Once Upon a Time Season 2 Review “The Outsider” – The Pen is Mightier

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 11 "The Outsider" (3)
If you missed the last two minutes of “The Outsider,” this week’s episode of Once Upon a Time (and if you did, it was probably because Time Warner doesn’t really bother starting their shows on schedule anymore, so everything runs past the time DVR’s stop recording), you missed the climax of the entire hour. Up until then everything was kind of…um…not exactly boring, but not as awesome as it could have been.

There were some revelations, though, and Belle did get to prove that brains can totally trump brawn. Back in the Enchanted Forest, after being thrown out by Rumple, but before being imprisoned by Regina, Belle was something of an adventuress, even going so far as to join a party of men who were hunting a terribly, fiery beast.

With a little help from one of her books and from Mulan who was on the same hunt, Belle managed to find the beast, only to discover that he was actually Prince Phillip and that he’d been turned into a monster by Maleficent to keep him away from Aurora. An interesting character cross-over, but you won’t see me complaining about that hottie getting more screen time.

In present day Storybrooke, Belle had to deal with a different beast, her own beast, specifically his past deeds. To lure Rumple away from his store long enough for Hook to steal a shawl that had belonged to the wife they shared (and that also happened to be Rumple’s ticket to leaving the town to find Baelfire), Hook went after Belle. She managed to outsmart him, but then defied Rumple’s demand that she stay away from Hook by finding his invisible ship. She just wanted to steal back the shawl, but she ended up discovering poor Archie.

The fight that ensued when Rumple arrived at the ship and took on Hook was slightly anti-climactic, which should have told me that something bigger was coming, but I was still totally caught off guard by the ending. With the shawl, Rumple successfully crossed the town line and retained his memory, but just when Belle went to kiss him goodbye, Hook appeared and shot her in the back, forcing her forward across the line and effectively erasing all of her memories.

Rumple didn’t get a chance to attack Hook, because at that moment, a car shot across town line and slammed into Hook. The driver is a mystery for now, as is the fate of both Belle and Hook.

Oy. That was a jam-packed two minutes, but it took a long time to get there. And along the way we were treated to a disturbing, foreshadowing scene between Charming and Snow. Her apartment was getting a little cramped with their new family, so Snow wanted to buy a new house. Charming, however, resisted. He wants to go back to the Enchanted Forest; even knowing how desolate it is now, he still considers it home. But Snow just wants to live in a world where they don’t have to fight ogres or dark magic. You can kind of see both points, yet I hope this is something they will work through. It would be a damn disappointment if after all the separations and sorcerers and sleeping curses, their love was threatened by something so mundane.

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