• Episode 89 - Blurred Lines, Instant Reaction to Snow Drifts and No Place Like Home
  • Bri & Alex
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Today we’re reacting to the special 2 hour finale of Once Upon a Time, the episodes Snow Drifts and There’s No Place Like Home. We are also proud to announce a new venture, What the Fangirl, which is a media and pop culture podcast and website that we want you all to contribute to. Go to www.WhatTheFangirl.Com for more information.

These episodes gave us a lot to digest, but these are some of the things we talked about:

Likes

  • Jennifer Morrison was the MVP.
  • Finally a flashback’s to Emma’s past!
  • Neal scenes surprised us and were well done.
  • Snow and Charming’s moments in SB and Enchanted Forest.
  • The show’s strength is pitching high concepts, beginnings and endings
  • Regina called out Emma on moving to NYC.

Dislikes:

  • Unhappy Regina once again drives the story.
  • Didn’t Robin know Regina was responsible for Marian’s death? What’s the deal?
  • We missed Henry playing a crucial role in the finale, so subbing Hook for Henry didn’t work for us.
  • Blood vials and white magic portals and fairy godmothers, oh my!
  • Hook and the Blurred Lines
  • Regina vs Emma??? Please spare us this storyline.

We had both good and bad to say about Rumbelle

There was no Zelena and the Oz plot disappeared!

Show Notes:

We have questions for you about the season:

  • How did the stuff with Hook strike you?
  • Were you disappointed with Oz?
  • In what way did the show shift its emotional orientation? Or did it?
  • Where are we going from here - both literally and otherwise?
  • Will you #keepwatching?

 Calling on fanfic authors - would you like to be on a panel discussion about writing Emma Swan? Contact us!

 Visit www.WhatTheFangirl.com with all of your ideas!

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback totalk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE.

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This is unhealthy, everybody...

Just stop hating on Henry!
He’s ten years old, a child. He doesn’t mean to hurt Regina in any way.
He does not play some silly prank.
All he wants is to get Emma and Snow back.
I repeat: He’s a child and children tend to make mistakes like that.

Get over it, don’t hate on a kid. The END.

  • Six Gold Stars and Grading on a Curve
  • Bri & Alex
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Because we like to zig when you think we’re going to zag… this episode is about what Once Upon a Time does right! 

Watching an episode of Intelligence got us thinking about all the reasons we enjoy Once.

Are we grading on a curve? Only until the hiatus ends!

These are our six gold stars:

1. Inventive Premise is Inventive!

2. Character Growth. The show doesn’t get the cache it should for showing dramatic character arcs and making us change our minds about the characters.

3. Villainy! We like that OUAT doesn’t apologize for creating nuanced villains with both good and evil traits.

4. They represent fairy tales fairly accurately. Fairy tales are crazy.

5. Adam Horowitz’s engagement on Twitter.

6. Relationship between Regina/Emma/Henry should be celebrated. We also like the numerous roles for women.

 All that and our review of Frozen. 

Notes:

Bri wrote a book with Jessica Burkhart, Keep it Chic and Cheap, 35 Ways to Update Your Space. It’s designed for tweens but anyone can use these tips to spruce up their space without ripping the walls down.

Her columns on movies are at NetflixClub.com.

#onceuponatime #emmaswan #charming #snow #snowwhite #princecharming #Jennifermorrison #Jennifergoodwin #regina #evilqueen #neverland #mermaids #peterpan #pan #henry #abc #once #abconce #lol #haha #idiot #toofunny #storm #captainhook #hook #captian #mrgold #rumple #neal

  • Episode # 83 - Witch Slapped! Recap of It's Not Easy Being Green
  • Bri & Alex
  • Other Side of the Mirror
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This is our full recap of It’s Not Easy Being Green. The major revelations in the episode were that the Wizard is Walsh and Zelena’s mother really is Cora. Our observations include:

This Week in Captain Hook: Hook invades Emma’s personal space but we can’t disagree with his assessment of Henry…. or his acumen with eyeliner.

This Week in Questions: The Walsh reveal gave us so many questions! Will we get answers, or are these just plot holes?

This Week in The-Plot-Thickens: Did Regina decide to trust Robin with her heart? Is she testing him with a fake heart? Is he playing her? Is she playing him? Or is this just true love? We dive in with help from listener feedback.

This Week in Frozen Analogies: Zelena is born with magic but can’t control it grows up ashamed of her powers.

This Week in Father Figures: Regina’s big emotional moment had more to do with her relationship with Rumple than it did any displacement from discovering Cora had another child.

Notes:

Regina wore Victoria Beckham during the diner scene. You can find out where they got the clothes for Belle, Regina, Emma and Snow on WornOnTV.net.

Our review of Sebastian Stan on Broadway was episode #23, This Hiatus is No Picnic.

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback to talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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  • Episode #82 - Twisted Sisters! Instant Reaction to It's Not Easy Being Green
  • Bri & Alex
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This is our instant reaction to It’s Not Easy Being Green. In this episode you learn what we would do if we found a baby in a basket on our front door step, which show runner from the past we throw shade on and you find out which pickup lines do not work on Bri. Our various likes and dislikes include:

Likes

1.  Neal actually had a funeral and we PRESUME the ramifications of his death will continue to be felt.

2.  Belle was part of the group.

3.  Regina vs. Zelena lived up to its billing

4.  Wardrobe and set design were great.

5.  The Rumple/Regina dynamic

6. The references to The Wizard of Oz movie were well done.

Neutral 

Alex’s lucky guess Oz was Walsh came true, but we’re still a little disppointed nobody ever turns out to be just a normal guy. It’s a good twist but what about Dr. Whale?

Dislikes

1. The trust between Regina and Robin wasn’t earned and that made it feel out of character.

2. More backstory for Zelena is needed.

3. The theories from season 1 about Dr. Whale aren’t true.

4. Alex wonders about the sustainability of the show’s patterns long-term.

Feedback

We thank Michael for his good catch on the scenes between Regina/Snow and Zelena/Regina and play two voicemails from Christopher and Nonnie.

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback to talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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  • It's All Coming Back to Me Now, Instant Reaction to New York City Serenade
  • Other Side of the Mirror
  • Other Side of the Mirror
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Other Side of the Mirror # 74 - It’s All Coming Back to Me Now, Instant Reaction to New York City Serenade

We’re counting down our likes and dislikes from the return of Season 3, Episode 12, New York City Serenade. They include:  

Bonus Likes and Dislikes! Before we launch into the show we announce our hatred for ABC’s Resurrection promos and our enjoyment of the OUAT highlights show. Onward!  

Likes

*Snow and Regina’s relationship has evolved and it is awesome!

*Emma’s new surroundings and all of the things and memories and emotions Regina created for her (FEELS)

*The tone of the show has shifted into new territory, the main characters continue to work together, the reset seems promising.

*We were unspoiled so it did not feel predictable. There’s a new mystery plus the flying monkey surprised us!

*Neal wanting to find a way back to Henry and Emma (but warning, Alex’s support for Neal will probably doom the character)

 

Dislikes

*Alex is bored by Aurora and Philip and questions Aurora’s life choices

*Bri misses some characters like Rumple and Mulan, plus Henry did not have his memories yet

*The timing of Robin Hood and Regina (but we’re keeping an open mind)

*Mini-rant about Adam and Eddie treating Jamie Dornan like the girlfriend they dumped but now want back ! (it’s toooooo late….knock it off!)

 

Thank You!

A big thank you to those who donated to our microphone fund, especially Amanda, Priscilla and Cheryl!! Send us your address and we’ll send you some swag! We love all our listeners, regardless of whether you donated, you make doing the show worthwhile. 

Show Notes

Check out Christina Bianco’s interpretation of Celine Dion, Idina Menzel, Adele Bernadette Peters, Brittany Spears and all the divas! http://www.youtube.com/user/omegalyle76   

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback to talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

  • Episode # 84 - White Flag/Black-Bored
  • Bri & Alex
  • Other Side of the Mirror
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This is our instant reaction to Jolly Roger. We had likes and dislikes, including:

Likes

Regina, Emma and Magic

The Adorable Charmings

Regina and Snow

One Big Happy Family

Ariel and Eric’s Happy Ending



Dislikes

Blackbeard made us Black-Bored. Meh. 

Emma doesn’t even care about Hook lying about the last year. Nope.

No Rumple, No Robin.

We want the backstory of the missing year in the Enchanted Forest!

Smee. Meh. 

Notes

End song is White Flag by Dido.

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback to talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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  • Episode # 79 - Tower of Terror, Full Recap of The Tower Plus Feedback!
  • Bri & Alex
  • Other Side of the Mirror
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This is our full recap of The Tower, featuring your feedback, voicemails, tweets and a new Unified Theory of Robin Hood! The Tower was about facing your fears and keeping up appearances. Charming and Rapunzel faced their fears, and we think Zelena, Robin Hood and Hook are very concerned with keeping up appearances.  

This Week in Fairytale Land:  Charming and Emma had a Daddy/Daughter dance and Emma said Yes to the Dress.  

This Week on Nancy Drew:  Henry starts to suspect Emma is hiding something and Charming, Emma, Hook and Regina play CSI.  

This Week on Filler:  We meet Rapunzel and she gets a happy ending for once.

This Week in Your Feedback:  We get a rundown on the characters’ Patronuses, we hear about unhappy Rumbellers and fans less than thrilled with Captain Swan, we get a great theory about Regina’s father, we get great feedback about the Scarecrow/Lion/Tin Man and much, much more. 

Our Unified Theory of Robin Hood, which Bri also called Hook and Hood and It’s Not Good, originated from several viewers on Twitter and by Email:

 

  • Stashia R.
  • Fennec Wolf
  • Heck L 45
  • Myrealname
  • 25ka253
  • Hellebette
  • Andiluvs Jelly

 

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  • Episode #78 - A Tower of Feedback, Instant Reaction to The Tower
  • Bri & Alex
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This is our instant reaction to The Tower, which introduced Rapunzel to the world of Once Upon a Time. We had quite a few likes and a couple of dislikes:

Likes

1. The show continues to bring the creepy.

2.  We were overdue for a David episode and there was David and Emma stuff, which again was long overdue.

3. The characters continued to have real conversations about things!

4. The show incorporated lots of Oz elements into the story.

5. This representation of facing one’s fears was stronger than the Bridge or Regrets or Tree of Secrets or whatever the heck happened back in Neverland.

6. Rapunzel got a happy ending!

7. The Regina and Henry scene!

8. New exotic Storybrooke locales!

Dislikes

1. This is not a knock on Robin Hood but why do he and other “guest stars” continue to get more screen time than Belle? This ep gave us more of Belle as a pawn in someone elese’s game.

2. Alex GOES IN on Hook’s attitude!

FEEDBACK!

We share your feedback. Including voicemails, emails, and blog questions about whether Regina has been redeemed, your theories about Zelena’s bio parents, your theories about the Charming baby, your theories about the curse, your feels about Swan Queen, thoughts about Outlaw Queen, questions and much more!

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback to talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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  • Episode # 90 - Prince Jonathan, You ARE the Father! Full Recap of Bleeding Through
  • Alex & Bri
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This is our full recap of Bleeding Through, which was the last episode we recorded before viewing the Season 3 finale. We spend the majority of the podcast analyzing the major character moments for Regina and Snow. Along the way we tried to reckon with the way the show characterizes Cora vs Leopold and Jonathan and wonder if a pattern has emerged. See show notes.

 This Week at the Crossroads, Cora Mills sells her soul to the Devil.

 This Week at Ye Olde Royal Gazebo, the Gazebo becomes the temporary way station for Prince Jonathan, Prince Leopold and the Devil, who are approximately the same person.

This Week in Waitressing, Cora “can bring home the mozzarella sticks, fry them up in a pan, start her own fire and never let you forget you’re a man……”

 This Week at Rumple’s Little Shop of Horrors, Belle is a total rock star and tells Regina to stuff it.

This Week in Amazing Character Developments, Regina and Snow have arrive at a new understanding of each other and their history.

This Week in Fails, Leopold fails to convince Bri and Alex that he is the Prince of Purity.

 This Week in Convenient Plot Points, Zelena knows the exact coordinates of Regina’s heart; Regina can put a spell on her heart so Zelena can’t control it (but can’t conceal the heart or change it into something else.)

 Show Notes:

There are two etchings in Regina’s study in this episode which directly relate to the themes of the episode. The first, Pygmalion is Enamored with a Statue He Had Made involves Pygmalion. Pygmalion was a sculptor who thought girls were icky. So he sculpted a statue of Venus and fell in love with it. She turned into a real woman and loved him back. He molded her completely to be an obedient, silent woman.

 Semele is Consumed by Jupiter’s Thunder involves Semele and Jupiter aka Zeus. The married god Zeus seduced commoner Semele and got her pregnant. Before she could give birth to their son Dionysus, Zeus’ wife Hera turned her to ash. But then Zeus reconstituted Dionysus in his thigh and later Dionysus grows up and reconstitutes Semele.

 Both of these stories resonate for this episode, but beyond that, amplify some concerning issues that come up on OUAT.

 If we were creating a study guide for this episode, we would ask students the following:

 Is there a particular reason why the revelations about Leopold, Cora and Ava cause the women to reevaluate their knowledge and understanding of their mothers and themselves and even Zelena, but does not cause them to reconsider Leopold?

 Does the show actually repudiate the attitudes of Prince Jonathan and Prince Leopold or does it reinforce them?

                                                               

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback to talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE.

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  • Episode 76 - Sister Sledge, Instant Reaction to Witch Hunt
  • Bri & Alex
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Other Side of the Mirror # 76 - Sister Sledge, Instant Reaction to Witch Hunt

This is the instant reaction to Episode 13 of Season 3, Witch Hunt. This was a history making episode for us because Belle Mayhem joined the fandom and we did not have any dislikes. 

Loves:

  • This felt like season 1 in its tone, pacing, character moments, slice of life. 
  • Sister Act!
  • The Wicked Witch is a hoot (Bex Mader is playing WW with a little Patsy from Ab Fab).
  • Bri loved seeing all the old characters back and we know she wasn’t alone. 
  • Regina wearing her mourning outfit was a great choice.
  • Emma and Regina got to talk about their son!
  • Jennifer Morrison really brought some new looks to her scenes with Regina.
  • Rumple?!?

Theories and Thoughts

  • Is Rumple Zelena’s father or is it someone else?
  • How did Robin accidentally get Maid Marion killed?
  • Did Walsh really date Emma before he was a monkey?
  • Who summoned Hook? Who made the potion?
  • Alex will gladly trade the drawves for the Merry Men, Bri disagrees.

Show Notes

Our cat Ivy flopped her ears loudly at minute 7:32 because she’s sick of Belle appearing on the podcast. So we acknowledge that Princess Ivy is a thing.

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  • Episode 69 - Snow and Charming In the Temple of Doom
  • Bri and Alex
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This is our instant reaction to The New Neverland, Episode 10 of Season 3 of Once Upon a Time. We’re counting down our likes and dislikes including:

 LIKES:

 *Bri votes for Rumbelle and French girl berets.

*Alex votes for the Regina and Snow moments.

*We both enjoyed Regina and Henry moments.

*We give props to Jared Gilmore for his growth as an actor.

*Charming and Emma had a scene! (See caveat below in Crossfire!)

*A bit of depth added to the Charming family chatter.

*So Much Shallow!  Regina, Emma, and even Charming looked slamming hot.

*Emma, Regina, Henry = Divorced Parent Swan Queen Fanfic.

DISLIKES:

 *The Blue Fairy kicked the bucket before any of the fandom theories were validated or rejected!

 *”No Greek Myths.” OH RLY SHOW?

 *The reunions for the Darling siblings and Ariel/Eric fell flat.

CROSSFIRE:

 On this podcast’s version of Crossfire, Bri and Alex debated the following:

*Bri enjoyed the progress Rumple made in curing Charming; Alex thought the plot resolution was dumb.

*Alex thinks Charming’s attitude toward Neal is out of character, Bri plays Devil’s advocate on the issue, and Alex rants.

NOTE:  We’re planning a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode for the hiatus. Help us choose an episode for us to offer commentary on!

Other Side of the Mirror is a Once Upon a Time podcast with an emphasis on Regina Mills/Evil Queen. We focus on the show, theories, fandom and more. Suggest a topic for an upcoming fan episode and more. Call our voicemail line at (970) 510-6623, email feedback to talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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