Once Upon A Time 5×08 “Birth” and 5×09 “The Bear King” Recap

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Still haven’t caught our breaths enough to write something creative here.

Episode Summary: In “Birth” we learn the truth about what transformed Emma into the Dark One, but we also learn that she’s not the only one in Storybrooke. Because Emma refuses to lose Killian, she tethers his soul onto Excalibur making him the Dark One as well. After she speeds up Zelena’s pregnancy in order to keep the baby away from her plot to give Zelena all the darkness, Killian learns the truth about what’s happened to him through the dream catcher meant for him. In “The Bear King” we learn more about the day Merida’s father passed and her fight to rightfully earn the title of Queen. Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Ruby (Meghan Ory) return to help Merida in her quest.

Review | Analysis: It’s a bit unfortunate that “The Bear King” came after such a heavy episode because we wish we could’ve had it to cool off next week instead. However, we do understand that because of the AMA’s, they had to air tonight, but truthfully, it’s a little difficult to try to combine both episodes into one review. And the reasoning is not only due to intense emotions (lol!), but the fact that there’s been so much past/present storylines, it almost feels foreign though we’re so used to it. Ultimately, we’ve forgotten what it’s like to be on hiatus because nothing’s ever been as intense as this season thereby, stick with us as we attempt to cohesively put our thoughts and feelings together without spiraling out of control into a novel about how we’ve been emotionally compromised.

While both episodes focused beautifully on the importance of inner strength, “Birth” exhibited the significance of romantic love and “The Bear King” tackled the prominence of friendships.

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Once Upon A Time 5×06 “The Bear and the Bow” Recap

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Adventures and fierce ladies always make for great episodes.

Episode Summary: In Camelot, Belle convinces Merida to courageously fight for her kingdom without the use of magic. In Storybrooke, while still under the Dark Swan’s control, Merida attempts to bring the courage out of Rumple by threatening Belle. Arthur lies to the group about making contact with Merlin and when they learn the truth, they get Henry to do it — only they reach his “voice mail”. Rumple manages to pull Excalibur from the stone. And unanswered questions leave us at the edge of our seats.

Review | Analysis: “The Bear and the Bow” featured some fantastic performances, but most importantly it showcased women at their best. It reminded viewers that although we all have our weaknesses, at the end of the day, there’s courage inside everyone. And when there’s someone to believe in you, it’s always easier to see the strength within you as well. What we’re forever grateful for is great moments of females supporting females and Once Upon A Time does that remarkably well. “The Bear and the Bow” not only gave us wonderful relationship developments but it once again illuminated the power of choices and the importance of nobility.

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Once Upon A Time 5×05 “Dreamcatcher” Recap

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You can’t just end an episode there!

Episode Summary: In Camelot, Emma resorts to the drastic decision of taking Violet’s heart in order to use Henry’s heartbreak as a way to free Merlin. Killian, Robin, Belle, and Regina break into the Dark Swan’s house and find Excalibur there. In Storybrooke Emma also makes amends with Henry and Violet, but it’s too late when Henry’s learned the truth by listening in on Regina and Robin as they watch a flashback through a dream catcher.

Review | Analysis: Tonight’s episode wasn’t exactly our favorite, but then again, who wants to watch their favorite character do something so devastating like break a child’s heart (even with good intentions)? Generally episodes that focus too weightily on the plot don’t leave a lot of room for discussion and in this case, they’ve left us with more questions. We’re anticipating next week’s episode as opposed to wanting to elaborate further on this and that’s not exactly fun. It did however, once again reiterate the theme that all magic comes with a price and the fact that there’s always a choice.

“Dreamcatcher” may have featured Emma Swan doing the worst thing she’d probably ever do, but it gave Jennifer Morrison the opportunity to do some brilliant work.

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Once Upon A Time 5×01 “The Dark Swan” Recap

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Here we go again with glitches in our memories, new places, and the fight to make sure good always win. In other words: the recipe which makes Once Upon A Time extraordinary.

Due to the fact that the episode wasn’t shown in its usual flashback/present day form, we’ll just dive straight into covering matters we feel are most important. First things first, we’d be lying if we said we were excited for Emma Swan to turn dark, in fact, what we’re most excited for is Jennifer Morrison’s inimitable performances. We like savior/sheriff Emma a lot — she’s our favorite. However, even though we aren’t exactly a fan of what’s going on, count on these impeccable groups of writers to make sure we’re intrigued from beginning to end. “The Dark Swan” was a solid, excellent premiere that’s left us on the edge of our seats for the rest of the season.

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