Sorry, Dustin Hoffman. There’s a new Captain Hook on the scene and he’s completely won me over. In this week’s episode of Once Upon a Time, “The Crocodile,” we finally got to meet Hook, aka Killian Jones (Colin O’Donoghue, in a role that will put him on the map), and in the process, a few pieces of Rumplestiltskin’s backstory magically fell into place.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Baelfire might be the legendary Peter Pan and that the Blue Fairy’s bean took him to Neverland, a place where he would never grow up, but I’m hesitant to say that for certain because we’ve been tricked before. What is known is that Killian Jones stole Rumple’s wife, Milah (Rachel Shelley) long before he became the Dark One. It was only when Rumple had power and had lost his son that he found Milah and Killian sailing the high seas together, in possesion of another bean that could take him to Bael. In a wonderful twist, Rumple turned out to be the infamous crocodile as he cut off Hook’s hand to get the bean, but not before he’d ripped out Milah’s heart, Regina-style.
But Hook tricked him and after Milah was dead, used the bean to take himself to Neverland where he would never grow old and could spend however many years it took to plot his revenge on Rumple. For some reason, when the curse was cast, Hook was one of the ones who stayed in that special corner of the Enchanted Forest that was spared, even though his right-hand man (pun intended) was swept up in the curse. The bad news for everyone is that he and Cora are working together to find a way to Storybrooke. That’s one unholy alliance right there.
Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Belle ran away from Rumple after catching him spinning gold and playing around with magic, only to end up getting kidnapped by her father and Smee who tried to send her over the border, figuring that losing all of her memories would be better for her than being in love with the Dark One. I was so glad to see Belle stand up for herself and try to break free from both controlling men, but all it took was Rumple giving her the town’s boarded-up library for her to warm up to him again.
At the very least, they managed to bring in her love of books, which is the reason all brown-haired girls who would rather be reading consider Belle to be the best princess of all time, but I wish she had stood her ground a little more. Just acknowledging his faults is a big step for Rumple, but Belle has been kept her entire life, first by her father and Gaston, then by Rumple, then by Regina and then by Rumple again. She needs to be on her own for awhile, to figure out who she is, just as Snow and Ella had to, and like Aurora is going to have to.
Except for the brief (but delicious) scene with Hook and Cora, we didn’t see anything from the present situation in the Enchanted Forest. Back in Storybrooke, Charming has temporarily taken over as sheriff, which meant he was the person Rumple went to when Belle went missing, prompting a wonderfully awkward conversation in which he asked Charming for advice on women and relationships. Those moments are what I love so much about this show.
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