Babies, fairies, and an Evil Queen who is definitely not making any of this easier: Once Upon a Time has once again complicated life for the people of Storybrooke. This week, the series focused on Belle and Rumple – and how their version of Beauty and the Beast might not have the happy ending of its fairy tale counterpart. Meanwhile, Emma and Hook are trying to figure out the mystery of the sword from her vision and Aladdin and Jasmine are still pondering how they could find, not to mention save, Agrabah. We’re going to talk about the odds that these characters will be able to work their way through their problems, as well as chat about what might be coming up in next week’s mid-season finale (and beyond). Who’s up for a wild theory or two?
Our odyssey through some of the main ships during the Once Upon a Time hiatus continues this week with Rumplestiltskin and Belle, more commonly known in the OUAT fandom as Rumbelle. We discuss the contrasting characters – they’re Beauty and the Beast, after all – that make up this romantic pairing and why we think this ship is so thought-provoking. As always, we attempt to predict the future for this romantic duo, and discover that if you aren’t the Dark One, the future is difficult to see for these two. We hope you enjoy this next episode and only one more month of hiatus left!
- Welcome back to our hiatus episodes; we start off this one with some television talk!
- Our Rumbelle Top 5s (17:30)
- Listener Letters and a tiny bit of news (1:19:35)
Which pairing will we discuss in our final podcast of the winter hiatus? Stay tuned to find out – we’ll announce it soon.
-Amanda and Brittany
It’s an adventure with Merida and Belle! In the flashback, Merida enlists Belle’s help in order to save her brothers… and Belle convinces her she’s Brave enough without magic to manage the task on her own. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Emma tries to enlist the help of the very witty – and surprisingly perceptive – Zelena in carrying out her tasks. But what are all of these mysterious tasks that Dark One Emma is so obsessed with, anyways? And the saga of Rumbelle turns a new page: after many heartfelt words, Rumple finds the strength he never knew he had in him to rescue Belle from a bear attack. Everything is upside down in Storybrooke and Camelot lately, and we try to sort it all out.
- Welcome to the 6th episode of Once Upon a Time season 5!
- Our Top 5s (6:45)
- The Lighter Side and Listener Letters (44:30)
- News (55:00)
– Amanda and Brittany
We’re taking care of business with a debate about the re-Belle-ious Belle and whether we think she was “in character,” the many ways in which Rumple continues to be shady, and how if you think that other relationships on Once Upon a Time are complex, nothing really compares to the challenges that Rumbelle are going to have to deal with eventually! All of that plus we continue to love and theorize more about the Snow Queen.
- Introduction and some tangents about Twitter
- Our Top 5s (6:35)
- The Lighter Side (49:50)
- Listener Letters (1:09:50)
- News about next week’s OUAT episode, plus a couple of theories about Lily (1:24:50)
- That’s a wrap! Join us next week for our 50th episode! (1:40:50)
– Amanda and Brittany
Hop aboard the love boat with us as we finally delve into all of the relationships in Once Upon a Time: past, present, and future(?!) We try our best to approach this topic with a positive and open mind, discussing what might happen on the show and what we as viewers can take away from the love stories. Plus, some news about what the cast is doing this month and what we’re into this week!
- Welcome to our massive “ship” episode!
- Our Top Relationships on Once Upon a Time: Aurora and Mulan • Sleeping Warrior [3:10], Ruby and Dr. Whale • Frankenwolf [11:40], Emma and Neal • Swanfire or Swan Thief [15:20], Regina and Daniel • Stable Queen [25:45], Rumplestiltskin and Belle • Rumbelle [31:15], Emma and Hook • Captain Swan [42:25], Snow White and Prince Charming • Snowing [50:40], Regina and David • Evil Charming [57:45], Regina and Emma • SwanQueen [1:03:45], Regina and Robin • Outlaw Queen [1:11:50]
- The Lighter Side and Listener Comments [1:20:55]: A bunch of ships that didn’t fit into our top 5 lists, including Mad Queen, August and Emma, Hooked Queen, Belle and everyone, etc. Plus you tell us about some of your favourite ships!
- Once Upon a Time news [1:31:21]: A little bit of Frozen casting news and the latest from the cast members who appeared in Paris in June: Lana, Jared, Rebecca, Robbie and Sean.
- What we’re into this week! [1:53:25]
The Nerdist podcast that Britt talked about can be found here.
We hope you enjoy this episode! See you again in 2 weeks!
– Britt and Amanda