Once Upon a Time: The Outsider


by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)


When we left off last week, the whole town believed Regina had killed Archie Hopper, but in  reality, Archie was tied up on Hook’s ship. This week the focus was  on Belle, something long overdue.

In Fairy Tale Land past, Belle is helping to  search for a beast which has a head covered in fire, the Yaogui, which  has been killing people and terrorizing villages. A group of men who  have no respect get the location from her and promptly kick her out  of the search party. Unfortunately for them, Belle gave them the wrong  location. She then finds the creature, which is shot with an arrow from  a different direction by Mulan, and escapes. Mulan, upset over losing  her target she’s been hunting for months, scolds Belle. But Belle, with  the help of her books, knows where it will be, which saves Mulan some  time.

They are able to track the Yaogui down but  Mulan is injured, so Belle goes to fight it alone. She is able to lure  the creature into a trap where she slices a pipeline dousing the creature  with water, putting out its flames. Once it is dazed and laying on the  ground, Belle walks over to kill it but notice that is writing something  in the ground with its nails in a language Belle can translate. It says  “Help me.” Belle then sprinkles it with fairy dust that Dreamy  gave her earlier and the beast turns into Prince Phillip. He goes back  with Belle to Mulan where he helps care for her wound, and they part  ways only for Belle to meet Regina and be taken to a prison.

In present-day Storybrooke, Mr. Gold has been  working on a new potion that will allow him to leave Storybrooke with  his memory intact, and he finds a little guinea pig to test it out on,  Mr. Smee. The potion is successful and Gold now has a way to go find  his son. However, while Gold is away, Belle is attacked by Hook at the  library. She’s able to escape and lock herself in an elevator where  she calls Gold who comes to her rescue. However, Hook is nowhere to  be found. Later, Gold notices something very important to him is missing,  Baelfire’s shawl!

Gold ends up telling Belle why there is hatred  between himself and Hook but doesn’t mention that he killed his own  wife. Gold is determined to get even with Hook and leaves Belle. However,  Belle, being the resourceful woman she is, uses her books to seek out  Hook. She goes to the port and finds birds landing on top of an invisible  mast. She then deduces the boat is there and finds her way aboard, in  turn finding Archie Hopper and setting him free.

When Belle goes to leave, Hook shows up. She  tries to escape but is cornered by Hook. Luckily Gold shows up just  in time. Hook asks if he’s going to use his magic to beat him, in which  Gold responds by beating him with his cane. After beating Hook like  he stole something (which he did), Belle talks Gold out of killing Hook  and they both leave. They go to the border of the town where Gold uses  the potion on Baelfire’s shawl, says his goodbye to Belle and walks  across the line. Luckily he’s aright, turns to Belle, who is then shot  with a gun by Hook, forcing her across the line where she loses her  memory. Gold, in absolute fury, readies a ball of fire to throw at Hook  when a car comes across the border, plowing into Hook and crashing.

This was another one of those episodes that  felt like a filler piece. While it was nice to get more backstory on  Belle, plus learn a little about Prince Phillip (not that he’s in the  show really), this was more a setup for what’s to come next. Something  I have to question about Hook is his ability as a fighter. He was beaten  by Emma and Belle as well as a gimpy Mr. Gold. For being a feared pirate,  he sure loses a lot of fights to inexperienced hand-to-hand fighters.  Also, where was Cora during this whole episode? Belle is just able to  easily find the ship, free Hopper, and almost leave freely without Cora  knowing? Maybe it’s just part of her master plan? Who knows? And finally,  this is the second time in as many seasons that a random person comes  to the town of Storybrooke. Pinocchio did it last season and now a new  person is here. What does this mean for the future? We’ll have to find  out!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. PaulaJanuary 21st, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I agree, it’s about time Once Upon A Time focused on Belle, and that was definitely the best part of this episode. I’m hoping it continues for a few weeks, actually. I won’t be able to watch the next few weeks worth of episodes because I’ll be working overtime at DISH, but I’ll catch them on my DVR. I already set my DISH Hopper to auto-record Once Upon A Time along with the other primetime shows on the four major networks using PrimeTime Anytime, so it will be easy for me to watch the next episodes even if I forget to set timers for them.

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