ONCE UPON A TIME
Season 2, Episode 14 (Manhattan)
Lying to your kids is nearly inevitable. Usually, the reason for the lie has to do with the child not being able to comprehend adult concepts – more of a fib or a half-truth than an outright lie. For instance, you might tell your children that you are tired, when you are actually worried about whether you are going to be laid off from work. The children might not agree with you when they find out the truth was more complicated, but usually these types of lies are forgiven easily. However, as Emma finds out in this episode, lying merely to make your children comfortable can come crashing down badly, and lying to make things easier for you is much more likely to come back to bite you in the rear. Henry is quite right to call her out – he has been lied to and manipulated most of his life. It might have been unrealistic to think that his biological mother wouldn’t lie to him like his adoptive mother did, but Henry is still only eleven.
Manhattan saw us finally able to fill in the second half of Henry’s family tree, which would make for an interesting school project. Furthermore, Henry’s dad knows of his existence, and so does his second granddad for that matter. Henry is about to become a pawn in Rumpelstiltskin’s downfall, although I don’t think he will be involved directly. Because of Henry, Regina is willing to listen to Cora, who is intent on finding Rumpelstiltskin’s dagger, which will either mean he will be killed or controlled in such a way as to be undone.
Speaking of good intentions, Rumpelstiltskin only ever started out with good intentions for his son, but sadly everything went wrong. Rumpelstiltskin failed to see how his own actions caused his son to be alienated from him, however, so even in this episode he attempted to win his son back without listening to him. Rumpelstiltskin’s main problem is that he always wants to go backwards to solve the problem at hand. Like a fundamentalist, he is willing to move forward only insofar as to further his goals of going backward. At least Regina has taken the step to genuinely try to let go of the past and move forward, although her mother is pulling her back.
The villains on this show are quite diverse in their motivations, even if they seem to have similar goals: Rumpelstiltskin is stuck in the past, using everyone to further his own goals; Cora similarly wants to grab power and doesn’t really care what she does with it or which direction she is going; Regina wants to move forward (but with Henry) and is tired of being the villain; and Hook really doesn’t care which side he is on as long as he can have his revenge. As a bonus, the Outsider is turning into a villain of sorts, but he doesn’t even realise it. He has captured video of Regina using magic, which was careless of her unless she had no idea about him – she was in hiding in that episode, after all.
I was very pleased with this episode, since while the “twist” was fairly obvious, it was presented for drama and emotion. The family drama did not feel too contrived, since this is a story of fairy tales. Having Henry’s father be no one special would have been disappointing.
My one real irksome issue is petty: the Dewey number that Regina found in Belle’s purse was a 915, which is Asian geography. None of the books that they were looking through had anything to do with Asian geography – they were going through shelves of literature. Would it have been that difficult to fix that, or just film the shelf from the back? It was very obvious to a librarian that the book would not have been there at all.
REPUBLIC OF DOYLE
Season 4, Episode 6 (The Common Wealth)
Heavy spoiler alert – the international art thief that is the subject of this week’s Doyle investigation is more than just a thief. As it turns out, her art heists are merely smokescreens for more severe crimes, although she carries them out in the name of justice. On the theme of good intentions, her character is proven to think she is acting on them: her marks deserve their fates. For that matter, the Doyles have based their entire business around good intentions – no matter what goes wrong,
Money was the main motivator in this case – the museum exhibit consisted of rare currency, Des wanted a raise, and Malachy was getting jealous of their client sending Rose expensive presents. The latter two plots were played for comedy well. They did not get in the way of the main storyline, but they were prominent enough to keep the audience entertained. Some smaller subplots were foreshadowed as well, which fits well as we are halfway through the season. Next week’s episode looks to be quite interesting, although it is going up against the Oscars.
Season 5, Episode 15 (Target)
Part one of two: Alexis is kidnapped, sending Castle and company on a city-wide and then international (wo)manhunt. Castle has many good scenes with Martha and with Beckett concerning his love of his daughter. Goofy Castle is gone and certainly won’t be back until after next week’s episode. Where his daughter is concerned, Castle is willing to resort to physical violence – he even scares Beckett.
For her part, Alexis features prominently. Unlike many kidnapping stories where the focus is entirely on the search and the parent’s vendetta, Alexis and her friend are shown in their captivity. Alexis is even instrumental in trying to aid her own rescue – her father’s daughter, indeed.
Next week is part two, where Castle is chasing Alexis to Europe and we just might meet his father, filling in Alexis’s family tree in what seems to be a popular theme lately. Hopefully, Alexis is not prophesied to be her grandfather’s downfall!
And then, please let us get back to Goofy Castle flirting with Beckett!