Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Episode 1.5 "That Still Small Voice"

Relive it again 
As Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma, the ground shakes and a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town. But a curious Henry's life is placed in danger when he decides to explore the innards of the sinkhole to see if its contents can link the inhabitants of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Jiminy Cricket yearns to leave the family business and transform into the person he wants to be.

My thoughts
A con is at work
and the boy moves through the crowd pilfering... 
I was surprised to find out that this is Jiminy and the writers did a great job keeping the scenes just as tight as they've shown here as his backstory. They went straight to showing the subterfuge during the puppet show and how the little boy was getting fed up by the life they were leading. I thought that struck to the core.  Of course Rumpelstiltskin's story isn't far behind and keeps moving ever on.

as Henry's child psychologist
I've enjoyed Raphael Sbarge performances in the past and I'm so glad he was in the cast and I think the character suited him too. He gave Jiminy, a quiet strength that he doesn't know yet he has but him appearing like a meek person was enough for Mayor Regina (Lana Parrilla) to stream roller through. Tsk.

I had goosebumps when the ominous loud boom coincided with Emma being deputized and according to  Henry, it was because the curse is weakening. It certainly felt like a notch was broken. Did the Sheriff know of Emma's role more than he was letting on?

Unfortunately, Henry's curiosity led him to the abandoned mine shaft and together with Archie (Jiminy) were trapped inside. Emma (biological mother) and the mayor (adoptive mom)  soon began the proverbial butting of heads but Emma showed us a maturity when she seemed to have placed herself in the mayor's shoes and backed down. Jennifer Morrison's (Emma) expression of frustration and understanding seemed to be chasing across her face that was tempered with fulfilling her deputy role, was a nice touch to an already emotional scene.

It was funny because every time Mayor Regina had her scenes I was searching for clues if she really did know what was actually happening and wasn't giving any hints to everyone at the mine. Curious though that she found a piece of glass that didn't belong in the area. Did you also think it was part of her magic mirror?

I think the story had a darker tone or it was probably because of Rumpelstiltskin's involvement in "helping" Jiminy out of his predicament however, with one wrong calculation it paid the lives of an unsuspecting couple.
All due to the sleight of hand trick
I had shivers when I saw the outcome and this was first time we found out that Jiminy's parents were one step ahead of him all along. I thought this latest action dispelled any inkling that they were a two-bit con artists but they can be more devious when they needed to be.

Jiminy painfully regretted it since his conscience was troubling him that he wanted to make it right and there we learned he became that famous cricket. I was thrilled and sad at the same time how at the end it tied up to the boy who we all later found out from the Blue fairy as Geppetto. Could the boy after seeing what was done to his parents, he has a chosen the wood carver as his trade of profession? The boy Geppetto was also seen as fond of the puppet show earlier in the episode so it maybe either out of these and what was buried int the mine? When Mayor Regina threw the shard down the the pit, it fell on the broken glass. Oh, it must be the magic mirror. :D

Another 5 star for me.


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