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The Pain of Sacrifice — #OnceUponATime

The Pain of Sacrifice — #OnceUponATime

What a great episode to come back to after the Thanksgiving holiday. With the idea of thanks in mind, Once Upon a Time gave us a lot to think about and dissect this episode. While the main story may revolve around Rumple and Belle, I want to take a moment to discuss the real hero of this episode, Aladdin.

The story that everyone, including our heroes in Storybrooke, seems to glide right over is Jasmine, Aladdin, and the magic lamp. Aladdin made a giant, life-altering sacrifice for Jasmine and the good of Agrabah. When Jasmine and Aladdin decided to rub the magic lamp in hopes of making a wish with a genie to return to Agrabah, the lamp was empty. I was just as surprised as they were. To be honest, I was thinking and hoping that Jafar was in there. Aladdin mentions to the genie he knew was free, so chronologically based on the movies I thought Jafar would have been turned into a genie by now. Jasmine was seriously bummed. Aladdin decided to put the cuffs on himself and grant Jasmine her wish. Jasmine didn’t seem too phased about Aladdin’s sacrifice. Honestly, she could have urged him a lot more to not become a slave to her wishes. If Jasmine doesn’t see how much Aladdin secretly loves her after this grand gesture, then she doesn’t deserve him and I will abandon my fantasies of seeing a live version of the epic romance this season. Savior or not, Aladdin did not get the credit nor screen time he deserved.

Belle also made a sacrifice, but one that was more inclined to have a long-term effect on her baby rather than herself. Sure, she will miss her son, but her baby will have a harder time growing up. Even though Rumple technically wasn’t the one who sped up Belle’s pregnancy, he still was to blame because it was his original plan. Who cares if he didn’t go through with it. Rumple does not get any sympathy points from me at this point, even if his mother is a dark fairy who abandoned him for power. If you think about it, Rumple really pulled the short end of the stick in the gene pool. Not only is his father the wicked Peter Pan, his mother is a dark fairy. Rumple didn’t have a chance to be good. But, like I said, he still gets no sympathy from me at this point.

Zelena on the other hand, totally got some sympathy from me. Regina’s hero act was something a cold hearted, ex-villain would enact. Maybe the darkness is still with Regina because of the way she shot down Zelena was rough to watch. I actually felt sorry for Zelena, who brought up a good point about hero’s showing forgiveness and allowing redemption for change. What makes Regina think she is so special and that Zelena couldn’t produce the change that she has? As Regina pointed out, the Evil Queen has a whole in her heart that she is trying to fill with Rumple. I think it’s possible that Regina has a hole in her heart that may bring about a dark path. Saving someone doesn’t make you a hero. It’s the mentality that surrounds you as well. Snow is a great example of a hero who has the right attitude and saves people. Regina still has a way to go with the attitude part.

As much as it pained me to see Belle give up her child, it was the best course of action. I cannot say the same for Aladdin and his decision to become a genie. I was pained — it was not the best course. In other news, Emma found the sword that ultimately causes her death. It was a little bit of an anticlimactic moment. Emma thinks she is closer to finding out who her hooded killer is. I have my speculations on who it could be. How about you? Tune in next week for the winter finale of Once Upon a Time.

Cat CombsCatalina Combs is an aspiring film critic from California. She loves reading, writing, film, baking, music, drawing, traveling, Disney, and playing soccer. Her life usually revolves around all of these and her family. The oldest of six, Catalina tries to set a good example for her siblings. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2010 with a BA in English Creative Writing and is pursuing an MA in Film. I also blog on WordPress and contribute to the website Examiner.com. Twitter- @tiggercraze | Facebook- Cat Combs | Instagram: @tiggercraze

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