part two But didn’t you know that she’s a special snow flake who mustn’t be forced to face the consequences of her actions


Actually we’ve said in oh…about 8 consecutive podcasts now that season 3 was all about Regina facing the consequences of her own actions, as everything she did to others was done to her. But then to do that you would need to listen to our podcast rather than presuming you know how and what we say about Regina. — Alex

Do you think the third season being split into two distinct arcs benefited or hurt the show? I can appreciate what they were trying to accomplish by doing so, but personally I feel if each arc had been spread over a single season there would have been more time for plot points to progress naturally and relationships to properly develop.


I (Bri) feel like season 3’s finale is more of a mid summer movie or something. It doesn’t feel like it cohesively matches the tone or sentiments of the season. As for the season being split into two, it seemed to hurt the show. For one, I couldn’t even remember for a minute that the Neverland arc was season 3A. Now looking back, it seems that everything was rushed a bit to get towards Frozen, just like you can pinpoint a part where they started to rush toward Neverland. Season 3A’s finale felt like a season finale to me, it was that good. It was a great way to “reboot” the show, but then it seemed to fall apart. The emotional impact it could deliver seemed to be lost in the fray, and instead, odd and random plotlines took over. If the arcs had been developed over the season, instead of being truncated abruptly, it would’ve felt much more cohesive. Now the question is, the things they set up, do they resolve them or leaving us hanging?

Did that answer your question? I’m a bit rambly today. 

Episode # 91- Eternal Flame, Full Recap of A Curious Thing

by Bri and Alex
album Other Side of the Mirror

The 80s references are abundant in this full recap of A Curious Thing. We riff on everything from the movie Inner Space to the Bangles to Don Johnson’s Lookin’ for a Heartbeat. All that and some thoughts about the future of this podcast!

  • This Week in Us Magazine, there’s only one Fairytale in the Enchanted Forest… and it just happens to be Snow White!
  • This Week in They-Didn’t-Really-Explain-That, the writers remember Regina has no heart and as a result is not supposed to feel – so they improvise some lines!We’ll tell you if they make sense!
  • This Week in Characters Alex Doesn’t Even Remember, Philip and Aurora turn into monkeys!
  • This Week in Harry Potter, Zelena rides up on a badass Nimbus 3000 and Snow discovers the Room of Requirement!
  • This Week in Convenience, Glinda is right where they need her to be!
  • This Week in Emotional Powerhouse Acting, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla and Jared Gilmore make beautiful music, again.


We don’t know if this is one of the best things or worst things to happen in music history. Enjoy!

 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 and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE.

Episode # 90 - Prince Jonathan, You ARE the Father! Full Recap of Bleeding Through

by Alex & Bri
album Other Side of the Mirror

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 and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE.


Calling all Emma fanfic writers!

This is something we’ve been curious about for a while, and on the heels of the finale, it’s the best time for it.

We really want to speak to fanfic writers on how you write Emma Swan. We’d ask you to do the discussion over Skype (so we can record it) and we’re wanting to hear from writers of the following ships. 

  • Captain Swan
  • Swan Queen  *think we got a writer*
  • Wooden Swan
  • Gremma
  • Swanfire

We’d speak to you each individually, and then use all the sound bites in an episode! 

If you’re interested, email us at or send a message in your “ask”

Episode 89 - Blurred Lines, Instant Reaction to Snow Drifts and No Place Like Home

by Bri & Alex
album Other Side of the Mirror

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:


  • 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.


  • 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 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 and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE.