Jennifer Morrison. Image courtesy ABC Studios
Recap by Zach Van Norman (@TheZachVan)
The fifth episode of Once Upon A Time’s fifth season was full of dreamcatchers; rather appropriate, given its title. But instead of warding off bad dreams, they actually brought nightmares to characters and changed one of the show’s most enduring relationships. Let's discuss what happened.
Once upon a time in Camelot, Merlin confronted the anonymous first Dark One and attempted to destroy them, but could not bring himself to do so and dropped the dagger, leading to the Dark One using his tear over his lost love to imprison him in a tree. (This memory is provided by Emma in the six-weeks-past timeline using a dreamcatcher.) Emma reveals her discovery to Regina in Merlin's tower, who realizes they can use a tear of lost love in a potion to free him, and the two of them set off to do so.
By Joanne Denney
How far will a man go to save his people? In this episode of Once Upon a Time, King Arthur is faced with the dilemma of a broken sword and a broken kingdom. A king’s got to do what a king’s to do to win at all costs. David is also facing the dilemma of trying to save his daughter, Emma, from Dark forces. Does he sacrifice his hero’s glory for his child’s sake? Each man’s decision on how to face the problem is a drastic contrast to the other.
The episode begins in Camelot many years ago when Arthur and Guinevere are childhood playmates. Arthur tells a secret to Guinevere that Merlin is trapped in a tree, and that Merlin spoke to him, giving him a prophecy that he would pull a sword from a stone and become king of Camelot.
by Samantha Lee - @samsjag
This week Once Upon a Time was an hour of action that ended with a couple of surprising twists. The story focused on Charming and his need to feel useful when his loved ones are in danger. I thought it was a nicely written episode with a script that was tighter than a pair of David's Storybrooke jeans.
The story opens in Present Day Storybrooke where we find six of our favorite dwarves whistling a familiar tune as they mine for Fairy Dust. Suddenly, the Dark Swan shows up and steals Happy's pick axe. Then we flashback to Camelot where Regina, still pretending to be the Savior, is frantically studying Merlin's spell books and trying to concoct a potion to free him from the tree. Belle, Mary Margaret and Emma are all searching Merlin's tower for clues and ideas. A stray comment from Belle and a suggestion from Mary Margaret gives Regina a flash of inspiration. If she can't transform Merlin back from a tree, maybe they can still find a magical means of communicating with him. She finds just the spell she needs, but it requires a special ingredient: Crimson Crown, a very rare form of toadstool. Charming has been tending Baby Neal throughout this exchange. Arthur walks in and says that Crimson Crown can be found in the Forest of Eternal Night. Fired up by the additional testosterone in the room, Charming tosses the baby to Mary Margaret, gets suited up for battle and with Arthur by his side sets off on the Quest to find the Crimson Crown.