REVIEW: Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 6 – Wake Up Call

Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 6 - Wake Up Call

This week on Once Upon a Time, we learn about a connection between Drizella and Regina while Ivy continues to reveal herself to be the true villain of the season. Henry and Jacinda continue on their predictable path to falling in love, while Rogers and Alice bond over the case of the missing girl.

I’m less interested in Henry and Jacinda’s arc since it’s pretty much a given that they will be getting together by the end of the season. It’s really just a matter of time. More intriguing is what we continue to learn about Ivy, as she connives with the mysterious prisoner, and tries to bring down her mother. More and more, it is beginning to look like she’s the real villain of the show, not her mother, despite the latter’s general unpleasantness. It’s a neat twist and one that isn’t out of place in Once Upon a Time. Her motives are rooted in some form of parental abandonment, which is definitely a hallmark of the show.

Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 6 - Wake Up CallI always enjoy episodes of Once Upon a Time that feature either Rumpelstiltskin or Regina. We already had the Rumple-centered episode earlier this season and now it was time to see more of Regina, and her new role in the rebooted story. One of the best parts of the episode was the short but significant conversation between Rumple and Regina in the flashback. Having known each other so long and been through so much, it was great to see them simply sitting together and catching up. Rumple seemed to have truly mellowed after his lifetime with Belle, and so he was able to give his former protege some good advice. Back in Hyperion Heights, they seem to share some history and it was easy for them to work together and make deals. Some connections, as we are constantly reminded, carry over despite any curses.

Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 6 - Wake Up CallRegina continues to struggle to find her place in the story. Since the death of Robin Hood she no longer feels the need to have a love interest, but is instead focused on her role of being Henry’s mother. And since grown-up Henry doesn’t need her quite as much as he used to, her motherly instincts extended to the powerful but neglected Drizella, with whom she could relate immensely, having also grown up with a controlling, overbearing mother. We still don’t know much about her as Roni, though it was revealed that she had memories of trying to adopt a baby boy.

Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 6 - Wake Up CallRegina teaches Drizella how to use her magic and tries to be the loving, supportive mother Drizella never had. But the lost girl manages to twist the well-meaning lessons Regina gave her and uses the knowledge of Regina’s revenge to enact her own. She blackens her heart, much to Regina and Lady Tremaine’s horror, and declares that she will punish her mother by casting a dark curse, even after Regina’s protests and warnings.

At the end of the episode, Ivy wakes Roni up with a bit of magic from a plant nurtured by the frizzy-haired prisoner. Watching the range of expressions on Regina’s face as her memories flood back is a thing of beauty. Also majestic is her look of fury and then sorrow as she remembers a condition of the curse that Ivy set that will prevent it from being broken by True Love’s Kiss. We don’t have all the details yet but with both Rumple and Regina having regained their memories, and with only a few episodes left until the mid-season finale, the stakes are growing higher on Once Upon a Time.