Once Upon a Time: 4.04 “The Apprentice” | REVIEW

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October 23, 2014 by Luciana Mangas

10615408_872774692756210_7593189609729515083_nLast Sunday’s Once Upon a Time explored ever further the German fairytale “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, more commonly known as Disney animated film “Fantasia”. The episode, entitled “The Apprentice”, managed to entwine three different fairytales – Frozen, Rumplestiltskin and The Sorcerer’s Apprenctice – in a very interesting and unexpected way.

In her quest to find out why her parents had gone on a journey to The Enchanted Forest, Anna seeks help from Rumplestiltskin, not knowing how cunning and manipulative he actually is. He obviously says he can help, but only if she makes a deal with him (color me not surprised) and Anna innocently agrees. I thought it was such a nice way to explain why the hell he has come to possess that box, but it didn’t really explain why the box was in that mysterious house that popped up in Storybrooke. I imagine we will find out soon enough.

Have I mentioned how much I adore Anna? I know I have, but Elizabeth Hail just makes me like the character more and more each week and, for her first gig on television, she is doing one hell of a good job. So kudos to you, Ms. Hail.

So, Rumple tells her she is supposed to put some potion into the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s drink, but – obviously – poor Anna can’t do it. When he confronts her about it and tells her the potion was for the poison he had already slipped into the Apprentice’s drink, Anna is livid, especially when he tells he is going to lock her up in his tower for not fulfilling her part of the deal. So he dares her to kill him and she even thinks about it, but obviously doesn’t go through with it because she is a genuine good human being, unlike our dear old Rumplestiltskin. And that was exactly what that evil, wonderful, dark creature needed. With her tear, he manages to break through the Sorcerer’s spell.

Only he didn’t count on the Apprentice – now a teeny, tiny mouse – jumping on him and biting his hand, causing him to let go of the dagger. I particularly loved how Anna was like “Seriously? You’re not coming any closer just because I told you not to?” – God, I freakin’ love this character. So she demands to be sent back to Arendelle and makes him promise that he would never hurt her or her sister and that he would turn the Apprentice back to his human form. Her reunion with Kristoff was so touching, especially now that she has learned that her parents did indeed fear Elsa and her out of control powers.

Back in Storybrooke, Emma finally gives in and asks Killian out on a date. My inner shipper was jumping up and down excitedly pretty much throughout this episode and, although the part where Killian made a deal with Gold was frustrating, I was so glad to see Emma happy and finally opening up to the possibility that she can have a happy ending. The entire thing was just so sweet and she looked so completely smitten that I was smiling through the whole thing. I am sure the whole cursed hand deal will blow up in Killian’s face sooner rather than later, but for now, I am just really, really happy for them.

I am interested to see just what the hell the Snow Queen wants with Emma and what exactly their connection is. I suppose we are going to see a bit of that this weekend in her flashback episode, if I got my facts right. I know it’s soon, at least. So if it’s not right, I’ll just chalk it up to still being jet lagged. Also, I loved how Henry inadvertently turned into Gold’s apprentice with his undercover mission.

Great episode, as per usual, and I absolutely can’t wait to see what happens next.

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