; she is working with the people she attempted to curse and kill and her son doesn't remember who she is. All in all, Regina is having a bit of a bad day. The heroes are still looking for a way into the castle and luckily Regina mentions the super secret tunnels that run underground. A bit of a complaint here, but since when? And why doesn't Snow know about them? It was Snow's castle before Regina drove her out. Super convenient tunnels appear when the plot dictates, I suppose. But still, it's a tad annoying. But my focus on the magically appearing never before mentioned super secret tunnels was only momentary as our group was then attacked by a flying monkey sent to retrieve Regina.
People are disappearing. They go into the woods and don't come out. This is how all horror movies start. Now I just need a girl dressed in a nighty running barefoot screaming for help and the image is complete. There are a lot of questions being asked in this episode: who is missing (Neal?), what happened to them? Who cursed the town? And how did Hook get to Emma? Did you notice that Hook changed his story in this episode. Last week he got a message (no mention of the bird) and then scavenged for ingredients for the memory potion. This week, a bird landed on the wheel of the Jolly Roger with a note to fetch Emma. The bird was also carrying a vial of memory potion. There is something fishy about all this. I'm not trying to say that Hook is working for Zelena but rather the real story is far more complicated than a message from a bird. Message via bird does sound like Snow, but we've seen others use the same method including Rumple, Neal and August. The mystery remains! So who is missing? So far, 5 dwarves and Neal. Of course. Neal is always missing. Can't have a season without Neal missing now can we? (frustrated fan moment). But at least Emma asks after him (happy shipper moment).
So what is happening to the good folks of Storybrooke? In season one, if they got too close to the town line, "bad things" would happen, but it was always left somewhat vague about what those bad things were. In this season, get too close to the town line and a monster comes and snatches you up out of the sky and tries to make you his dinner! The flying monkeys are in Storybrooke. Of course they are. What's a Wicked Witch without those flying monkeys? But let's make this even more strange. What happens when you get bit by a flying monkey? You turn into one. So they are Vampire Flying Monkeys! Excellent. This is what this show needed--vampire flying monkeys. I don't know if this so so stupid and strange that it actually works or if it's just stupid and strange. I will say the transformation of Little John into a monkey was very well done. Charming's reaction (and everyone else's) was also perfect. "Okay. I didn't see that coming." Also, hello Star Trek shout out! "I'm a doctor not a vet!" Very nice ultimate geek moment there for the viewers who enjoy such things (like me!).
Run away, Snow White. Run away.
Zelena has the nice lady act down, I'll give her that. She's sweet and kind and helpful. Snow White seems to have fallen for her lies, hook line and sinker. Of course niceness is just a facade because we know that Zelena is the Wicked Witch. And what do all good Wicked Witches need? Apart from flying monkeys and a plan?
Alright. Zelena must die.
My poor Imp!! What has she done to you?! Rumple is alive, in a cage, and out of his ever loving mind. He is totally batty--full on loony Dark One Rumple with the giggle and the voice and the crazy! How did Zelena find him? Where was he? Why is he insane? Why does she have him hostage? Where can I get a bucket of water to throw on her? Current theory: Zelena found Rumple's dagger and is using him to do her evil deeds. But where is Neal? Is he locked up too? Is he a flying monkey? Is he *gulp* dead? Something tells me it's only going to get stranger from here on out.
--This episode was written by Jane Espenson, and you can tell because it had some fabulous lines.
"Are we talking east or west?" "Does it matter?" "Well, one you drop a house on and the other you throw a bucket of water at."
"I don't care if she's being guarded by the lollipop guild."
"You mean the monster you were going to marry?" "You were going to marry someone?" "Did you miss the part where I said it was a monster?"
--"We were cellmates." "What were you in for?" "Banditry?"
"They're turning into flying monkeys?" "Yes. He took on simian form with the added bonus of wings"
"The Wicked Witch?? She's real too?" "Says the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming."
"That's impossible! You're green!" "And you're rude"
--I really don't want Neal to be a monkey
--When will Henry get his memories back? At the end of the season? I hope not.
--I think Zelena's curse will be broke by TLK between Henry and Regina