Once Upon A Time Review: The Stable Boy

Once Upon A Time The Stable Boy Barbara Hershey

Once Upon A Time Review: The Stable Boy

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Emma continues to search for evidence to prove that Mary Margaret is being framed. Meanwhile, in FTL we learn about Regina and just why she is so mad at Snow.

Best Moment: It’s not really a moment from the episode so much as the brilliant casting. Bailee Madison could easily be Ginnifer Goodwin’s daughter, whilst Barbara Hershey was wickedly evil as Regina’s mother.

Verdict: Not sure what to make of this episode. I enjoyed seeing the back story for Regina, learning about her traumatic upbringing that made her the way she is, and why she holds such a grudge against Snow White.

The trouble is, it wasn’t much of a shocker, the whole grudge part. We already knew it was because Snow couldn’t keep a secret, so of course we knew where it was going. Then there’s the fact that Regina holds such a grudge against little Snow White, who is what? Ten years old? The logic that Regina decides to exact her revenge by going ahead and marrying the King, just so she can put herself in the position of killing the little girl who broke her secret (you know, versus learning dark magic to destroy the woman who actually murdered Regina’s lover) is just, well, a little messed up.

Perhaps it’s supposed to be that way, I don’t know. But I think it would have been a lot more interesting to see Regina delve into the dark arts to exact revenge, marry Snow’s father to manoeuvre herself into a position to destroy her mother, only to become the evil she’s trying to destroy. That just seems way more interesting than “I’m going to destroy the little girl who unknowingly helped my mother kill my lover.”

As for the Storeybrooke portion. Hmm, again, I’m not too sure what to make of it. First we have the scene with Mary Margaret being questioned by the D.A. That seemed just silly. It was a scene that didn’t feel believable nor did it help to add to the story.

Then we have Emma returning to the crime scene to, you know, do her job. Shouldn’t the crime scene have been scoured for clues way back when they discovered the box with the heart? Surely this is more proof that Emma is a lousy sheriff.

At least she finally realises that her superpower is super made-up, when she discovers a listening device that could only have come from her reporter friend, Sidney. Finally!

Not that any of this matters because apparently Kathryn is back, disoriented and very much alive. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the 22nd to discover what might have happened to her.