There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

Shivers down my spine as the extremely handsome and already remarkably charismatic Elliot Knight showed up as Merlin. I think a lot of people had to fan themselves off after his devastatingly adorable smile came into play. Please don’t be evil, Merlin. So far so good, but I still fear it. He managed to mostly distract me from wanting to scream about the Rumple storyline some more. I think the show is moving along pretty well. They usually resolve this first part up by the halfway mark, so the question is what comes afterward. I’m still not sure about Emma’s motivations here. I’m really starting to wonder if she’s telling the truth about believing this is the real her. Anyway, previously on Once Upon a Time, Emma’s the Dark One and thinks that she can make Rumple into a hero who will get Excalibur. There is no logical reason this is true so I want to ignore it. They’re all in Camelot and something happens that makes Emma lose faith and then curse the entire town to forget what happened there. She doesn’t seem mad at Henry or Hook, so … guess we’ll see what happens soon. Arthur is a bad guy obsessed with putting Excalibur back together and Merlin’s a tree.

Flashback before a flashback: Merlin calls for the Dark One and says he killed his one true love. He’s about to kill him, but he seems to remember that anyone who kills the Dark One typically then becomes it. With Merlin as powerful as he is, that could be very, very, VERY bad. He’s trapped by the Dark One in the tree. In the regular flashback to Camelot, Emma appears and has already figured out her parents are influenced by Arthur’s magic. She’s also openly using dark magic now by freezing them and using a Dreamcatcher to learn about the past. She’s really gone fast from no magic to magic everywhere. She and Regina need to find a way to release Merlin, and figure out since the spell was cast by his tears for his lost love, they need the same to open it. Regina tries with her tears for Daniel, and Emma witnesses it for the first time, showing compassion to her friend over it. But Henry is the one who it works with because Violet’s rejected him and he’s sad about it. Henry, honey, you’re not in Camelot permanently. The world works differently here. Violet needs to find a good marriage and you’re going to disappear soon enough, you can’t take her with you. I’m just saying, the idea of this is cute but it was always destined for heartbreak. Merlin is set free and he’s like ‘Arthur, what’s good?’ He says he can help Emma, but she has to want to let go of the power and darkness. Clearly we all know she’s starting to love it instead.

ONCE UPON A TIME - "Dreamcatcher" - In Camelot, as Mary Margaret and David attempt to retrieve the Dark One dagger, Emma uses a dreamcatcher to look into the past to see how Merlin was transformed into a tree. Together, Emma and Regina figure out the critical ingredient they must acquire to free Merlin, but it's a race against Arthur, who does not want Merlin released. Meanwhile, with encouragement from his moms, Henry musters up the courage to ask Violet on a date. Back in Storybrooke, the heroes break into Emma's house hoping to locate Gold, but what they find will give them a glimpse of Emma's end game. Far from prying eyes, Merida sets about the mission Emma has tasked her with and begins molding Gold into the hero they need to draw Excalibur, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jack Rowand) JENNIFER MORRISON, JARED GILMORE, LANA PARRILLA

In present time, the Henry and Violet romance again is a thing and again I’m like siiiiigh. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see the kid grow up, it’s just not a permanent thing. Emma helps him find her lost horse so he can have a moment with Violet, and though her father didn’t approve in Camelot, he does here. Henry is also getting her out of the house so they can all break in and try to get to the sword. They do, but no one pulls it out because Regina’s like ‘you’re stupid if you try.’ They also find the dreamcatcher and for some reason it’s stuck on Violet’s memory of EMMA PULLING OUT HER HEART TO MAKE HER BREAK UP WITH HENRY. Okay that legit needed caps because cold, Emma. She needed the tear from him so she made it happen. I don’t think it’s fair for Regina to equate what Emma did with her mother murdering people for her sake, but it is true that she doesn’t seem to get that she’s way over the line. Or maybe she’s stopped caring. It’s really hard to read Emma because she keeps insisting this is the real her. I feel like there’s more twists coming and it’ll shed better light.

Merida uses Belle to motivate Rumple. I just wanted her to beat on him a lot more. It’s weird that a character I used to love so much – and still do love when he’s Rumple – is someone I am sick of in Storybrooke. I have zero interest in his coward to hero storyline giving him redemption. I know I have to suck it up, but I can be sulky about it. Also Belle, you had self-respect before, what is wrong with you? Remember when you exiled him from town? Sigh. Anyway everything else was fine this episode. It is interesting to see more of how Emma’s steady darkness happened. Her amazing control over her abilities by freezing her parents (for an extended time!) and the Dreamcatcher plus the major spell and Henry … that was her as a new Dark One. I feel like we should see her doing even more now in Storybrooke, she’s clearly capable of a lot of power. So what’s she waiting for? I know that they said Excalibur as a sword can eradicate good or evil magic entirely. They think she’s going to eradicate good. I think she’s going to eradicate evil instead, including herself. Emma Swan’s still Emma Swan, and I think that’s where they’re headed. We’ll have to see.

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