Once Upon a Time
The Evil Queen

Episode Report Card
Cindy McLennan: B | 3 USERS: B
The Drama Queen

Tamara takes her Fairy Tale Identity list out of her pocket and asks with whom they're dealing. Groan stammers that this is the Evil Queen, then reminds Regina that here and now, she's nothing. Regina is impressed that he's done all this to find his father. She insists she doesn't know where Kurt is, but Groan won't buy it, and adds, "But that's not my mission." When Regina asks what is, Groan smiles and says, "I'm not telling you." I would like to empathize with this grown man who was once wee Owen, but since learning his main mission isn't to save his father, my empathy for him has been rendered weaker than Regina's mojo. Groan shoots a look at Tamara and says, "Bag her." As Tamara covers Regina's head, we fade to black.

If my episode grade was based only on all of Emma's scenes, and on the scenes in which Regina as "Wilma" was touched by Snow's capacity for forgiveness, I would probably have given this episode something in the A range. But I can't divorce myself from how the character of Regina is failing for me. The crazier she gets, the less accessible she is. As I mentioned in the recaplet, while I certainly understand that, at the time, Snow wasn't determined enough to let herself kill Regina, it's harder to take when she's still standing over the open mass grave of an entire village that died to save her. I think it does the character of Snow a disservice somehow because it's not only about how much personal pain Snow is willing to accept from Regina. It's also about how much Snow will let others suffer, to maintain the vanity that she will always find a way to live up to her mother's ideals. Before I leave you, allow me this...

Sidebar. That we've picked up right where "Lacey" left off (combined with a Jennifer Morrison comment for which I've lost the link) makes me wonder exactly how much time has passed in present day Storybrooke since the series premiered. I'm pretty sure Jennifer said something like only a few months have passed (even though for the audience it's closer to a year and a half). We know Henry has turned 11, but we've never heard that Emma hit 29 (which could have happened off screen and gone without mention). I'm bringing this up, because I can't help but think of the Walt conundrum on Lost. Like Once Upon A Time, Lost didn't unfold in real time. During the entire first season of that show, only 44 days passed. That's fine, until you add child actors in the mix. Although it's less striking than it was with Walt, there's already been a marked physical change in Henry. I have three adolescents of my own. When a growth spurt hits, you feel like you've awoken in a time-lapse video. I can't help but wonder if it wouldn't better serve the show to play out in something closer real time. Since it looks like we're headed to Neverland, I'm even more wary. Fictional children don't grow up in Neverland, but that's not going to stop Jared Gilmore. Were it up to me, I'd let the Charmings take the summer to enjoy southern Maine's beaches and seafood, and resume action in the fall. To explain how they passed the time, some of season three's flashbacks could flash back to the summer, rather than the Enchanted Forest. What do you think?

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