Welcome to Once Upon A Time Observations — your weekly guide through the visual clues and overarching connections in ABC’s Once Upon A Time. This week, we’re diving deep with “The Crocodile”
FORESHADOWING TITLE CARD
- The foreshadowing title card for “The Crocodile” is Captain Hook’s ship in the Enchanted Forest of Enchantment.
TRUE DIS-BELLE LEAVER
- Belle’s dream constructs her idealized image of Mr. Gold and their relationship, but her subconscious doubts soon take hold as things get nasty.
- Belle might not be the sharpest knife in granny’s drawer but her senses are in tune with the reality around her, as her dream leads her to discover Gold hasn’t kept his promise.
- Interesting that the suspicious aspect of Belle’s subconscious should be represented by Grumpy, of all people, but it kinda makes sense given that Belle’s about to be very upset. Not to mention Grumpy used to be called Dreamy.
- Further making his appearance seem less random is the fact that Belle and Dreamy bonded in his titular season 1 episode, where they spoke about love.
- Belle’s grumpy manifestation vocalizes her fears: “just because you possess something don’t mean it’s yours”. Before telling herself: “how can you be with such a monster?”
- This unleashes the beast in Rumples as ‘he’ changes into his past form and attacks Grumpy (aka Belle): “Oh it’s me deary, always has, always will be”.
- After Rumples’ transformation into “The Dark One”, he also treated Bae as a possession (“Desperate Souls“), saying: “I’ve protected what belongs to me”.
ME ME ME ME-LAH
- In “Desperate Souls”, the king’s knight Hordor claimed that Rumples ran away from his duties in the Ogre Wars. This account is supported by Rumples’ wife Milah (or ME-lah), who denigrates him for his cowardice. “Run home Rumples, that’s what you’re good at.” (zing!)
- She eventually leaves him and young Baelfire, for Captain Killian Jones.
GAME OF THORNS
- Moe’s “Game Of Thorns” flower shop makes a return following season 1’s “Skin Deep“. As noted at the time, this is a likely nod to the hit HBO fantasy serial Game Of Thrones.
BELLE OF THE SCRAWL
- Moe I can understand, but it’s odd that Gold wouldn’t have an actual photograph of him and Belle by now. Now, he did have a phobia of his own reflection (“Skin Deep“), so perhaps that explains it. Still, you’d think he’d have one of Belle.