Season 1, Episode 5 “The Price of Gold”
Directed by David Solomon, Written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
“Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Cinderella makes a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin.”
After last night’s episode, Once Upon a Time has now tied with Revenge as my favorite new show of the fall. The show is clever, well-acted, with an intriguing premise and is watchable for the whole family.
As a Veronica Mars fan, I was excited to see Jessy Shram as Cinderella in this episode. I hope that both her and Tim Phillips (Sean/Prince Thomas) will be returning in future episodes and that this was not just a one-off. The scene at the end with Sean putting the small shoe onto their newborn daughter’s foot was my favorite moment of the night. It was very understated and had been missing from “The Fairytale World” scenes between Cinderella and her Prince, but is still one of the most treasured moments of the Cinderella story. Also, the fact that her “Modern World” name was Ashley made me giggle at the subtle pun.
It seems as if every character from the show so far (except for Rumplestilskin, Red Riding Hood, and Grandma) have all been lifted from the Disney catalog: Snow White, Maleficent, Pinocchio, Cinderella, etc. Since Disney owns ABC, if anyone would be allowed to use them, it would be Once Upon a Time. But how far into the Disney lexicon are they going to go? Will we be seeing Ariel and Jasmine in future episodes? On that note, Storybrooke, Maine may get too crowded with “Prince Charming”s if they continue on the Disney Princess path. However, the Disney fairytale characters may just be a reflection on our society today. How many fairytales do we collectively know that haven’t already been animated and set to a Broadway-style soundtrack?
I have to say that the character that I’m most curious about is the sheriff. I wonder if he is supposed to be the Huntsman in the Snow White tale. But does that conflict with what we have learned about Snow White? Based on her behavior in last week’s episode, is she the Huntsman in her own tale?
Henry: Wait. Stepmom, stepsisters, and she’s a maid?
Emma: Henry, not now.