Song: “American Secrets”
Album: The Way It Was
We all have a few songs that have been there for us in our darkest hours. Songs that have made us feel less alone, less anxious, less overwhelmed, less shattered. Songs that have somehow made us forget why we were upset in the first place. The funny thing about music is that it doesn’t always make sense why something means so much to us. The lyrics don’t always have to match our life to the t. And that’s the case with Parachute’s “American Secrets”.
“American Secrets” is the song that’d manage to put my stressed, overwhelmed with finals self to sleep at nights. And today, as silly as it sounds, it’s still the song I immediately put on when a full moon has snuck its way right outside the window of my bed. It wasn’t always easy to enjoy pretty scenery for me when I was stressed with school, but “American Secrets” made it easier. I wish I could explain why, but it’s simply one of those things that I have yet to figure out. “American Secrets” is the song that effortlessly reminds me that ‘this too shall pass’ and for that, I’m grateful. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of the beautiful seemingly endless summers I spent back home in our small town. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of the dreams that I’ll never give up on no matter how far I run from them. I don’t know. All I know is that it’s a song I will cherish til I’m old and grey.
“Sisters” is one of Once Upon A Time’s most beautiful and thematically powerful episodes.
Episode Summary: Flashbacks reveal that there was a time where little Regina and Zelena got along incredibly well only to have their bond broken by Cora and their memories of one another completely wiped. In present day, once Regina overhears Hades’ plans to leave the underworld and make a living with Zelena in Storybrooke, she seeks out her mother in order to stop Zelena from giving Hades “True Love’s” kiss. James switches places with Charming and attempts to kill those closest to him. A heartfelt apology finally allows Cora to move on, but before Zelena could happily take her sister’s advice, she’s taken captive by Peter Pan and Rumplestilskin.
Review | Analysis: Once Upon A Time is a show about family. It is the show where despite how ridiculous it sounds to those who’ve no idea what it’s about, each and every character is connected to one another in deeply intriguing ways. And “Sisters” managed to make a strange connection absolutely beautiful. When you say it out loud, it sounds bizarre to think that the Evil Queen and the Wicked Witch of the West are sisters. However, after this week’s episode, it’s a relationship a lot of us care greatly for. Despite it’s unique and wonderful ridiculousness, Once Upon A Time tells real stories and while some stories are bound to have a happy ending, other’s simply just aren’t given the chance. Sometimes, it’s too late. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to change someone, it doesn’t work out. And “Sisters” not only illuminated the serenity found it forgiveness, but it showcased the rage that’s built up from the refusal to let go.
Anything and everything requires love. In order to move forward you must open your heart to those in front of you. In order to forgive, you must choose to hold on to love . The greatest strength doesn’t come from magic or physical versatilities, but rather love, for love and only love alone could change lives in impeccable ways. And at the end of the day, it all comes down to a choice.
“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”
— William Saroyan
It’s never easy to reflect upon something dark and tragic. Our words cannot bring justice, but perhaps, because they’re all we have, they can bring a sense of peace and most importantly, awareness. If you’ve never heard of the Armenian Genocide, you could read some of the details here.
| March 20 – April 23 |
Heartland, Brooklyn Nine Nine, When Calls the Heart, and in a sense, Fuller House have ended for the remainder of the season leaving us with plenty of great material to discuss. And for some of these shows, we’ve been waiting a while to talk about them. Pretty much an entire month.
“Transgressive Border Crossing” | Orphan Black
“Ghost Detainee” | Madam Secretary
We finally learn about Jake’s biological family.
Episode Summary: Olivia returns to normalcy after killing Andrew two weeks ago, but it’s more about Jake.
Review | Analysis: With a slew of flashbacks, we learn that Jake’s father beat his mother and raped his sister. Jake feels somewhat responsible about not doing anything to help them. Once Rowan saves Jake from serving 10 years in prison, Jake ends up killing his father, which is what put him into B613. He’s been living with Rowan for quite some time now and so has Olivia after the stunt she pulled. Earlier in the season we were introduced to Vanessa and her money was being used to fund Edison’s campaign. However, in tonight’s episode, we learned that Rowan’s plans for the pair – Vanessa and Jake – goes far beyond campaign funding.
A little courage could do wonders.
Episode Summary: Flashbacks to a specific time none of us really know reveal Dorothy’s first meeting with Ruby and Mulan. And when Dorothy escapes to find Zelena, she’s put under a sleeping curse forcing Ruby to use the slippers in order to get revenge. When she ends up in the underworld and tells the heroes what she’s there for, they set out on a quest to find Aunt Em — who’ll be able to give Dorothy true love’s kiss. However, when Hades interferes, Snow comes to the realization that Ruby should be the one doing it, and a sweet conversation gives Ruby the courage she needs. When Mayor Cruella tears down the haunting phone booth, Snow and Charming decide one of them must go back home to their baby. And still having the power to etch names on the tombstones, Killian replaces Snow’s with Charming in order for her to go back to Storybrooke.
Review | Analysis: It’s fair to say that a great number of us made the assumption that Once Upon A Time’s LGBT pairing would be between Ruby and Mulan. And while it’s still wonderful to see representation on our screens, if we’re being honest, we’re a bit heartbroken — primarily for Mulan. However despite our sadness, “Ruby Slippers” was an episode filled with beautiful moments. And at the end of the day, if we can somehow see Mulan’s happy ending, we’d be satisfied.
Before we get into our review, we need to take a moment to remind our readers that it’s okay to have opposing opinions. It’s okay if you “ship” the couple, and it’s okay if you wanted Mulan/Ruby instead. It’s okay to be upset and it’s okay to be happy. No matter what you may be feeling, your feelings are justified.
April 10 – 17
“Prayers from the Heart” | When Calls the Heart
Once again, do not make the deals with the devil, kids — there’s always a trick with him.
Episode Summary: Flashbacks reveal Belle and Gaston’s first meeting followed by an adventure that showcased what a powerful team they could’ve been if their story evolved further. However, when they’re reunited in the underworld, Gaston reveals she was a weakness and his quest to kill Rumple is the unfinished business he’s doomed with. And unfortunately, when Rumple’s involved, souls don’t move forward to eternal bliss, instead, they decay in the “River of Lost Souls”. In an attempt to stop the men from destroying each other, Belle accidentally pushes Gaston into the river, but despite the fact that a soul departed in Hades’ preferred way, because it wasn’t Rumple’s doing, he will not allow Belle to keep the child. Emma believes her dreams are visions leading to Snow’s death, but what the heroes come to find is the fact that a beloved friend has found her way into the underworld — now whether dead or alive, (hopefully the latter) next week’s episode is bound to be extraordinary with Red and Mulan.
Review | Analysis: From an early age, fairy tales were meant to paint gorgeous pictures of the significant lessons, except sometimes, instead of dragons and witches, the demons are internal battles. Once Upon A Time and this arc especially, emphasize the vitality of hope in a masterful way. It’s been scientifically proven that positivity and laugher can play an enormous role on a person’s physical health. In the same way, negativity can do the exact opposite. “Her Handsome Hero” touched on perspectives inspiring us to once again be certain of the fact that though a hero’s life isn’t always easy, it’s not only always worth it, but it strengthens hope and ensures happiness in beautiful ways.