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07 May 2013 @ 12:11 am
Once Upon a Time - Lacey Review  
I truly loved this episode! It has taken me forever to write something up about it but I've finally finished. *whew* Now it's time to work on The Evil Queen. :)

While I love the episode in and of itself, I would still love it even if it was only the episode where Belle got OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. They completely dropped the ball on the Belle storyline and allowed her to languish - for absolutely no reason - as a hospital patient. This was an issue with them last season and it only got worse this season. I do hope they tighten things up next season. It's one thing to have to put aside a character for a while and focus on others and quite another to do so in such a nonsensical way.

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But that is over now! Gold remembered where she was and went to spring her from confinement. And then all manner of entertaining hell broke out courtesy of Regina. She has her mojo back, is done crying for the moment, and we can once again depend on her to do what she does best - screw up the lives of anyone feels has wronged her. And Gold has CERTAINLY wronged her so I can't say he doesn't deserve it. Unfortunately for Belle it is nearly impossible to come at the Dark One directly so she again is caught in the crossfire.

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Very sassy crossfire. Regina is definitely feeling more herself now that she has appointed herself mayor again. (Really. How does that work? She just announced it and they were all 'well there is A LOT of paperwork piled up so why not?') Since I am in favor of ALL the sass and not in favor of delusional Regina these scenes made me a happy fangirl.

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He might have won the first round but she definitely won the second. :D

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And now he is at a LOSS. The man has NO CLUE why Belle loves him but at least has spent enough time trying to figure out what she likes that he has an idea of where to start. But with hard drinking, dismissive Lacey where does he being? Like amnesia!Dave, amnesia!Belle was the true essence of herself - she was Belle without Belle's memories but with Belle's personality. (Think back to David at the beginning. He was Charming without the memories. It wasn't until he was whammied by the windmill that he became weak, spineless David Nolan.)

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Where does he begin? Well, with Charming of course! That is where he goes for all his love advice needs and to have relationship talks. It's so interesting that he is willing to show Charming his vulnerability and to show some of the man beneath the masks. And Charming does give some good advice. But the question is who is the man she fell in love with?

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He thinks it was all about the 'nice' part of him. That she will only love him if he is good so he tries for good and ends up tying himself in knots. The nice, non-threatening shopkeeper isn't who he is and isn't who Belle fell in love with. He has forgotten that she fell for the complicated, difficult, annoying, and dangerous but layered Dark One who she couldn't quite figure out. Belle likes a challenge and so does Lacey.

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He gives her a pillow for her comfort while seeming completely flummoxed by her tears and acts as though he simply wants her to muffle her sobs. He captures a thief and proceeds to torture him (though obviously not too much since he was basically fine) but doesn't do anything worse than snap at her and poof away her book in irritation when she frees him. He wants to deal for info but makes it clear that Belle is NOT for sale. He talks about killing Robin Hood and then claims to have missed when he actually gets around to shooting him. This is the man she fell for. Not a bumbling, nervous and harmless shopkeeper. Even if he is all adorable like that.

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And he gives her a library. With some covering words about it simply being another room to clean. But he knows what these books mean to her. And this is CLEARLY a grand, romantic gesture only slightly obscured so he can pretend it isn't. That he hasn't already fallen for her.

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Though I'm sure who he thinks he is fooling. She has him wrapped around her little finger from the moment she hugs him. And she knows it.

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But back to Lacey. What does she like and what does she want? It turns out that she likes him DARK. Lacey is all of Belle's desire for adventure and excitement turned up to eleven and her interest in helping people muted. So Gold is going to put on a show for her and keep her close by letting himself off the leash. He is her and will do whatever it takes to bring back Belle

Oh, and don't worry about her forgiving him. This is a woman who hugged him directly after he tortured and nearly killed someone. She can handle it. The one who is going to learn something about the other is HIM. He has Belle on a pedestal built up by years regret and the pain of thinking her dead. It's past time she got knocked off that. Pedestals are not healthy for relationships.

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daybreak777: emilie2daybreak777 on May 7th, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
I agree. Belle keeps getting . . . shelved. I think they have a lot of characters and put them on hold sometimes. Like August. And Mulan and Aurora, goodness.

I've been wondering about Lacey. That's Belle's true self? Hard drinking and fascinated with bad boys? Okaaay. But then why didn't she marry Gaston? Hee.

I get why Belle or Lacey fell for him. But didn't he fall for her because she was good and believed in him, all of him? She believed in his good side too. Not so much with Lacey but he's with her anyway.

I'm not worried about her forgiving him. I'm worried about her forgiving herself. How dark can she go? Will that be okay with her integrated self? Her memories are coming back. I hope she can rest well with them.
Chloris: Once Upon Mr. Gold smirkchloris on May 7th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
They had the stop-start issue last season but it was much more noticeable this season because they shelved characters for much longer. Having SO MANY characters to serve that you forget rather important ones for several episodes at a time is a hint to have less characters. Mulan and Aurora at least make sense - they are in FTL present and we wouldn't expect to see them week to week.

No that is not her true self! Any more than Charming's true self is as a waffling, weak, man who always does the wrong thing. This is her cursed self which is a fun house mirror version of her real self. Take an positive interest in adventure and turn it into a negative interest in violence. Take a positive interest in Rumpel and turn into a negative interest by having her want his bad side. And so on. As for Gaston, even if this was Belle's true self, he isn't bad just pathetic and dim.

Yes, he fell for her because she was good and kind and believed in him! However, he has NO CHANCE of getting Belle back unless he can keep Lacey near. It's all about finding a way to get the kiss to work or some other method to work. And let's face it, if he had to watch her fool around with other men, the population would go down rather quickly. So it's a safety issue too. :)

If they have her do something evil then that could be a problem. So far she has just been seen enjoying some moderately bad things and liking Rumpel's bad reputation and nasty attitude towards others. Let's think back to Charming and what he did to his True Love! And to a woman he considers a good friend. If he can sleep well at night after the Mary Margaret&Kathryn debacle then I'm not worried about Belle.
daybreak777: emilie2daybreak777 on May 8th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
I'd actually be curious to see Belle do something really bad. Why? Well, it would add another layer to her character and second, she'd understand what happened to Rumpel from the inside. How his desire to protect his son and be strong for him went so terribly wrong.

But I doubt she'll do anything too bad. :-)
~Lirpa~: Once Upon a Time: Rkatje0711 on May 9th, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)
You say that it's not Belle's true self, but in your review you said it's her true essence. What's the difference?
Chloris: Once Upon Belle in goldchloris on May 10th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Lacey is not Belle's true self but a twisted version of her. Amnesia!Belle (like amnesia!David) is Belle but stripped of her memories so it's still really her with the same morality and basic personality. So Amnesia!Belle = true essence but Lacey not so much.
ustas_fish: Rumpel_wheeljust_ustas on May 7th, 2013 08:03 am (UTC)
don't like lacey. don't like de ravin even more. making faces is not actor's play. absolutely.
Chloris: Once Upon Mr. Gold Orange Swirly Tiechloris on May 7th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, well. I like Lacey and I like Emilie and her on show chemistry with Robert. I think Lacey is an excellent way to explore the Rumbelle relationship and I only wish they had started that arc much sooner. (At the very least it would have reduced her inexplicable hospital stay.)

Anyway, I'd be very surprised if Lacey is around after the finale so she'll be gone soon!
ustas_fish: Rumpel_wheeljust_ustas on May 8th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
you really made me feel better. thank you. :) i always need some logic.

still dislike de ravin's actor ability. but seems she really likes robert very much. as a consequence of this, they have chemistry between them which wisible on the screen. that helps a lot.

Edited at 2013-05-08 04:26 pm (UTC)
Bruce Springsteen, you're not the boss of me: mother jacking sex god :: latexandleathetrickseybird on May 7th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
The nice, non-threatening shopkeeper isn't who he is and isn't who Belle fell in love with. He has forgotten that she fell for the complicated, difficult, annoying, and dangerous but layered Dark One who she couldn't quite figure out. Belle likes a challenge and so does Lacey.

excellent point! you really made sense of it in my mind
Chloris: Once Upon Mr. Gold/Belle kisschloris on May 7th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! A little bit bumbling and unsure around Belle is part of who he is but far from all of him. If that was it Belle would have been bored as much as Lacey was. (Though she would have been nicer about it I'm sure.)
~Lirpa~: Once Upon a time: Bellekatje0711 on May 9th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
I love your perspective on this! Makes me feel a lot better about what's happening with them.

You should totally make a READ icon of Belle with one of her books!
Chloris: Once Upon Rumpel pointingchloris on May 10th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
I know a lot of fans are upset about the storyline but I personally wish it was a longer arc. At the very least it would have given Belle (or Lacey rather) something to do for the past several episodes. And I do also think from a relationship development standpoint it will be a good thing. They've been rather on eggshells around each other this season and they need to get over that.

Maybe I will. *g* Once the season is over I do want to make another icon batch, picking and choosing from the second half of the season for favorite caps and scenes.
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