ONCE UPON A TIME: “The Song In Your Heart” RECAP
TV Shows that do special musical episodes can either be a hit or miss and sometimes is a sure sign of jumping the proverbial shark. The best I’ve ever seen was Buffy The Vampire. Sunday night a long-time staple of ABC, Once Upon A Time went all in and it was a pleasant surprise. Warning, spoilers ahead…
The episode opens with a young Emma (Jennifer Morrison) singing into a recorder. We see her holding back because she is told that she has no one and will always be alone. This will play a role later in the episode. We go to the past when Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) makes a wish to defeat the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) by the use of Song. Snow and Charming (Josh Dallas) have a delightful duet together and they truly make a wonderful couple on and off-screen.
Snow’s wish extends throughout the Enchanted Forest including the Land of Oz where Zelena (Rebecca Mader) belts out probably the performance of the episode. The Evil Queen is also affected by the this and sets out to put an end to it. The Blue Fairy who originally granted Snow’s wish informs both Snow and Charming that Snow’s wish will be part of Emma’s future and her destiny.
Fast forward to the eve of Emma’s wedding to Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Snow presents her daughter with the wedding dress she wore to her wedding to Charming. Fiona, the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) shows up to put a damper on the celebration as the clock ticks towards the final battle between light and dark. In exchange of saving Storybrooke and all those closest to her, Fiona wants Emma’s heart. Henry in the meantime discovers that Emma’s heart because of the Song wish cast by the Blue Fairy to Snow, makes her heart stronger and with the knowledge that she has never been alone. Fiona tries to crush Emma’s heart but fails. Emma then breaks into song and not only saves herself but her loved ones as well. Although defeated for the moment, Fiona warns Emma that the final battle is still on.
It’s finally the wedding day Captain Swan is now officially man and wife. As they sing and profess their love for each other, dark clouds roll in and a new curse is unleashed as the final battle us set to be begin. The two-hour season finale airs next Sunday.
As of this writing it is very sad to see that after six season, Jennifer Morrison will not be returning should the series get picked up for a seventh season as many believe will happen. If OUAT has another season, her departure will be felt, no doubt about that. Is it better to continue on without her? That’s hard to say. I’m sure there are plenty of stories to be told. Either way, thank you Jennifer aka Emma Swan for six wonderful seasons that my daughter and I can bond on. Good luck in your future endeavors.
May the Dork be with you,
The Dork Knight