Of all the things that would drive me to write in my journal, this is one of the interesting reasons. Interesting to me, anyway.
I could be upset over the election; how they’re trying to shut Bernie out, how Hilary is, supposedly, under investigation by the FBI (I haven’t been following her all that much) and how Trump is a dirt bag, to put it lightly. There won’t be much of a country left if he becomes president. Any progress that we could have in the country won’t happen under him. These thoughts are just ADDING to my nightmare.
My nightmare is what USED to be my saving grace. The election isn’t helping. My saving grace was supposed to be my get away. Now, it doesn’t help me at all…
The perfection that was once Once Upon A Time. I was always at the edge of my seat. I remember how excited I was when I found out the show was still on the air. I had discovered it on Netflix. Most of the time, when I find a show on Netflix I like, the shows are canceled. The Secret Circle, based on a series of books; NUMB3RS, a crime series where they used advanced mathematics to solve crimes. I was ECSTATIC about Once Upon A Time still being on the air! I have a rough day at work, I always had Once Upon A Time to look forward to on the weekend. Until the season 4 finale aired. Then everything went downhill. At least, for me.
I kept watching into Season 5, hoping the mistakes I saw throughout would eventually be explained or rectified. I did not watch season 6; if season 6 is where they are now. It’s kinda hard to tell, sometimes. The plot, after the season 4 finale, stopped making sense. It was the little things. My brain sometimes makes connections when something big happens, like them needing to find Merlin when, in actuality, they should have been looking for Yen Sid. HE is the real owner of the magical hat. THAT was the trigger that helped me spot everything else. Before the next season came out, I was furious.
“What the hell was Merlin, who should be ‘Yen Sid‘, doing? Taking a nap?”
Then we find out he was trapped in a tree. For a thousand years. WHY were we not told this sooner? THAT should have been the first episode! Finding out how the first Dark One came to be is more important than a stupid curse. Everything with “Merlin” should have been explained first. The curse was the AFTERMATH a thousand years later. And what has happening during those thousand years? How did someone get the dagger from Nimue? And, after watching that episode where Killian betrayed everyone and tried to bring back all of the previous Dark Ones…
- Why were there so many? Who did that happen?
- Why did they have magic? Why did Nimue still have the scaley face when she stepped off of Cheron’s boat?
Think back, for a moment, to when Rumple killed Zoso and his “scales” passed to Rumple. Zoso returned to normal. Why, when Nimue stepped off Cheron’s boat, did she have her “scales”? Her power was passed to the person that killed her. She would have returned to normal. She would have died magic-less, which is exactly how she should have stepped off Cheron’s boat. Along with everyone else that stepped off with her.
But that’s just one issue, and that’s towards the end. After Rumple managed to transfer the power of the Dark Ones to himself, I gave up on the series.
Excalibur chooses its miracles? Why would it choose to allow Rumple to take the power instead of destroying it?
Back to the beginning. Like I said before, the “Merlin” thing was a trigger for EVERYTHING! My mind, my nightmare, starts towards the beginning. Where Merlin should have been.
What was going on during those thousand years? What was going on during the first 500 when Merlin was walking around? What was he running from and why was it never mentioned again? Why wasn’t he able to grant his apprentice eternal youth when he clearly had eternal life? Who was the first author? Who was the author Isaac replaced and how did he die?
What was happening to the land, to the kingdoms, after 1,500 years? We get that little bit with Rumple and moving forward, but not so much beforehand. And what the hell was Rumple doing during those two hundred or so years he was the Dark One? And I say two hundred because Killian, at one point in season 4 (which was brilliant until the end, by the way) said he was two hundred thirty-three years old. Rumple was no the Dark One for all two hundred thirty-three years, and, seeing as how we don’t know how old Killian was when Rumple became the Dark One, two hundred some odd years was how long he was the Dark One. Yay for hypothetical math!
For twenty-eight of those years, he was in Storybrooke. What was he doing before that? Besides searching for his son.
What was Merlin’s apprentice doing during the 1,000 years Merlin was stuck in the tree (or was he the tree?)? Besides guarding the hat and governing Isaac. And why does the Author have a name, but not Merlin’s apprentice (or did I miss it?)? Why wasn’t he guiding Arthur?
Merlin, from inside the tree, was sending messages to Arthur, which eventually drove him mad. His apprentice didn’t seem to have any problems communicating with him. In particular, after David and Snow put Emma’s darkness into Lily; the apprentice had NO problem talking to Merlin then.
Why didn’t Merlin have his Apprentice guide Arthur?
Because it wasn’t written that way.
What happened to the Apprentice after he, I presume, died?
What happened to Isaac after Snow and David caught him trying to escape Storybrooke?
Why did crushing Merlin’s heart for the curse work?
Let’s get to that later.
Need to discuss Killian, first. He’s stuck in my head at the moment, for him becoming a Dark One makes ABSOLUTELY no sense! To me.
The tethering spell Merlin came up with to bind his psycho ex to the dagger was brilliant. It backfired because he couldn’t bring himself to kill the woman he loved… didn’t stop her any. Bitch.
Anyway, the tethering spell also bound her power to the dagger. Duh.
Kill her with the dagger, all the power of the Dark One goes to the killer. Duh.
How did tethering Merlin to the other end of Excalibur make him a “Dark One”? Emma told him, “if anyone can fight the darkness, you can”. What? He didn’t have any darkness. Emma had it all after she became the Dark One. If anything, Merlin was the “Light One”.
Emma pulled the darkness from Merlin, that he shouldn’t have had, to turn Killian into another Dark One. There was that scene where we could see the darkness leaving Merlin.
W? T? F?
Even if Emma moved the tethering spell from Merlin to Killian, it wouldn’t have kep him alive. If anything, after his name appeared on Excalibur, it would have begun to fade like Rumple’s name began to fade from the dagger after Killian poisoned him. How the hell would Killian have become a Dark One? I don’t recall any of the darkness passing from Emma to him. THAT would have made more sense. Take the tethering spell from Merlin and then the darkness from Emma. TA-DAH!
Then there’s the magic. Something I question about Rumple as well.
How did he, Killian and Emma suddenly have control of their magic? Nimue, too, for that matter.
Zelena was born with it; had trouble controlling it her entire life until she was taught. Ingrid was born with it; it kicked in to save her sisters and she had trouble with it the rest of her life. Until she was released from the urn… How the hell did she learn how to control her powers?
And Elsa didn’t learn to control her magic until she trained with Ingrid, which now makes no sense.
Then there’s Emma, who started off having trouble controlling her magic until she learned to accept it. Then she became the Dark One and started off having issues controlling her magic in the beginning and then…
Suddenly, she has perfect control. We didn’t see the Rumple copy giving her a bunch of lessons, just egging her towards the “Dark Side”. Interesting thing about that is the fact that she was never “evil”. She answered her own question(s).
She was asking Merlin if there was a way to use the darkness for good; turns out you can. She was doing that, in her own strange way. She had Viola (I think) break Henry’s heart, then, when she erased their memories of it and that embarrassment with Viola’s father, they were able to start over. They got another shot.
Don’t quite understand why erasing Killian’s memory changed anything about who he was. Should he have been a Dark One? No. But that doesn’t being I’m not going to question the aftermath. Why would erasing his memories have stopped him from “behaving” like his evil self? Why wasn’t Rumple’s double egging him on? Why wasn’t he catching onto the fact that he probably wasn’t SLEEPING? Dark Ones don’t sleep. And, if the dagger makes a ringing noise, why didn’t he hear it?
Because that’s how it was written.
So, what happens with the curse now? It was case twice. To send everyone home, who has to break it? Killian, Snow or both of them? Or are they stuck in Storybrooke because of the overlay?
Let’s get off the plot, a little bit, before I lose my mind more than is necessary. A little bit.
Rumpelstiltskin was the plot driver. He was the one who drove Regina “mad” enough to cast the curse to begin with. He drove the plot a few other ways, too.
He taught Cora magic, which led to a relationship, which led to her putting her own heart in a box because she loved him so much. He was distracting her from achieving her ultimate goal. Power. I’m a little confused as to why she had not tried to kill him sooner. Oh. Wait.
It was written that way.
Side note: If her ultimate goal was power, she was FUCKING STUPID (because she was written that way)! If power was the motive, psychologically speaking, Rumple would have been PERFECT! With Merlin being a tree, Rumpelstiltskin was the strongest individual around! What/who was more powerful than him? What Cora wanted, the way she was written, was the spotlight. Rumpelstiltskin was a background power; a wasp on the wall waiting for the perfect moment to sting, which was NOT where Cora wanted to be. She wanted to be able to FLAUNT her power. Plus, I highly doubt Rumple would have cared if Cora had kept Zelena. He would have been there.
End side note.
Cora’s actions drove the plot as well. Setting it up so Regina could save Snow, leading to Daniel’s death (Henry Daniel Mills) and Regina marrying Snow’s father, blah, blah, blah. Had Rumple not taught Cora magic, none of that would have happened and we wouldn’t be where we are today.
TO BE CONTINUED – need a break…