For everyone out there who loves Zelena, Once Upon a Time season 6 episode 18 was an opportunity to see many of her strengths pulled to the forefront. However, along the way this episode also marked an opportunity to shine a greater light on some of her flaws.
Specifically, one of Zelena’s biggest flaws was the fact that she was incredibly stubborn, and wanted what she wanted in spite of what other people said. In the present, she wanted to destroy the Black Fairy, and while admirable, she wouldn’t listen to reason. She knew she was more powerful than Regina, and thought that she could do it. Unfortunately, that proved fruitless as she ended up effectively giving the Fairy more power. This angered Regina, and she made it clear that after all of this, it may be better for her to leave.
With that, we had reminders both in the present and the past (see the show’s version of the Tin Man) that Zelena was very alone. She didn’t have anyone, and she’s learned over time that friendship is one of the things that really matters in the world. It was somewhat strange and out-of-character for the new Regina to try and ship her sister off; at least Zelena was able to course-correct by not giving into Regina’s advice. She decided at the last second to stay in storybrooke; not only that, but she showed a willingness to risk her own magic if it meant being able to stop the Black Fairy in her tracks once and for all.
The good news is that Zelena was able to sacrifice her magic since it meant figuring out a way to slow the Black Fairy down. It was successful! From there, Zelena and the rest of the Storybrooke residents decided to wake the Blue Fairy (or at least tried to) in the event to make matters better. This angered the Black Fairy, and in the closing seconds, we saw the Black Fairy admit that the Blue Fairy knows her “darkest secret,” one related to Rumpelstiltskin. Therein is your cliffhanger!
Emma and Hook are so happy! They started the episode with pancakes … which is really just a euphemism for everything else. While Hook was focused on Emma, we saw that Snow was incredibly eager to help plan the wedding of her dreams for her daughter.
Unfortunately, we also saw that there was one other person who was not on board with the wedding at all — Charming. He was opposed to the idea of marrying at Granny’s, and as we found out near the end of the episode. He was really afraid of the idea of the wedding happening at all. Not, it wasn’t because of Hook killing his father, either. Instead, it had to do more with the fact that the Black Fairy was still out there, and he didn’t like the idea of a wedding where the Black Fairy could come in and kill everyone.
A very good episode ripe with Zelena mythology, even if the flashbacks were a little ho-hum. Grade: B+.
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