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Have really gotten into this show with my kids. It's from a couple of "Lost" writers (and featuring references to it, like some of the numbers, an Apollo bar, things like that). Lots of layers to the plot so far, great discussion topics. Cliff and Stef, you would absolutely love this.
Father Roderick has a great group that dissect this on his SQPN network podcast.
Enjoying it here in our household as well. Really enjoyed this week's episode. Can't believe how this show gets better and better as it gets deeper into the story. LOVE IT
i just assumed the end was showing her in the present. hmm "we're going to have to watch that again." LOL
And the video cuts and who's on-screen at the moment may just be a bit of misdirection if applied to the narration. I haven't seen the last episode yet, so trying to stay semi-spoiler-free (with exceptions for the GSPN forums, of course. :) )
Finally got around to watching the mid-season finale, and indeed I also believe we were seeing her in the present, she knows what's going on, and she killed (or did she, hmmm) the huntsman. Having seen Snow White's coffin at the bottom of the mine, and now the vault, it seems the fairy tale land is just under the surface, figuratively and literally.
We've also debated the "Only one knows the truth, and only one can break her spell" line in our Once Upon a Time podcast. Since an early episode, I believed that Regina did know everything, except Emma's true identity. I ended up being right! *Does a little dance.*
We call Mr. Gold the most-intriguing character. He seems to know something and have some kind of power. Remember how flippantly he responded when the Evil Queen said, "You know that if this curse works, you won't remember any of this?" He responded, "Oh well. What's da harm?"
And I also think that Mr. Gold had some kind of power over David when he saw the windmill, or at least Mr. Gold knew what was happening.
I'm wondering if Regina didn't have to tell Mr. Gold some stuff after he showed up with Henry, the baby left by the wayside. I am sure he didn't show up with a baby out of the goodness of his heart. Because he delivered Henry, so to speak, he has a power over Regina that no one else has. I think she had to tell him the truth at that point. And he's smart and schemey. Maybe he figured it out.
Trust me, Roderick has plenty of material to fill a podcast. They cut down the recap portion when they had to cut one episode into 2 1-hour parts, but they've scaled back recapping what we've already seen and deal with things like original fairy tales vs Disney's versions, the origin of some of the names, etc.
In that latter category, Roderick noted that Thomas, the brother of (who we thought was) James, means "twin". And that big of digging paid off when we found out the James was really David, the shepherd. (And *that*, of course, sparked discussion of parallels between him and the shepherd David in the Bible).
I find it charming...haha...but haven't paid much attention to it. I do think I'd like it more with a podcast to go along with it.