Once Upon a Time – S01E10 – “7:15 A.M.”
Snow White and Prince Charming’s story takes center stage as the wedding of Charming and Abigail nears. In the real world, Mary and David start circling each other, both unable to get past their feelings. The forbidden romance comes to a head in both worlds but what will be the consequences? Meanwhile, Emma discovers the Stranger’s reason for coming to Storybrooke and the answer opens up more questions. “7:15” is not quite as preachy as “True Noth” but the constant exposition on love and romance does start to wear thin. Nevertheless, another solid episode which pulls us further down the rabbit hole. Wait, is Alice in Wonderland applicable here?
Score: 3 of 5
As many unanswered questions as this show leaves us with, I am constantly left to wonder… if no one comes to Storybrooke, then how do they get products in their stores and how does the economy not collapse? I’m told it’s because of magic but that doesn’t really satisfy me. I could write a whole article to the effect of how Storybrooke is just not physically possible. Of course, this comes from a girl who watches shows like X-Files without blinking an eye. I get hung up on the weirdest things sometimes.
Moving on, the episode gives us a congruently running story of Snow White trying to forget Charming and Mary trying to forget David. Snow goes to Rumple, who has mad ninja skillz btw, and asks for the cure for a broken heart, which happens to be a magical memory eraser potion. That’s pretty hefty so she wants to think about it first. Rumple gives her the potion in return for a lock of her hair… yeah, that’s not going to end well.
Mary takes a less noble route and effectively stalks David. She tries to quit but finds a wounded bird which she takes to the animal shelter he works at (in mimic of the carrier pigeon Charming sends out to find Snow in fairy world). Mary becomes determined to get the bird back to its flock but a major storm is brewing, literally.
Okay, so the licensed Veterinarian… how does that work? Was he a woodsman or something and the curse just flopped him into a roll and downloaded all the information into him like Neo. “Whoa, I know Veterinary Medicine!”
Typical blah blah trope trope later and Mary and David get stuck in a cabin waiting out the storm while Snow’s plan to see Charming lands her in the dungeon. Insert more forbidden romance hyperbole and an eighth dwarf. Now, I am all for adding more dwarfs but seriously, ‘Stealthy’. You name a dwarf Stealthy and then kill him off because you don’t give him mad ninja skillz? Writers. I.am.disappoint.
Charles Widmore then appears and goes all evil on the Snow/Charming relationship because that is what Charles Widmore does. Eventually both Snow/Charming and Mary/David split up because it’s the right thing to do. Of course, in one of the most interesting, if a bit strange, divergences, Mary/David end up kissing in the middle of the street and Charming dumps Abigail for Snow only she’s drank the magic potion and promptly forgotten him.
We know that Snow and Charming end up together, so why is it the writers chose to create more angst and obstacles in that relationship and hook up Mary and David already? It’s possible they (the writers) like the dampened angst of the Snow/Charming relationship (since we know they get together) and they also dislike the will they/won’t they trope relationship that could build with Mary and David? Time will tell and it’s these small touches which keeps us, or at least me, interested.
Oh, and the Stranger? Turns out he’s a writer who is in town because he has something he needs to get done. Could he be a descendent of Grimm or Anderson? Is he from the fairy world? Is he the writer of Henry’s book? Is he Emma’s own ‘Prince Charming’? Will this all end in a church? Actually, that would work out quite nicely…