Once Upon A Time Review: That Still Small Voice

Once Upon A Time Still Small Voice

Once Upon A Time Review: That Still Small Voice

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

This week’s flashback story tells us how Jiminy Cricket got to be, well, a cricket. Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Emma’s acceptance of a job as deputy seems to literally shake the foundations of the town.

Best Moment: I loved Jiminy tonelessly agreeing with his parents about the coming plague. Hilarious.

Verdict: I should have liked this episode a lot more than I did. For one thing, it was written by the great Jane Espensen of Buffy fame. For another, we got to have a lot more of Raphael Sbarge in it and learn Jiminy’s origin story.

However, for all that, the story just didn’t work for me on several levels. I liked the idea that at one time Jiminy was a human being, but the idea that he continued to stay with his parents for so many years, knowing how toxic they were just wasn’t something I could easily buy into. It’s also a little hard to believe that he would’ve wished himself into a cricket, but there you go!

In the world of Storeybrooke there were plenty more absurdities just with the whole Henry getting trapped in the mine. The whole rescue operation was handled pretty poorly, right down to the fact that apparently the town has no firemen, and instead will send a chick who has barely been a deputy for a few hours, into a dangerous mineshaft. Being a mother does not make you qualified for such tasks! It annoys me because we’re supposed to buy into the fact that Storybrooke is a real place, at least initially, but none of that seemed realistic. And why was skanky Ruby Riding Hood part of the rescue operation at all??

There was yet more battling between Emma and Regina, which, as I’ve said before, is going to get old fast. I did, however, like the scenes with Mary Margaret who must force herself to stay away from David who has still not regained his memories but feels oddly connected to Mary Margaret.

Fun fact: I honestly thought they were going to squish Archie which would’ve been cool since the Talking Cricket in the original novel is smashed by Pinocchio. Yes, he’s called the Talking Cricket, not Jiminy. Also, as my friend Ron pointed out, Pinocchio isn’t actually a fairytale at all, it’s a novel written in the 1880s.

Another fun but odd fact is that Archie’s dog is named Pongo, although surely Pongo isn’t also a character, I mean they are supposed to be fairytale characters, and Dodie Smith wrote The Hundred and One Dalmation in 1956. Unless this is really Disney characters and not fairytales at all.