Mysterious stranger who let’s be honest is definitely Merlin. I’m still giving him the benefit of the doubt. It’s really hard because I keep expecting Colin Morgan to appear. Can there be a cameo. Meanwhile the movie is playing in the background which includes old Merlin and blonde Arthur. Spoiler alert, their Arthur is a brunet and not Bradley James. Still disappointed over here, I don’t know about you guys. Anyway back to Merlin, he warns her not to eat the chocolate bar because it will lead her down the wrong path (chocolate bar that does it?), and she will not be able to pull the sword out of the stone. So she doesn’t and when she turns away from the man and looks back, he is gone. The usual dramatic exit in this show is to disappear once you turn your head away.
It begins with a scene of King Arthur, who is not yet a king, going to the sword in the stone. He is flanked by Lancelot (Boyd) and Percival (cute). There is another man vying for it, but because of his greed he is vaporized. Then Arthur pulls out the sword and it turns out to be broken. The end of the pattern ends with the dark one dagger, which now has Emma’s name on it. The one thing I need to know is if the time lines are matching up. If they don’t, then any dark one could have pulled out Excalibur apparently. Arthur then goes on to become a king of Camelot. I’m not going to lie, but I can’t really see the actor they chose as Arthur. He reminds me more of Prince Eric than Arthur. The actor they chose for Percival on the other hand could do it. Yet my eye just drifted over Arthur because he does not look like all of the others getting chosen today: i.e. Bradley James and Charlie Hunnam.
Meanwhile back in the present, Emma has disappeared from Storybrooke, but the dagger is left on the ground. Hook picks it up to try and summon her back but nothing happens. No Emma’s appear. Though I have to say that in this scene I was like did Hook get a new haircut. I’m really liking it, I don’t know about you guys. Yet where is Emma? Well she is flowing through an Enchanted Forest manhole. She comes through in black goo for some reason. It is there that she encounters the dark part of Rumpelstiltskin, who wants to teach Emma to become the dark one. She of course resists it, but begins to unconsciously use her powers. Also her clothes magically changed into some ratty gray dress and cloak. She was the only one who changed her clothes from the transition to the Enchanted Forest.
She is trying to find her way to Merlin and instead she finds Merida. Merida with her terrible hair color. As a natural red head, I am a little offended at how unreal it was. The actress is spot on with everything else (she is from Scotland), just not the color. They are pitted against one another because only one person can use the wisps at a time for a lifetime. There was way more than one wisp in Brave. So Rumple of course is in her ear about how she will have to steal it or kill Merida. The bad devil on her shoulder. Emma tries to stop herself from doing that and it just looks like she is talking to herself. The struggle within Emma was interesting to see. I think this was one of my favorite parts because it was her struggling against these new instincts. She doesn’t want to follow the dark, but it is happening anyway.