Once Upon a Time: “That Still Small Voice” Episode Review

5 Dec

The origins of Jiminy Cricket. Something I’d never given a lot of thought about.  Perhaps because the last time I had seen anything to even do with Jiminy Cricket was in the last century.  When I was about ten years old.  And probably watching The Mickey Mouse Club.  So I suppose this episode just didn’t interest me, because although I have nothing against crickets (in fact I like them), I’ve never cared about Pinocchio.  Possibly because I realized at a young age, sometimes one does have to tell small lies to survive.  And I always felt like that particular Disney movie was a bit – preachy.  I know the original fairy tale is darker and I suppose I should actually attempt to read it.  Perhaps I would develop a newfound interest in the entire story, but until that happens, I’d like to skip forward please, to Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty and the love stories because yes I am a sucker for those, even if I come off as a cold-hearted bitch most of the time.

SPOILER ALERT:

As soon as Emma (Jennifer Morrison) dons her Deputy Badge, the earth moves, literally, and there is a cave-in at the abandoned Storybrooke mine.  Regina (Lana Parrilla) is not-to-pleased to see that her Sheriff and secret lover  (Jamie Dornan) has hired Emma, but she has a bunch of unhappy townspeople on her hands so she has bigger fish to fry.  Henry (Jared Gilmore) is convinced the cave-in means something has changed and there must be a clue in the mine beneath but everyone warns him to stay away.  Okay, there is a piece of glass that comes up that Regina finds but… I’m not that enthralled.  In the meantime, Regina threatens Dr. Hopper (Raphael Sbarge) and tells him he must shatter Henry’s ‘delusions’.  When Dr. Hopper does this, Henry first turns to Emma, but when she takes him back to Regina, he runs away and goes down in the mine trying to find a clue to the other world.  This leads to a rescue effort and Dr. Hopper going in to find Henry.  They get trapped and yes eventually rescued.  Honestly, were either of them going to die?  Logically, no.  So why bother putting them in jeopardy?  That felt like an exercise in a giant waste of time for both the writer and the viewer.  Surely there could have been a better event that actually made me feel like I cared about Henry or Dr. Hopper.   Because to be honest, I began hoping the mine would swallow them both.

In terms of the Jiminy Cricket origin story, that at least had some creepy elements to it but I was having an extremely difficult time trying to figure out why a grown man was pushed around by his con artist parents if he didn’t agree with their actions.  Getting a potion from Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) to poison them seemed slightly out of character for someone who had a closeted sense of morals.  Finally, I just don’t think it was clear to me exactly why he so desperately wanted to become a cricket.  Because they can’t be pickpockets?

Finally, I would have preferred to see a bit more go on between Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and John Doe (Josh Dallas).  They are growing closer but I’d like to understand what he doesn’t like about his current ‘wife’.  I don’t have an issue with him being in love with Mary Margaret, but there is always some reason why one doesn’t love one person but loves another.  Usually it is far easier to define why you don’t love someone rather than why you do.  But in this case they seem to have opted to avoid that topic for the modern version of the story.  Here’s the problem:  John Doe’s ‘wife’ doesn’t seem like the woman in the fairy tale.  So… a bit more of an explanation might make a bit more sense.  Yes, I know we are supposed to believe in the true love portion and that they are simply meant for each other (John Doe and Mary Margaret) but at least explain the lack of connection.  Or try.

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