Character Profile – Once Upon A Time – Rumpelstiltskin/ Mr. Gold – Robert Carlyle

Name: Robert Carlyle

Character on Once Upon A Time: Rumpelstiltskin/ Mr. Gold

Debut Season: Season 1 Episode 1

A Scottish actor, born in Maryhill, Glasgow, he is known for a variety of roles in films such as Trainspotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela’s Ashes, The 51st State, and 28 Weeks Later. In addition to his film work, he is also known for his roles in the television shows Hamish Macbeth, Stargate Universe and Once Upon A Time.  Robert Carlyle has repeatedly amazed audiences with his chameleon-like ability to inhabit a range of characters. Before playing a homeless man, he went to live in the Waterloo area of London where the film was set. For a role as a bus driver, he passed the test for a PCV license in a Glasgow Leyland Atlantean bus.

Carlyle broke into the international eye in Danny Boyle’s 1996 film, Trainspotting. However it was his role in The Full Monty that brought him fully into the spotlight. The film won both box-office millions and Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Carlyle himself won the BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance.  Other notable works include Antonia Bird’s Priest, with Tom Wilkinson, and the Emmy-nominated television movie Hitler: The Rise of Evil, in the title role of Hitler. In 2005 Carlyle was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Human Trafficking, and he starred as Dr. Nicholas Rush on the SyFy series SGU Stargate Universe, a performance for which he won the 2010 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Carlyle recently completed production on the independent film California Solo.

Grimm Origins: TheThree Snake Leaves

By: Neenia O.

“Whilst he thus gazed before him, he saw a snake creep out of a corner of the vault and approach the dead body.”

This week’s  quote comes from the tale of the Three Snake Leaves.

The story starts off with poor man who is dealing with the harsh reality of the fact that he was no longer able to provide for his young son. The man son soon comes to him and says, “Dear father, things go so badly with us that I am a burden to you. I would rather go away and see how I can earn my bread.” The young man’s father gives him his blessing and even though full of sorrow the young man leaves. During the time of his departure there was a war going on, so the young man “took service” with the king of his land, and joined the fight. There came a point during the war where comrades lay dead on both sides, and even the leader of the young man’s troops had been killed. Many have prepared to flee, but the young man stepped up and spoke to them, “We will not let our fatherland be ruined!” The other men heard his words and followed and the war was won in their favor.

When his king learned the victory was thanks to the young man, he became favored in his eyes and “he raised him above all the others, gave him great treasures, and made him the first in the kingdom.” The king had a daughter that many desired, but because of her strange request none had taken her hand. See the princess “had made a vow to take no one as her lord and husband who did not promise to let himself be buried alive with her if she died first. ‘ If he loves me with all his heart,’ said she, ‘of what use will life be to him afterwards?’ On her side she would do the same, and if he died first, would go down to the grave with him.” However even after hearing this, the young man who led the kingdom to victory still wished to wed her and he asked the king for her hand. The king asked the young man, “But dost thou know what thou must promise?” said the King. ‘I must be buried with her,’ he replied, ‘if I outlive her, but my love is so great that I do not mind the danger.’ Then the King consented, and the wedding was solemnized with great splendor.”

For years they lived happily in the kingdom, but as time passed the young Queen became severely ill and soon died. “The young King remembered what he had been obliged to promise, and was horrified at having to lie down alive in the grave, but there was no escape. The King had placed sentries at all the gates, and it was not possible to avoid his fate. When the day came when the corpse was to be buried, he was taken down into the royal vault with it and then the door was shut and bolted.”

By the young Queen’s coffin there was a table, and on it were four candles, four loaves of bread, and four bottles of wine. Once the young man/king’s provisions came to an end, he would die of hunger. He ate and drank only the minimum each day, but he knew that death was still approaching. “Whilst he thus gazed before him, he saw a snake creep out of a corner of the vault and approach the dead body. And as he thought it came to gnaw at it, he drew his sword and said, ‘As long as I live, thou shalt not touch her,’ and hewed the snake in three pieces.” After some more time had passed a second snake slithered out of the hole, baring three leaves in its mouth. The second snake took the three chopped up pieces of the first snake and laid them together (in their right order), and placed a leaf on each of the three pieces of the first snake. “Immediately the severed parts joined themselves together, the snake moved, and became alive again, and both of them hastened away together.” After witnessing this, the young king began to wonder if this would also work on a human being. He quickly picked up the discarded leaves and placed them on his queen, one on each eye, and the third on her mouth. “And hardly had he done this than the blood stirred in her veins, rose into her pale face, and coloured it again. Then she drew breath, opened her eyes, and said, ‘Ah, God, where am I?’ ‘Thou art with me, dear wife,’ he answered, and told her how everything had happened, and how he had brought her back again to life.”

After allowing her to regain some of her strength, the young king and his queen went to the gates and alerted the guards to her recovery. This stirred so much commotion that the king came down to see for himself. The king was so happy to find both alive and well. “The young King, however, took the three snake-leaves with him, gave them to a servant and said, ‘Keep them for me carefully, and carry them constantly about thee; who knows in what trouble they may yet be of service to us!’ ”

Sadly a change had taken place in the young Queen’s heart, “after she had been restored to life, it seemed as if all love for her husband had gone out of her heart.” After some time, the young king planned a voyage for him and his queen, to visit his father. While at sea, she conceived a wicked plan with the skipper, and one night after the young King was asleep, “she called in the skipper and seized the sleeper by the head, and the skipper took him by the feet, and thus they threw him down into the sea. When the shameful deed was done, she said, ‘Now let us return home, and say that he died on the way. I will extol and praise thee so to my father that he will marry me to thee, and make thee the heir to his crown.’ But the faithful servant who had seen all that they did, unseen by them, unfastened a little boat from the ship, got into it, sailed after his master, and let the traitors go on their way. He fished up the dead body, and by the help of the three snake-leaves, which he carried about with him, and laid on the eyes and mouth, he fortunately brought the young King back to life.”

The young king and his servant rowed with all their strength, “and their little boat flew so swiftly that they reached the old King before the others did.” The older king was shocked see them return alone. “When he learnt the wickedness of his daughter he said, ‘I cannot believe that she has behaved so ill, but the truth will soon come to light,’ and bade both go into a secret chamber and keep themselves hidden from every one. Soon afterwards the great ship came sailing in, and the godless woman appeared before her father with a troubled countenance. He said, ‘Why dost thou come back alone? Where is thy husband?’” The young queen told her farther a tale of how the younger king became ill and died, and if weren’t for the skipper’s assistance “it would have gone ill with me. He was present at his death, and can tell you all.” Her father replied, “I will make the dead alive again,” and he opened the chamber, and allowed the two to come out. When the young queen saw her husband, she was taken aback, and fell to her knees and begged for leniency. “The King said, ‘There is no mercy. He was ready to die with thee and restored thee to life again, but thou hast murdered him in his sleep, and shalt receive the reward that thou deservest.’ Then she was placed with her accomplice in a ship which had been pierced with holes, and sent out to sea, where they soon sank amid the waves.”


Once Upon A Time – Season 2 – Episode 2 – We Are Both (Recap)

A Promotional Picture of Cora, from the ABC show Once Upon A Time


Original Air Date: 10/07/12

On last week’s episode; the purple fog that rolled through the town had brought with it everyone’s memories. As the townspeople reunited the newest problem was that no one could figure out why they were still in Storybrooke. Mr. Gold summons an evil beast after marking Regina. Two new characters were introduced, Mulan and Sleeping beauty who are battling a similar beast known as a wraith.  The beast could not be killed and Mary Margaret asks Regina what she suggests they should do to get rid of the beast. Regina suggests they use the Jefferson’s hat. For those of you who are not aware Jefferson is Storybrooke’s version of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. They open the portal and the wraith is sucked inside unfortunately it sucks Emma down with it. Mary Margaret not wanting to lose Emma a second time jumps in after her. David attempts to jump in with them; but the portal closes before he has a chance. Mulan and Sleeping Beauty, come across rubble on their journey to the safe haven. They come across Emma and Mary Margaret who have been knocked out after the fall through the magic hat. Mulan tells Sleeping Beauty that, “That is what killed out Prince”.

As we open on this episode we find the dwarves drawing a line at the border outside of town. A rain drench Storybrooke sign marks the spot. Grumpy is telling the plan of drawing sticks, the shortest straw crosses first. Another dwarf raises concern, with the curse broken ‘could they cross the border?’  As the question lingers the other dwarves start to reconsider. Grumpy snaps them all into line reminding them that they are the royal guard and that this was their opportunity to prove themselves to the Prince. The dwarves reveal their sticks and Sneezy unfortunately has the shortest one. He tries to reason that perhaps a turtle could be just as useful and Grumpy pushes him over the line. Blue waves rush over his body as he shakes on the other side of the line.

Back in town, the townspeople are trying to pull themselves back together after the wraith attack. People are looking for lost loved ones. Geppetto is looking for Pinocchio who has turned completely wooden and is lying in bed. Ruby and Mother Superior are organizing the crowd into help groups.

David is banging on Regina’s door. He brings her Jefferson’s hat and demands she tell him about it.  She makes a snide comment about him needing to bring armed guards and he rather calmly lets her know that without her magic the townspeople will kill her. Henry wishes her alive and that is the only reason no one has hurt her. He asks her about the hat once again and she rudely comments on Emma and Mary Margaret being sucked into it the night before. The two match wits and she claims that if she gets her magic back she gets her son back, her son being Henry, at which point Charming then says if you have to use magic then you don’t have him.

In a flashback we find a younger Regina on horseback frantically pushing her horse TO GO FASTER. She plans to escape, however, the branches of the trees envelop her, picking her up from her horse and suspending her in mid air. A woman is standing behind Regina watching, she chides her for trying to run off. She is Regina’s mother and this version of Regina is wholesome and young looking. She tells her mother that she doesn’t want to marry the king and that she doesn’t want power. Her mother has other plans for her. This Regina cares nothing of magic and power she merely wants freedom. Her mother tells her that power is freedom.

In Storybrooke the town is frantic, David is looking for Mother Superior, Ruby is looking for Mr. Gold, and Geppetto is still looking for Pinocchio. People are worried about if Regina has her powers back or not. Charming is clearly overwhelmed.  David finds Mother Superior, who he calls ‘Blue’ he asks if perhaps there is another magical tree like the one they used to rescue Emma; but without fairy dust there is no way for her to find it. Henry reassures them that they will find another way. He tells them that in the book things always get worse before good news arrives.

Just then, the dwarves run back into town. Sneezy has lost all memory of his former life he believes he is Tom Clark, his Storybrooke identity. The dwarves bring terrible news indeed, if they cross the border, their cursed selves become their only selves.

Elsewhere in Storybrooke Jiminy cricket is trying to get Regina to talk; she refuses, she knows who she is and who she intends on being. We flashback to Regina’s past, she is brushing a younger version of Snow White’s hair and talking.  Little Snow opens a jewelry box and pulls out a necklace. They talk about the necklaces’ origins and Regina tells the young girl that the necklace came from the stable boy whom she was in love with.  Snow assumes the stable boy ran off but Regina tells her that he was actually killed by her mother because Snow couldn’t keep a secret. She places the necklace around the young girl’s neck and begins strangling her with it. Regina is brought back to reality, Snow has just asked about the necklace’s origins. Regina tells her she doesn’t remember, then runs from the castle to tell her father of the terrible vision she had and that she doesn’t want to marry the king. Her mother obtained a book of spells which she got from an unknown source.

In Storybrooke, we discover that the unknown man responsible for giving Cora, (Regina’s mom) is Rumpelstiltskin. The enchanted forest where all the characters of our show are from still exist and Regina and Rumple have been keeping this truth a secret. Regina has come to Gold’s shop to reclaim the book her mother possessed. After moments of argumentative banter and to keep his secret safe, Gold gives her, her mother’s book. He says at one time, he didn’t see the resemblance but she now looks like her mother. The conversation triggers a flashback; Regina is summoning Rumpelstiltskin. He knows her name was waiting for her to summon him.

In Storybrooke, David had told the townspeople to go home and meet back at the town hall in two hours. He is rehearsing his speech trying to find the right words to tell the people. Henry is trying to help. Henry recognizes Jefferson’s hat and asks David, if he knows who the mad hatter is. David tells him that he has heard of the story but that he does not know the man personally. Henry begins telling David his plan for getting Emma and Mary Margaret back but David rushes off to find Mr. Gold before Henry has a chance to finish his thought.  Gold, still isn’t in a helping mood, David asks for something that will help him find Mary Margaret and Emma. He won’t tell Gold what he has to locate the women nor will he divulge how he plans to find them. At a stalemate the two men make a deal, David will not interfere with whatever Gold has planned and in turn Gold will not interfere with his plans to reorganize the town and get Emma and Mary Margaret back.  Gold asks David what happens when people try to cross the border to which David replies, “You lose all memory of your old life.”  Smugly, David exits the store, and faced with the truth of being trapped in Storybrooke like everyone else, Gold begins smashing things around the store.

Continuing with Regina’s flashback we find Rumpelstiltskin talking to the younger Regina.  She is desperately seeking help; he is trying to coax her into using magic, assuring her that this is the solution to her problem. He reveals a present for her, a large object wrapped and sitting in the middle of the floor. His present is a portal to another world. He suggests that Regina push her mother through the glass.

In Storybrooke Regina is looking through the book, the book still contains magic and all she needs to do is inhale the smoke to get her powers back. Flipping through the pages, she inhales the purple smoke. As she does this the smoke turns her eyes a purple hue and the apples on the trees which were once black, to a bright ruby red.

David pours the potion Gold gave him onto the Mad hatter’s hat; the wind begins to lift it and then carries it away. The hat floats to an overturned truck and David discovers Jefferson inside.  It’s time for the town hall meeting and David is nowhere to be found, while Ruby tries to corral everyone into the main hall, Henry tries to get in touch with David.  Suddenly Regina bursts through the doors of the town hall, with her magic rekindled she begins flinging people around like rag dolls. Regina demands Henry return to him and Henry agrees to go with her if she leaves the towns people alone. Regina agrees to this, takes Henry and leaves.

David is talking to Jefferson, who unfortunately tells him that not only can he not get the hat a magic portal to the other realm to work but he also can’t get Emma and Mary Margaret back. The two begin to argue and Jefferson escapes David, taking his last known option with him. Ruby finally catches up to David, she tells him that Regina has taken Henry and that the town fear stricken is going to tear itself apart. The townspeople are heading to the line, risking losing all they knew of their old lives just to escape the curse that plagues their new existence.

As soon as Regina and Henry get home, Henry rushes to his room and tries escaping out the window. To his dismay, Regina has placed a barrier spell around the house and the tree outside traps him. She promises him that she will teach him magic, and that he will be able to make people love him.  He tells her he doesn’t want to be like her.

We flashback to Regina’s wedding day, she is there peering off the balcony as her mother, Cora comes in.  Regina attempts to push her mother through the looking glass, but is frozen in place, by a spell her mother has cast.  Cora taunts her, “It’s not that easy to get rid of me,” the phrase mother knows best rings in as we are taken back to present day Storybrooke.

Near the edge of town, David and Ruby catch up to the townspeople, in a passionate speech he manages to convince the town not to cross the boundary and motivates them to get the town functioning again. He promises to protect them all from Regina, Jiminy and the others head back to town to start their lives again as the townspeople of Storybrooke.

Cora’s taunts enrage Regina enough to break the curse on her and screaming loudly she thrusts her mother through the portal banishing her from the realm. After disposing of her mother, Regina heads out of the kingdom on horseback. She is stopped by Rumple. He asks her how it felt to use magic and she says she loved it, which we can see troubles her. He tells her that he will show her how to use magic. This thought intrigues her but she questions what he’ll get out of it.  Apparently someday she will do something for him, though we have yet to know exactly what that is. Rumple hands her the book back, and Regina asks if she’ll become like her mother, Rumple replies that this is entirely up to her.

In Storybrooke, David has stormed to Regina’s house, sword drawn and ready to fight. Regina calmly lets him in and tells him that the sword is not needed. After her last talk with Henry, she has reconsidered; she plans to let Henry leave with David without any problems. Before he leaves, David asks if the enchanted forest still exists, Regina finally tells him, yes.

As the town begins to pull itself back together, moving on with their old lives in their new bodies; Regina takes the book of spells to the fireplace. She initially planned to burn it but reconsidered and instead locks it in her closet. Henry asks David if Emma and Mary Margaret really survived the trip through the portal. David says he knows they did because he can feel it.

In what is left of the enchanted forest, Snow and Emma are bound and being basically dragged behind Mulan and Aurora’s horses. They ask where they are being taken too, and Mulan replies she is taking them to their home. Home seems to be a refugee camp and not wanting to be a prisoner, Snow attempts and escape but is knocked unconscious by Mulan. Thrown into a pit, Emma and Snow White are joined by the pits only other resident. Cora, Regina’s mother.

Origins — Sleeping Beauty


By: Noel Bleu

Sleeping Beauty is the tale of a young maiden who fell under a magical spell after being cursed by an evil fairy. The basic story line starts at the christening of a king and queen’s long-wished-for child. They rejoice and celebrate their child’s birth; seven fairies are invited to be godmothers to the infant princess. At the banquet back at the palace, the fairies seat themselves with a golden casket containing golden jeweled utensils laid before them. However; a wicked fairy who was overlooked, having been within a certain tower for many years and thought to be either dead or enchanted enters and is offered a seating, but not a golden casket since only seven were made. The fairies then offer their gifts of beauty, wit, grace, dance, song and ability of musical instruments. The old fairy then places the princess under an enchantment as her gift: the princess will prick her hand on a spindle and die. One last fairy has yet to give her gift and uses it to partially reverse the wicked fairy’s curse, proclaiming that the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep for 100 years and be awoken by a king’s son.

The title sleeping beauty is from the French title “La Belle au bois dormant” meaning  “The Beauty sleeping in the wood” by Charles Perraultor and the story “Little Briar Rose” of German origin by the Brothers Grimm. It is a classic fairytale involving a beautiful princess, enchantment of sleep, and a handsome prince. Written as an original literary tale, it was first published by Charles Perrault in “Histoires ou contes du temps passé” in 1697.

Sleeping Beauty’s earliest influence apparently comes from “Perceforest,” a French romance first printed in 1528. While not a Sleeping Beauty tale, Perceforest contains many elements similar to the later Sleeping Beauty tales.

The basic elements of Perrault’s narrative are in two parts. Some folklorists believe that they were originally separate tales, but became one afterward in the Grimm’s’ version, and were joined together by Basile, and Perrault following him.

The next known version of the tale came from Giambattista Basile’s “Sun, Moon, and Talia” also known more formally “asIl Pentamerone, Day 5, Tale 5” (1636). This is the tale which is thought to have influenced Perrault’s Sleeping Beaut. Perrault included his version, the first to use Sleeping Beauty as a title.

After the curse was cast the king forbids spinning on spinning-wheels or spindles, or the possession of one, throughout the kingdom, upon pain of death. When the princess is fifteen or sixteen and her parents are away on pleasure bent, she wanders through the palace rooms going up and down and then chances upon an old woman who is spinning with her distaff in the garret of a tower and had not heard of the king’s decree against spinning wheels. The princess asks to try the unfamiliar task and the inevitable happens: the curse is fulfilled. The old woman cries for help and attempts are made to revive her, but to no avail. The king attributes this to fate and has the princess carried to the finest room in the palace and placed upon a bed of gold-and-silver-embroidered fabric. The good fairy who altered the evil prophecy is summoned by a dwarf wearing seven-league boots and returns in a chariot of fire drawn by dragons. Having great powers of foresight, the good fairy sees that the princess will be distressed to find herself alone and so puts everyone in the castle to sleep. The king and queen kiss their daughter goodbye and depart, proclaiming the entrance to be forbidden. The good fairy’s magic also summons a forest of trees, brambles and thorns that spring up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world and preventing anyone from disturbing the princess.

A hundred years pass and a prince from another family spies the hidden castle during a hunting expedition. His attendants tell him differing stories regarding the happenings in the castle until an old man recounts his father’s words: within the castle lies a beautiful princess who is doomed to sleep for a hundred years, whereupon a king’s son is to come and awaken her. The prince then braves the tall trees, brambles and thorns which part at his approach, and enters the castle. He passes the sleeping castle folk and comes across the chamber where the princess lies asleep on the bed. Trembling at the radiant beauty before him, he falls on his knees before her. The enchantment comes to an end and the princess awakens and converses with the prince for a long time. Meanwhile, the rest of the castle awakes and go about their business. The prince and princess head over to the hall of mirrors to dine and are later married by the chaplain in the castle chapel.

Usually the story ends with a happily ever after, however there is another ending after having been secretly wed by the reawakened Royal almoner,(a priest) the Prince continued to visit the Princess, who bore him two children, L’Aurore (Dawn) and Le Jour (Day), which he kept secret from his step-mother, who was  an ogre . Once he had gained the throne, he brought his wife and the talabutte (“Count of the Mount”).

The Ogress Queen Mother sent the young Queen and the children to a house secluded in the woods, and directed her cook there to prepare the boy for her dinner, with a sauce Robert. The humane cook substituted a lamb, which satisfied the Queen Mother, who then demanded the girl, but was satisfied with a young goat prepared in the same excellent sauce. When the Ogress demanded that he serve up the young Queen, the latter offered her throat to be slit, so that she might join the children she imagined were dead. There was a tearful secret reunion in the cook’s little house, while the Queen Mother was satisfied with a hind prepared with sauce Robert. Soon she discovered the trick and prepared a tub in the courtyard filled with vipers and other noxious creatures. The King returned in the nick of time and the Ogress, being discovered, threw herself into the pit she had prepared and was consumed, and everyone else lived happily ever after.

This is not the usual way the story is told, however, older versions of the story have been found. There are earlier elements that contributed to the tale, in the medieval courtly romance Perceforest , the princess named Zellandine falls in love with a man named Troylus. Her father sends him to perform tasks to prove himself worthy of her, and while he is gone, Zellandine falls into an enchanted sleep. Troylus finds her and impregnates her in her sleep; when their child is born, he draws from her finger the flax that caused her sleep. She realizes from the ring he left her that the father was Troylus; he returns after his adventures to marry her.

Another variation of this exact story tells of how wise men warned the great King that his daughter Talia was in grave danger, there was poison in the palace’s flax.  A ban was put on flax but as expected, Talia still ran across a splinter while spinning flax on the flax-spinning wheel.  In great despair, the king placed her sleeping (or dead) body on a velvet clothe and left her in the forest.

Some time later, a rich nobleman was hunting in the woods when he ran across the abandoned body of Sleeping Beauty.  Far from planting a kiss, the nobleman instead raped her sleeping body, from which resulted a pregnancy.  Nine months later, Sleeping Beauty gave birth to two children (and named them Sun and Moon) and the forest fairies took care of them while Sleeping Beauty continued her slumber.  Whilst placing the babes to Sleeping Beauty’s breasts, one of the children accidentally mistook her thumb for a nipple and sucked out the poison splinter.  Talia awoke from her deep sleep.

Months later, the nobleman decided to return to the woods to have more sex with Sleeping Beauty’s body when to his surprise, he found her awake.  The nobleman confesses that he raped her and they again had sex in the barn. The nobleman then returns home to his wife.
The nobleman’s wife found out about the sexual encounter and ordered the children be kidnapped and cooked alive.  The cook prepared the fiendish disk and served it to the rich nobleman at his dinner.  As the nobleman finished his meal, the wife boldly announced “you are eating what is your own!”.  Alas, as it turns out, the cook had a soft heart and instead of killing and cooking the children, he substituted a goat instead.  Talia and the children and her rapist new love interest lived happily ever after.

Earlier influences come from the story of the sleeping Brynhild in the Volsunga saga and the tribulations of saintly female martyrs in early Christian hagiography conventions. It was, in fact, the existence of Brynhild that persuaded the Brothers Grimm to include the story in later editions of their work rather than eliminate it, as they did to other works they deemed to be purely French, stemming from Perrault’s work.

The second half, in which the princess and her children are almost put to death, but hidden instead, may have been influenced by Genevieve of Brabant.

In the Video Game “Kingdom Hearts A Sleeping Beauty world appears in the Kingdom Hearts games, based on the Walt Disney adaptation, where throughout the games, Maleficent (the wicked fairy godmother) is featured as a major antagonist in almost all of the installments. The princess (named Aurora) is one of the seven princesses of heart, a major story element, and appears briefly in the first game, with only a mentioning of her in the second game. A world based on Sleeping Beauty appears in the prequel game, Birth By Sleep, called Enchanted Dominion. The story is told slightly differently here. After the good fairies put the city to sleep, antagonist Xehanort arrives to study Aurora, whose heart of pure light he believes will help him in his scheme. Maleficent uses the protagonist character Terra by taking control of him temporarily to capture Aurora’s heart. Later, Ventus, another original character, arrives to the world and helps the good fairies storm Maleficent’s castle to free Aurora’s heart. After this, Terra and Ventus’s friend Aqua appears after Ventus and Terra depart, and helps the prince (Phillip) to defeat Maleficent and deliver true love’s kiss to Aurora.

In a more modern and humorous tale as is with most Shrek movies, Sleeping Beauty’s character is more tongue in cheek. Sleeping Beauty is first mentioned at the start of Shrek 2, when Shrek is reading Fiona’s diary. It says that Fiona wasn’t allowed to go to Sleeping Beauty’s sleepover because of her curse. She is later seen, where she tumbles out of her carriage at the Royal Ball after being announced. She has a greater role in Shrek the Third, which involves helping Fiona and the other princesses fight guards to gain access to the castle.

Once Upon A Time – Season 2 – Episode 1 – Broken (Recap)


Promotional Picture from ABC’s Once Upon A Time


Welcome back for Season 2 of ABC’S Once Upon A Time.  Hope you all enjoyed the video recap; we will be kicking off season 2 with this blog recap.

In usual Once Upon A Time fashion we are following a young man in an undisclosed metropolis he is heading home. Getting into his apartment, a dove flies in and drops a note inside his window. The note merely says ‘Broken’ and is on a post card from Storybrooke.

We are whisked away to the same young man racing through the woods; in search of what we discover is Sleeping Beauty.  Once he wakes her up he wants to get her away from where she slept quickly. His riding companion is silently watching them. Since Aurora has been asleep a lot has changed but Prince Phillip (Sleeping Beauty’s beau’s name) doesn’t wish to tell her there. There is a safe haven where they all need to get to.  Prince Phillip does tell her that Maleficent is no longer a problem but he alludes to a bigger threat to their safety.

In Storybrooke, our group is reuniting; the curse that was placed over the town which stole everyone’s memories of Fairytale land has been broken. Mary Margaret who now realizes that she is Snow White is looking for Emma the long lost daughter she and Prince Charming sent away so long ago. Emma walks up and says, “So it’s true?” The two women embrace and cry but the heartfelt moment is short lived because a new mystery is underway, the origin of the mysterious purple smoke. The group decides that the one who has the answers is Regina, the evil queen.  However, after being duped by Rumpelstiltskin, Emma, alerts the group that the true enemy is Mr. Gold.

We are now in a wooded area of Storybrooke, Mr. Gold a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin is having a heated conversation with Belle (from Beauty and the Beast). He is furious that she is alive, not because he wants her dead but, because Regina told him she murdered the young woman before the evil spell was cast. Belle had been locked away ever since. Belle makes him promise that he will kill Regina. After a few moments he agrees and the two share a loving kiss. (Which leads the questioning of whether the Beast, from stories was a metaphor or a literal animal).

While the troupe of people with Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming the dwarf’s etc., head towards Mr. Gold’s shop Snow wants to talk to Emma about their reunion. Emma declines feeling that more pressing matters are at hand. An angry mob races down the lane with a rather finicky Archie the therapist, now known as Jiminy Cricket, running in front of it. He tells Emma and the others that Dr. Whale has rallied some other townspeople and plans to go kill Regina. Henry begs Emma to help her and she agrees.

In fairytale land Phillip and Aurora are being attacked by a dragon, a mysterious amulet saves their lives; this is the same amulet we see Mr. Gold taking out of a box from his shop in Storeybrooke. The angry mob reaches Regina’s house and she ever so smugly threatens them only to find out that she has no magical power. Dr. Whale grabs hold of her only to be stopped by Emma, Charming and Snow White. Dr. Wale tells Charming he is not his prince, leading us all to believe that Dr. Whale is from another story entirely.  Snow White suggests that Regina be imprisoned a fate that everyone seems to agree on.

Back in this new part of fairytale land, Aurora discovers that Phillip’s companion is no one other than MULAN, (yes, she although not a pretend character is also in this show).

In prison Mr. Gold visits Regina to gloat about Belle not being dead, Regina tells him that she didn’t kill her which angers Gold more because she imprisoned her, so that she could kill her at a more useful time. He plans on doing the same to her, revealing the amulet he took from the box in his shop he grabs Regina’s hand and marks her with it.

The amulet is linked to a being called a wraith; this creature feeds on the souls of its victims leaving them damned for all eternity. (Coincidentally this looks and sounds like a dementor but we’ll discuss that later). Mr. Gold leaves Regina there cursed and awaiting her fate. We switch back to Phillip, Aurora and Mulan, Phillip has been marked and fails miserably at trying to hide it. Aurora sees the mark, he shrugs it off and we are taken back to Storybrooke.

Rumpelstiltskin summons the evil creature from the well, Regina wakes from a terrible nightmare knowing that her reckoning has come for her.  Ruby is taking Henry away from the ‘action’. As they drive off, Snow wants to talk about their reunion certain Emma would have questions for her parents. Emma doesn’t want to talk about anything, feeling more at ease to bottle her thoughts inside. Snow demands that they talk, Emma reveals that she has trouble admitting that her parents are fairytale characters but most of all, she has resentment over being deprived of her family.  Snow White tries explaining that if they hadn’t sent her away she would have been cursed to which Emma replies, “but we would’ve been together, which curse is worse?”


Back in Fairytale land Mulan tells everyone that the wraith only comes out at night so to be safe they need to break for camp. Phillip makes a shelter and encourages Aurora to sleep; having been asleep for quite some time she declines the nap. Phillip tells her he’s going to get firewood, promising to be back soon he sheds a tear as he leaves the two women and seeks out his death.

Emma and the rest of the group arrive at Mr. Gold’s who in his usual way pisses them off. Emma threatens to punch him in the face after he refuses to answer their questions. He does tell them that magic is coming back to Storybrooke and then rubs Emma’s happy ending in their faces.  Before they can continue though, an earthquake rattles through the town. Gold tells them that what’s coming is going to take care of Regina. As Emma, Charming and Snow race to the jail, Belle has overheard the entire conversation, tells him he hasn’t changed and rushes off.

In the fairytale woods Phillip has been gone for a while and Aurora decides to look for him, she runs into Mulan and asks if she’s seen him. The two try to figure out where he could be. Mulan tells Aurora that Phillip has been marked by the wraith. She tells her that everything Phillip has done he has done for her and he is going to die for her also. Mulan rushes to find him with Sleeping Beauty chasing after her. Back in Storybrooke we are in the jail with Regina. As the walls shake she is struck with fear knowing that the wraith is nearby, the shadowy figure looms in front of her cell and slowly starts sucking the life from her body. Emma, Snow and Charming arrive at the jail shortly after and try to fight the wraith off of her. After a few failed attempts Snow burns the demon and flees to recover, Regina tells them that it’ll be back. Charming suggest they do nothing, letting her die would solve their problems.  Emma reminds them of the promise she made Henry. Regina tells them that Gold sent the wraith to her; he is responsible for it being in Storybrooke. Emma asks that if they can’t kill the wraith how should they get rid of it, to which Regina replies “We need to send it somewhere else.”

The plan is to send the wraith to oblivion allegedly oblivion is what happened to the old fairytale land. Regina let slip that she has Jefferson’s hat.  We return to Mulan and Aurora traveling through the forest looking for Prince Phillip. The two women are arguing because Mulan wants to leave Aurora back at camp.  Sleeping beauty believes that Mulan is in love with Phillip. The conversation is put on hold when they hear Phillips screams. The two women rush to save him.

In Storybrooke the wraith has returned, Regina is trying to get the hat to open a portal that will suck the wraith back into the realm of fairytales. Regina can’t get the hat working; in fairytale land the wraith is circling above Prince Phillip, Mulan and Sleeping Beauty arrive just in time. He says ‘I Love You’ though we are not sure to whom; the wraith sucks his soul from his body as the women scream in terror. In the middle of the action in Storybrooke, Regina still can’t get the hat to open.  Emma rushes to help her, Snow White and Prince Charming fend the demon off, encircling them in a wall of fire. Emma gets the portal open and the wraith gets sucked into it.  The wraith grabs hold of Emma as it’s going in, Snow refuses to lose Emma a second time, and she jumps in after her. Prince Charming attempts to also jump in after them but the portal closes before he can get in.

As Mulan and Sleeping Beauty are laying Phillips body to rest, Mulan gives Aurora his pouch. She feels that she should have it. Aurora takes it and the two women ask about the time they spent together. Back in Storybrooke Charming is trying to get back into the portal; he and Regina begin to argue about whether the women are dead or not. They begin to fight and it seems as though Regina is going to kill him until Henry walks in with Ruby. Henry catches them fighting and she releases him. Prince Charming crumples to the floor gasping for air, Ruby rushes to his side and Regina quickly tells Henry that Mary Margaret and Emma have been lost. Henry makes Regina promise to find and bring Emma and Mary Margaret back or he threatens to never speak to her again. He goes with Charming and Ruby leaving Regina at the jail alone.

Rumpelstiltskin is spinning thread in his shop, Belle has returned and he tells her that Regina is alive and the beast has departed. Belle noticed that he still had her chipped cup. (Perhaps the cup named Chip from the cartoon is really just a chipped cup) He tells her that of all the things that things in his shop that is the one thing that he truly treasures. He tells her that she must leave because he is still a monster and in a very touching way she tells him that this is why she must stay. At Mary Margaret’s apartment Henry and David (Prince Charming) are just getting back. Henry goes over and looks at the picture of Emma and Mary Margaret.  David says that he will always find them and not to worry about it.

We rejoin Mulan and Sleeping Beauty; the women are still heading back to the safe haven in the kingdom. Mulan is telling the story of what happened as Aurora slept. Regina cast a curse on the land ripping the world away; this is the only corner of the world that was saved for some reason. However, it brought the wraith to their world. Phillip had teamed up with Mulan in search for Aurora.  While she slept the curse was cast, and Phillip and Mulan were frozen in time.  For 28 years they stayed that way until one day something happened. Something weakened the curse and they continued to search for her. They found her but the world they live in is now filled with more dangerous things. They come across some rubble and Mulan removes the stuff from the pile and uncovers Emma and Mary Margaret. Mulan says that that’s what killed their prince. The show ends on that note.

Character Profile – Once Upon A Time – Mulan – Jamie Chung

Name: Jamie Chung

Character on Once Upon A Time: Mulan

Debut Season: Season 2  Episode 1


MTV held auditions for “The Real World” (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, appearing in the San Diego based fourteenth season.  She successfully launched an acting career, making her debut with a small part in “Veronica Mars” (2004). Other roles in other TV series include  “Days of Our Lives” (1965) and “Greek” (2007). She also transitioned into feature films with such projects as Sorority Row (2009), Dragonball: Evolution (2009), Sucker Punch (2011) and The Hangover Part II (2011).

Once Upon A Time – Season 1 Full Video Recap – “Once 101”

Promotional Picture from ABC’s Once Upon A Time

Hello Friends, We thank you for your readership. Unfortunately time was not on our side in giving you consistent Season 1 recaps. Thanks to the guys and gals at ABC that is no longer an issue. Once Upon A Time aired last Sunday at 8 pm, and what they did for their fans was issue a Once 101 which recapped all the crucial moments of the show. Pretty cool of them don’t you think, so sit back and watch the best moments of the show and look forward to a new written recap of Season 2.

To Watch Video Click Here: ABC’s Season 1 Full Video Recap – “Once 101”