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Once Upon a Time Season Premiere Recap: A Little Bit Un-Savior-y

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It’s that time again, Oncers! Time to reunite with our favorite red-leather jacket wearing heroine and her band of fairytale character pals. Time to head off on new adventures, battle evil villains, make questionable fashion and hair choices, and egregiously bastardize even more increasingly obscure bedtime stories from your youth.

On deck for fresh bastardization this season are: Aladdin, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Also this Season on Once, EMMA SWAN MIGHT DIE! (And if you believe that, I have a totally flyable magic carpet in my storage closet that I could sell you for twenty bucks. Contact me in the comment section if interested.)

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

I’m On a Horse!

Riding through an Anonymous Barren Wasteland there is a man on a horse. So, you are forgiven for temporarily thinking you’ve stumbled into one of those Old Spice Commercials. Not the ones where Terry Crews screams at you nonsensically for 2.5 minutes. The ones with this guy:

But wait! There’s a man on a magic carpet shooting at the Man on a Horse! I don’t remember that happening in the Old Spice Commercial. Maybe the man on the magic carpet is Terry Crews. Maybe I’ve just unwittingly come up with the theme for Old Spice’s next ad campaign. You’re welcome, Old Spice.

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The Man on the Horse runs into a hut of some sort, and asks for help from The Savior. Obviously, this is a bit confusing because fans of Once know of only One Savior, and she always wears a red leather jacket, which would be very uncomfortable to don in a desert, not to mention a bit smelly.

A young girl tells the Man on the Horse that the Savior is very busy and can’t see him now, which anyone who has ever worked as an executive assistant will tell you is code for “He’s shopping online for golf clubs, and can’t be bothered to talk to your unimportant ass.”

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Then, the man on a Magic Carpet appears. It’s Jafar from Aladdin. We know this because he’s wearing that funny hat Jafar always wears, and is carrying his trademark cane with the snake handle. Jafar uses his snake cane to turn Man on the Horse into a brown puff of smoke that may or may not be a fart. Then, he turns the cane on Savior’s Executive Assistant and makes her pass out. (Then again, maybe she just passed out because the fart that used to be Man on the Horse was so smelly.)

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There’s a man huddled in the corner of the hut. Jafar refers to him as Aladdin, but also as the Savior. However, “Aladdin” doesn’t look very Savior-y. For one thing, he has no red leather jacket, though that might be for the climate and hygiene related reasons I mentioned earlier. For another, his hands are shaking uncontrollably, and he seems like kind of a wuss.

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Jafar tells Aladdin it is the Savior’s curse to help people until he or she is all used up, and then die a thankless and horrible death.

Well, that’s cheerful! Remind me to give Jafar a job at the greeting card company I was planning to start next year . . .

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Meanwhile, back in Storybrooke . . .

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“Is that a Hook in my pants or are you just happy to see me?”

Hook and Emma are getting a wee-bit PG-13 on the couch in Emma’s house. Emma wonders whether maybe the pair should take off their jackets before things between them escalate to NC-17, but Hook demurs. Apparently sex in leather jackets is a common fetish amongst pirates. Who knew? I hope Storybrooke has a really good dry cleaner.

Unfortunately, because this an 8 p.m. show on ABC, this week’s installment of Fifty Shades of Leather Up My Crotch is interrupted by some strange vibrations being felt around the house, which isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds despite current circumstances. Apparently, there’s a new blimp riding above Storybrooke, and its about to crash land into a tree, but miraculously kill nobody in the process, Lost the TV series style.

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The whole town comes out to witness the crash, because blimp crashes are the Storybrooke equivalent of the rented bouncy castle at a neighborhood block party. Our Big Bad of this Portion of the Season, Hyde is on hand, to laugh maniacally, and tell the residents of Storybrooke that Rumpel has given him the keys to the town. Hyde’s first order of business as new Town Ruler, apparently, is to overpopulate it with homeless people.

Great plan! Move over Trump and Hillary! Hyde for President in 2016!

Emma and Regina don’t really like homeless people. So, they decide to shoot Hyde with the red dust that they can occasionally make come out of their fingers when they do jazz hands together. This red dust oddly seems to have no effect on Hyde. Then, again, he does seem to have a really bad case of pink eye the next time we see him up close. So, perhaps, Emma and Regina and can take some credit for that.

"Try to Visine this, asshole!"

“Try to Visine this, asshole!”

While giving Hyde pink eye, Emma gets a weird “memory” flash of herself fighting a hooded being. When it’s over, her hand is shaking like Aladdin’s did in the earlier scene. Coincidence? I think not. Emma’s boyfriend and leather sex buddy, Hook, asks Emma if she is OK. And she lies and says that she is just fine for Plot Reasons.

Dream a Little Dream of Beast

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Former Town Ruler Rumpel, apparently, gave his job away to Hyde in exchange for intel on how to wake Belle from the sleeping curse she put on herself, so she wouldn’t have to bone him anymore. (If you think pirates and saviors are kinky, you could imagine what kind of dirty things sparkly faced beasts are into.) Hyde instructs Rumpel to meet this Morpheus guy, who will give Rump some dirt to throw on Belle so he can intrude on her dreams, Freddy Krueger style. (As if sleeping in a dusty box for an entire season without showering didn’t make her dirty enough.)

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Upon learning that Belle’s dream is basically the Disney version of the Beauty and the Beast movie, Rumpel decides to use the dream to make Belle fall in love with him again, so he can use True Love’s Kiss to wake her up from the dream. This shouldn’t be so hard, because Dream Belle conveniently doesn’t remember what a turd Rumpel has been to Belle for the latter half of five seasons. What follows is more or less a fast-forwarded highlight reel from the Disney movie, complete with that admittedly epic Ballroom Dance Scene, but minus the singing ceramic and brasswares.

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“Darn it, I was really looking forward to a rousing rendition of Be Our Guest!”

About a minute and a half later, Belle genuinely seem to have re-fallen in love with Rumpel. Unfortunately for Rump, just as she’s about to suck face with him, Belle suddenly recalls the whole “he’s been a turd to you for the latter half of five seasons” thing. And that’s when things get Really Weird. (You know, because up to this point, everything I’ve mentioned in this recap has been totally normal . . .)

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So, that Morpheus guy, who looks about 25, suddenly pops into the dream to applaud Belle for not sucking face with Rumpel . . . the Turd. Instead, he explains, HE’D like to suck face with Belle to wake her up from her sleeping curse.

“Don’t get me wrong, dude. You are cute and possibly more age appropriate for me than Rumpel. But I’m not in love with you yet. Give me a few margaritas though, and maybe I’ll change my mind . . . Except, I can’t have margaritas, because I’m pregnant. So we may just be shit out of luck.”

“No silly! You love me because I’m your unborn child!” Morpheus explains, which disturbs me greatly, because, for about half a second there I was seriously considering shipping Morpheus and Belle as a romantic couple.

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Then, Morpheus kisses Belle as promised, and wakes her up.

Rumpel is overjoyed. “So, we can go back to boning now?” The Beast inquires hopefully.

“Go Rump yourself!” Belle retorts, before exiting stage left, so she can try to convince herself that she wasn’t temporarily attracted to her kid.

The Sister Act

A new, completely exorcised of evil, and, therefore, slightly less fun to hang out with, Regina has graciously allowed her still evil, and, therefore, still a blast, Zelena, to live with her in her mansion, while the latter is raising the spawn of Regina’s dead lover Robin. Now, THIS is a sitcom I would watch! Are you listening, TV Networks?

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Things get a bit tense between the two sisters, when a scatterbrained Zelena admits to losing a feather from Robin’s bow that is basically the last memento Regina will ever have of her lost love. Regina tells Zelena she is not at all upset about this, which, anyone who has ever been a woman will tell you, is passive aggressive she-speak for, “I HATE YOU SO MUCH! DIE BITCH DIE!”

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Outer appearance

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Inner Monologue

However, after head-shrinking sessions with both Snow White (which makes sense) and her thirteen-year old son (which doesn’t make sense at all), Regina learns that she is using anger over The Feather Incident to sublimate her resentment of Zelena over the part she played in Robin’s demise. (Apparently, someone in the writers’ room at Once has been re-reading his Psychology 101 textbook from college . . .)

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So, Regina maturely returns home to have it out with Zelena, for realsies, over their many issues with one another. Interestingly enough, Zelena has some beef with Regina too . . . the latter of whom’s literal disavowal of her evil self, having been viewed by her still Wicked sister as a direct betrayal of their shared genetic code for sociopathy.

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Ultimately, this results in Zelena and her baby angrily moving out of Regina’s house, and back into her own, where she instantly encounters . . . wait for it . . . The Evil Queen herself! The latter immediately welcomes her fellow twisted sister with a pair of matching alcoholic beverages and plans for world domination.

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Now, that’s what I call a party!

Follow That Bird!

In Plot Convenient fashion, Jekyll instantaneously comes up with the idea to fashion a giant vibrator type thing, and use it to disarm Hyde. The problem is that when the time comes to use the darn thing, Emma’s hands are shaking so badly she can barely get her target off. (See what I did there?) Hyde eventually is disarmed though.

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“The woman on the box made this look so easy. False advertising, Adam and Eve.com!”

However, before Mr. Pink Eye is carted away to Storybrooke’s one-cell prison, he manages to make some choice comments to Emma about her recently acquired Savior-Syndrome, that make our heroine believe this mutton-chopped villain might be just the cure she is seeking.

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When Emma visits Hyde in prison, he instructs her to follow a red bird into the forest, and that bird will lead her to the answers that may or may not cure her gnarly case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Emma does as instructed, and comes upon the Savior’s Executive Assistant from the beginning of the episode. The young girl calls herself an oracle, and shows Emma a longer version of the vision she’s been having throughout out the episode, the one of her engaged in a Matrix-like battle with a dark hooded villain. However, at the end of the vision this time, Emma is disarmed and mortally wounded by her enemy.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The young girl tells Emma that this is her fate, and she cannot change it. But is that true? Are we really destined to lose our series’ main protagonist by series end?

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Probably not. Some have speculated that the young girl to which Emma spoke was not the Oracle from the beginning of the episode at all, but rather Jafar in disguise.

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This theory is bolstered by the fact that (1) Jafar has been known to pal around with a certain red bird named Iago; (2) to display the vision to Emma the girl used a cane with eyes that looked suspiciously like Jafar’s snake staff; and (3) earlier in the episode, Henry just so happened to mention how villains often twist the truth in a way that will inflict the most harm against heroes.

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That said, Emma is probably destined to have a Matrix-like battle with a dark-hooded figure at the end of this season, so Jennifer Morrison should really start working on her karate moves and swordplay . . .

Elsewhere in town, Snow White welcomes all the obscure fairytale characters / homeless people from the exploded blimp to Granny’s for food and shelter, figuring that maybe she can somehow wrangle this into a tax write off. After learning she has less than half a season to live, Emma meets the rest of the cast at Granny’s to perform her mandatory share of soup kitchen duties. Hook once again asks his girlfriend if she is OK, to which she responds, “Absofrigginlutely,” which, anyone who has ever been a woman knows is passive-aggressive she-speak for, “DO I LOOK LIKE I’M OK? MY HAND HAS BEEN SHAKING NONSTOP ALL EPISODE, AND I JUST SPENT THE LAST TWENTY MINUTES TALKING TO A HALLUCINATION IN THE WOODS. WHAT KIND OF IDIOT BOYFRIEND ARE YOU?”

"And I totally would, except my hand isn't capable of forming a fist anymore."

“Lucky for you, my hand isn’t capable of forming a fist anymore.”

And so, the premiere episode of Once ends with Storybrooke’s populating having instantly doubled with increasingly obscure storybook characters just waiting to be bastardized. That means lots more people needing to be “saved.” But what will happen if there is no longer a Savior to save them? Tune in next week, to find out . . . maybe.

 

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The post where I pretend to have a Twitter Account, and help Jimmy Fallon host the Emmys

 

As you probably already know, the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be airing live this Sunday night (August 29th), at 8 p.m on N.B.C., with Jimmy Fallon acting as host.  What you may NOT know, is that YOU have the opportunity to write some of his jokes!  And who do we have to thank for this groundbreaking opportunity?  Why, Twitter, of course!

You see, unlike during other Emmy specials — where you spend half the time cringing at the lame one-liners the hosts come up with to introduce the show’s various celebrity award presenters — this year, you get to write them, YOURSELF!

Here’s how it works.  When you click on this website, you will be directed to a list of all of the presenters for this year’s Emmy awards.  Do you have something funny, amusing or poignant to say about a particular celebrity?  Do you have an existing Twitter account?  If you have answered “Yes” to both questions, simply click on your favorite actor or actress’s name, and you will be directed to a place where you can tweet about them to Jimmy Fallon and his writing staff. 

If Jimmy and his staff like what you wrote, there’s a chance Mr. Fallon will read it LIVE ON TV (giving full credit to YOU and your creative Twitter handle, of course)!  You can tweet to Jimmy throughout the Emmy Broadcast (or, at least until your choice presenter has presented).  Pretty cool right?

Well . . . here’s the problem.  I don’t have a Twitter account . . .

 . . . and I don’t plan on opening one just for this contest, cool as it may be.  So, here’s what I decided to do.  I’ve written a Twitter-sized Emmy intro for EACH of the presenters.  You can read them.  If any of them don’t make you groan or roll your eyes, feel free to tweet them to Jimmy Fallon.  If you do that, and throw at least partial credit to “KJewls” or “TV Recappers Anonymous,” I will be your best friend for life! 

If not . . . well, at least I tried. 

So, without further adieu, my Emmy presenter introductions:

1) Ann Margret

You might remember her from classic films like Bye, Bye Birdie, The Cincinatti Kid, and Viva Las Vegas.  But what really stands out in my mind is her brilliant performance in The Santa Clause 3.  It’s Ann Margret!

2) Anna Paquin

On HBO’s True Blood, she plays the coolest fairy to ever date a boy that doesn’t age, since Tinkerbell.  It’s Anna Paquin!

3) Alexander Skarsgard

Bite into America’s favorite Swedish meatball  . . . It’s Alexander Skarsgard!

4) Betty White

Before Twilight, or True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries, before the wheel was invented, America’s first true vampire was a Golden Girl.  Please welcome the immortal, Betty White.

5) Blair Underwood

Barak Obama was busy tonight, so we got the next best thing.  Set to play the President of the United States, in the upcoming NBC Drama Series, The Event , it’s Blair Underwood!

6) Boris Kodjoe

He’s sexy.  He’s bald.  He’s black.  He’s beautiful.  I’d do him.  Everybody welcome, Boris Kodjoe!

7) Christopher Meloni

Question:  If Detective Elliot Stabler from Law and Order SVU fought convicted murderer, Chris Keller, from Oz, who do you think would win?  Only this guy knows . . . It’s Christopher Meloni.

8 ) Claire Danes

When Jordan Catalano broke up with Angela Chase, I cried.  When Beth died in the Little Women movie, I cried.  When Juliet died in the Romeo and Juliet movie, I cried.  Stop making me blubber like a baby, Claire Danes!

9) Edie Falco

Last night I had this dream that Carmela Soprano was getting high in the on-call room with Nurse Jackie.  Thanks for the memories, Edie Falco!

10) Emily Deschanel

If this lovely lady is leaning over you and stroking your face, it probably means you’re dead!  She plays Temperance Brennan on Bones.  It’s Emily Deschanel!

11) Eva Longoria Parker

Though perhaps best known  for playing the delectable Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives, our next guest REALLY won my heart as Flight Attendant 3 on Beverly Hill, 90210.  It’s Eva Longoria Parker!

12) Gugu Mbatha Raw

She bears the distinction of having the hardest name to pronounce in Emmy history.  Dr. Who is she?  It’s Gugu Mbatha Raw!

13) January Jones

We can’t really blame Betty for dumping Don Draper on Mad Men.  Her people are Nordic.  It’s January Jones!

14) Jeff Probst

He’s been on Survivor for TEN YEARS, and NEVER once been voted off the island.  Everybody welcome, Jeff Probst!

15) Jim Parsons

In order to invite Dr. Sheldon Cooper to present this award, we had to disinvite Leonard Nimoy and Stan Lee.  They both have restraining orders against him.  Sorry guys!  It’s Jim Parsons!

16) Joel McHale

Joel McHale is the nicest, smartest, hottest, and most wonderful man on the planet.  Shh, I’m only saying this, because I don’t want him to make fun of me on The Soup.  It’s Joel McHale.

17) John Krasinski

For our next presenter, we wanted to get the hottest paper salesman at Dunder Mifflin.  But Dwight Schrute was unavailable, so we settled for Jim Halpert.  Everybody welcome, John Krasinski!

18 ) John Lithgow

What is this world coming to? The world is at war, the economy is a mess, and the dad from Harry and the Hendersons is a serial killer!  Say hello the Evil John Lithgow!

19) Jon Hamm

The Dapper Don Draper is here.  An attendant will be stopping by to retrieve all the panties that just dropped on the floor.  Everybody welcome, Jon Hamm!

20) Julianna Margulies

Women scorned by slutty manwhore hubbies the world over, can take a page out of this lady’s book.  She plays Alicia Florick on The Good Wife.  It’s Julianna Margulies.

21) Keri Russell

Please give a big round of applause for the gal who played Felicity Porter . . . or she might cut her hair again.  Ladies and gentleman, Keri Russell!

22) Lauren Graham

She went from playing the fast talking, coffee swigging Lorelai Gilmore, to the bartending, teacher smooching, Sarah Braverman.  It’s everybody’s favorite MILF, Lauren Graham!

23) Laurence Fishburne

Our next presenter is the only guy who could possibly explain The Matrix movies to me.  It’s Laurence Fishburne!

24) L.L. Cool J.

Someone tweeted me this really funny L.L. Cool J. joke.  But when I told him about it, his mama said knock me out.  Please don’t hurt me, L.L. Cool J!

25) Mariska Hargitay

This next presenter could totally kick my ass.  She plays Dr. Olivia Benson on Law and Order:  SVU.  It’s Mariska Hargitay!

26) Matthew Morrison

On Glee, he plays Will Schuester, a teacher who can Bust a Move, Alone, Like a  Gold Digger, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  He also looks great in a thong.  It’s Matthew Morrison!

27) Matthew Perry

He’s the Friend who got it on with Courtney Cox BEFORE David Arquette.  Could he BE any luckier?  It’s Matthew Perry!

28) Maura Tierney

Nurse Jackie learned everything she knows about addiction from this next presenter.  She played Dr. Abby Lockhart on ER.  It’s Maura Tierney!

29) Nathan Fillion

I had this great idea for a mystery novel.  So, I tweeted it to Rick Castle.  Then I realized he’s not a real person.  Thanks a lot, Nathan Fillion!

30) Neil Patrick Harris

If Barney Stinson gave relationship advice to Doogie Howser, M.D.  and Dr. Horrible, they’d all look a bit like this guy.  Please don’t steal my job, Neil Patrick Harris!

31) Ricky Gervais

When I made that comment about Dwight Schrute being the hottest paper salesman at Dunder Mifflin, I really offended this guy.  Everybody welcome, Ricky Gervais!

32) Sofia Vergara

I’ll admit, I don’t always understand what she’s saying on Modern Family.  But it always sounds beautiful.  It’s Sofia Vergara!

33) Stephen Colbert

I’m proud to present the next President of the United States, Stephen Colbert!

34) Stephen Moyer

He’s the only person in the world who can make the name “Sookie” sound like a sex act. It’s Stephen Moyer!

35) Ted Danson

This man needs no introduction, because he only goes where “everybody knows his name.”  It’s . . . shoot  .  . . what’s that guy’s name again?  Oh yeah!  Ted Danson!

36) Tina Fey

She’s a writer, producer, actress, and an Emmy and Golden Globe winner.  Thanks for making us all look stupid and lazy, Tina Fey!

37) Tom Selleck

I’m so excited about this next guest.  He’s been such a role model for me throughout his distinguished career.  Everybody, put your hands together for Tom Selleck’s MUSTACHE  . . . oh, and Tom Selleck too, I guess.

38) Will Arnett

Our next presenter is perhaps best known for his role as magician GOB Bluth on Arrested Development.  Well, if you’re such a great magician GOB, why don’t you make your show reappear!  It’s Will Arnett!

There you have it, 38 celebrity Emmy presenters, and 38 introductions for Jimmy Fallon.  I sure hope he appreciates it!  See you at the Emmys!

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