Join us as we crack open another Once Upon A Time Observations to explore the clues and overarching connections from episode 2.11 — “The Outsider”.
Rumples conducts a memory experiment at the line using Smee as his unwilling test subject. He enchants Smee’s apparently ‘lucky’ red hat. The experiment is a success.
Rumples later explains that enchanting the object one holds most dear makes it talismanic, protecting the bearer, and in this case their memories. The concept echoes the enchanted pendant Rumples gave Henry and Charming to conqueror the Netherworld.
FORESHADOWING TITLE CARD
The title card features the Yaoguai/Prince Phillip in the enchanted forest of enchantment.
WHAT BELLE DID
The backstory picks back up not long after Belle’s encounter with Dreamy in.. “Dreamy“, with Belle still looking for adventure and Dreamy having told Nova how he feels. We know how that story ends, though Belle’s is just beginning (although we also know how that story ends).
Dreamy encourages Belle to go on the dangerous mission to hunt to Yaoguai. Despite the thoughtless advice, he does give her fairy dust which ultimately comes in handy.
Belle makes an interesting comment (for Belle) “I’ve seen what magic does to people,” which ties into her past but also present scenario with Rumples. The current latitude she’s giving him may stem from the fact that she too used magic when it suited her.
It’s also interesting that there’s a distinction between “dark” and “good” magic. While the nature of magic depends on the proponents use of it (“magic doesn’t kill people..”) — at least in some regard — it does play into the whole good/bad theme of the show.
After all, we’ve seen Rumples destroy folk using Cinderella’s fairy godmother’s wand. Is the wand bad or just Rumples’ use of it..
While too much stock probably shouldn’t placed in anything ‘Dreamy’ says, the writers are using the character as their voice, so it’s interesting to see what they’re actually saying about the ‘rules’ of magic, or rather the perception of it.
Does using magic make Belle a hypocrite? I’d say somewhat. After all, she used magic to save the “monster”, which directly informs her undying commitment to Rumple.
Belle’s planning to open the library soon, which should bring some life to this sleepy town.