Not!Rumple: “You need a hobby, something to take your mind off the dark things you’re going to do. Do you like knitting?”
“The Dark Swan” is the September 27 season premiere of “Once Upon a Time.” This article contains spoilers —every article has a price. Be sure you check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Once Upon a Time” airs Sunday nights at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.
Jennifer Morrison deserves all the awards. Her portrayal of Emma as the Dark One was absolutely amazing. You can see the struggle that Emma’s going through, and even more than that, you can already tell how the power has changed Emma. She carries herself differently. Also, she looked stunning in her new Enchanted Forest outfit.
What happens when someone first becomes the Dark One had never really been something to think about. You just figured they turn dark, just like that. We have seen Rumple before he was the Dark One, and then after he gave into the darkness, but we never saw his very first moments as the Dark One.
With Emma, we are seeing her entire journey, and it is fantastic. Her scenes with Not!Rumple (seriously, what do we call him?) not only gave us an insight into Emma’s struggle, but we learned that every Dark One has acted just like Emma has – refusing to give in. It was interesting to hear all the background information Not!Rumple provided, and it’s always fun seeing Rumple (even though it’s not Rumple) teach magic.
Not!Rumple represents the darkness inside of Emma, and every other Dark One, and he is used brilliantly to show how Emma’s subconscious was changing. The darkness has seeped into every part of her being, and it can force its way out, even without Emma realizing it.
The best moment was Emma parroting everything Not!Rumple was saying because it allowed us to see that Emma wasn’t the one in control. The darkness can take over someone completely. It started to do that with Emma, and it did the same thing to Rumple. Not!Rumple was a great way for us to understand how becoming the Dark One works, and how strong the pull of the darkness is.
While seeing Hook desperately working on a way to get to Emma was great, Mary Margaret and Charming did absolutely nothing. They didn’t even look all that worried. The two of them need to start actively helping to save Emma instead of just standing around talking about their concern, and how they need to get moving.
The most that they did was Mary Margaret gave a pep talk whenever Regina and Hook were arguing. It was helpful, but it didn’t really do all that much other than to re-focus the team. On top of that, they brought baby Neal with them to the Enchanted Forest to search for their daughter who might already be dark. A+ parenting right there, and Robin wasn’t far behind since he brought Roland along for the twister ride.
Really, the memory wipe thing, again? Haven’t we done this enough already? It’s no longer exciting or remotely interesting. All it does is provide an excuse to draw out getting answers. The first time, it was an entertaining trick, but now it’s annoying. Is anyone else tired of this?
It looks like Emma was the one who did it, but the why isn’t clear. Perhaps they learned from Merlin how to destroy the darkness, and Emma no longer wanted that to happen. The only other possibility that comes to mind is Emma wanted to punish them, after all she did say she was going to do just that. Do you think Emma was the one who wiped their memories?
Honestly, we didn’t even need to have the flash forward. The point of it was clearly just to show that Emma gives into the darkness eventually, which of course she does. Even if there weren’t official images released of Emma in full Dark One glory, it would be lame if she became the Dark One without ever actually going dark.
What did you think of the premiere? Any theories on what will push Emma over the edge and into the darkness? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.