Once Upon a Time – S01E11 – “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”
In the real world, Mr. Glass is a shamed reporter who is looking for revenge against Regina. In the fairy world, Mirror has one of the most unlikely of back stories. While “Fruit” goes a long way towards moving the fairy-tale story along, its predictability, nonsense, and indecision causes it to fall flat and be the worst episode of the season so far.
Score: 2 ½ of 5
Not sure I want to dignify this episode with a play by play so here is the list of everything that is wrong with “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”.
– Mr Glass suddenly turning his back on Regina? Yeah, like we’re really supposed to believe that? The whole thing being a set up was obvious from the trailer but the episode seemed to try to hide it as a surprise and then gave up half way.
– Wait, Mirror was a Genie? Seriously?
– But hey, we get a Genie, and turns out he’s pretty lame. Come on writers, it’s a freaking Genie! The possibilities are endless but what do they do? Don’t let him do any Genie stuff but give him one of the most overused, cliché, romantic story lines ever… and for once I’m not really exaggerating. Mirror is freed by this guy, goes seeking love, and falls for the wife of the guy who freed him. Even Shakespeare is face-palming right now. If they wanted this story for Mirror, then why couldn’t they have made him something else and used the Genie for another story and really have a go with it. Maybe not Robin-Williams-Aladdin-wild but still, even X-Files did a better Genie story and they didn’t have a fairy world to put her in.
– So, is Snow’s dad a douche or what? This statement sparked an interesting conversation, but that aside, think about it. One moment he’s being all noble to the Genie (though it’s easy to give up wishes when you can have anything you want) and the next he is telling everyone how wonderful his first wife was while completely ignoring the fact that his new wife is only sitting a few feet away. He then proceeds to read her personal diary, steal her stuff, and send someone to find out who might possibly be making her happy… instead of, dunno, being a good husband and making her happy by being a good husband? I think the writers might have been trying to garner sympathy for Evil Queen but… something went horribly wrong from concept to screen.
– The “Stranger” is getting the LOST treatment, i.e., vague clips and references as to his real purpose and while at the moment that’s kind of cool, they keep this up and it will turn into a cheap trick stolen from, erm, LOST.
– Oh, and the trailer for this episode really made it look like it was going to be something tense but it just dragged on and on…
– And lastly, instead of admitting that he doesn’t love his wife anymore, asking for a divorce and doing all the stuff a man in his situation should do, David starts a full blown affair with Mary. Great, two classic literary characters from my childhood have now been reduced to soap opera harlots.
So, my biggest question after watching this episode is: Do the writers even know what they are doing at this point? I mean, the show started good but has slowly devolved into something just above Days of Our Lives territory. They had a clean slate with this concept and could have had so much fun, given us something so juicy without the soap opera tricks… I don’t know if they can drag themselves out of this hole they’re digging themselves into.
Next week they tackle my favorite Disney tale, Munchausen Syndrome for Kids more commonly referred to as Beauty and the Beast. Seems they already messed it up majorly but Rumple/Mr Gold has been the most interesting thing about this series, so we shall see what we see.