Do you like their interpretation of the flying were-monkeys? And how does it related to the other interpretations, most of which protray them as used against their will via magic control?

russian-mouse

Yes! I think they’re really animated well and look sufficiently creepy. We haven’t seen the most recent Wizard of Oz movie, but right around when they appeared on Once, we saw Wicked, and it was neat to compare the two. I admit neither of us have read the original novels, but the monkeys are definitely awesome. 

Okay, girls let's talk about your whole thing on Emo hook (Great name, guys really much original) Let's say the big reveal last episode was Hook was in love with emma, and then zelena cursed him so he couldn't kiss her without taking away her powers, And this episode we see how happy emma is(She freaking giggled) and now Hook wants to be happy for her and he is happy for her but he also doesn't want to take this thing that makes her happy away from her. And that what he is sad about.

Anonymous

Hello!

Thanks for your explanation of Hook’s emotion. I’m sorry if the term “Emo Hook” offended you. We take a sarcastic joking tone to many of the characters and episodes, but I’m noticing a pattern I’d like to discuss.  In almost 90 episodes, and listens from all over the world, we have never received negative notes until recently. Both of them involved Hook and how we see him.

The beauty of our podcast, the thing I really love, is that we get fans listening to us and sharing their thoughts and opinions. Even when they don’t agree with us, and then sometimes they actually change our mind on characters, like Neal. We started to understand a lot about Neal, especially after discussing it with Rebecca and Hope, two fellow podcasters. And also listeners like Timespacer writing in.

Heck, we just admitted to each other that hey, maybe Regina and Robin Hood aren’t that bad! (Our problem with Emma and Regina’s love interest is they possibly have to actually lose something that is a part of them in order to have love. Regina, her heart, and Emma, her magic. Of course, Snow drank that bottle of magic to forget Charming so it’s just another Adam and Eddie trick).

But you know, we don’t say the show would be better if the character died.  In fact, if you listen to us talking about Hook and Cora in season 2, we LOVED those episodes. We like Hook as a villain, and our problem with Hook, if you listened to our Instant Reaction is that we want him to do MORE. He could be a good character, actually he is a good character, and they gave him a great backstory with Milha and Bae (we loved the moment between him and Neal in Quiet Minds), and when we thought he was up to something, we thought it would be grander than he didn’t help Ariel. Why? Because we see potential in the character and know he can do more than mope about Emma. Isn’t our wish for that a testament to how we can see him evolving as a character? We talked about Hook and his brother, Hook and Tink, and other facets of his character in season 2. Those were all good storylines! But they’ve had him go from wanting revenge on Rumplestilkskin, to loving Emma. I understand the Zelena storyline with the magic-stealing kiss, but to us, he’s been moping around the whole season. All we say is give him more to do than be making snotty remarks every episode because he loves Emma..

Honestly, there are no “sacred cows” on our podcast. Not even Regina. We love Regina. Do we still get mad at her? Absolutely! We were mad at her trying to alter Henry’s memory, we criticize her for a number of things like locking up Belle (and then we cheered when Belle was calling Regina out on it).  There were a number of times where Regina was given a lot of “sad Emo Regina” scenes in season 2, and we have repeatedly made reference to the fact we are happy she doesn’t cry so much now. Maybe we even called her Emo Regina, I don’t remember. Our first episode is named “Regina is a stone cold bitch.” Clearly, we’re people who like to have fun with the show.  And we try not to woobify our favorite character in any shape or fashion. We’re going to call out her misdeeds as well, and yes, there’s been more than a few. No character on this show is without a mistake in their past. Not even Henry.  

A few weeks ago, we read a listener mail where someone named all the bad things Regina did, and how they couldn’t let them pass, and we agreed and understood.  But then someone else got mad at us, wrote a post against us about us saying Hook was in Emma’s personal space, and then refused to answer to our messages. We even have a letter from a Hook fan that we will read about how she doesn’t like what they’re doing to her character. We’re still going to watch the show, and still comment on the show, but we get a good idea on how the fandom perceives Hook and how we should be mindful of that.

Bri and Alex

Episode # - R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Instant Reaction to Bleeding Through

by Bri & Alex
album Other Side of the Mirror

This is our instant reaction to Bleeding Through. As usual, here are our five likes and dislikes:

 Likes

  • Belle calling out Regina for holding her captive and ruining her life, and Regina’s response.
  • Regina and Snow For the Win!
  • Everything Young Cora including her mad Applebees waitressing skills and her milkshake
  • Emma embracing her magical lifestyle
  • The show hasn’t given Regina a substitute family

Dislikes

  • King Leopold:  Sleazy Bill Wyman of Once.
  • The route traveled to get Regina and Robin Hood together was way too basic; but we didn’t dislike the result of this episode.  
  • Emo Hook has nothing to do
  • So that Rumple and Zelena kiss happened (but we still like Zelena)
  • Alex goes on about Mulan (again) while discussing gross Leopold and monkey boyfriends.

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 talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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Episode # 84 - White Flag/Black-Bored

by Bri & Alex
album Other Side of the Mirror

This is our instant reaction to Jolly Roger. We had likes and dislikes, including:

Likes

Regina, Emma and Magic

The Adorable Charmings

Regina and Snow

One Big Happy Family

Ariel and Eric’s Happy Ending



Dislikes

Blackbeard made us Black-Bored. Meh. 

Emma doesn’t even care about Hook lying about the last year. Nope.

No Rumple, No Robin.

We want the backstory of the missing year in the Enchanted Forest!

Smee. Meh. 

Notes

End song is White Flag by Dido.

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 talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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Episode # 83 - Witch Slapped! Recap of It's Not Easy Being Green

by Bri & Alex
album Other Side of the Mirror

This is our full recap of It’s Not Easy Being Green. The major revelations in the episode were that the Wizard is Walsh and Zelena’s mother really is Cora. Our observations include:

This Week in Captain Hook: Hook invades Emma’s personal space but we can’t disagree with his assessment of Henry…. or his acumen with eyeliner.

This Week in Questions: The Walsh reveal gave us so many questions! Will we get answers, or are these just plot holes?

This Week in The-Plot-Thickens: Did Regina decide to trust Robin with her heart? Is she testing him with a fake heart? Is he playing her? Is she playing him? Or is this just true love? We dive in with help from listener feedback.

This Week in Frozen Analogies: Zelena is born with magic but can’t control it grows up ashamed of her powers.

This Week in Father Figures: Regina’s big emotional moment had more to do with her relationship with Rumple than it did any displacement from discovering Cora had another child.

Notes:

Regina wore Victoria Beckham during the diner scene. You can find out where they got the clothes for Belle, Regina, Emma and Snow on WornOnTV.net.

Our review of Sebastian Stan on Broadway was episode #23, This Hiatus is No Picnic.

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 talk@othersideofthemirror.com and follow us on Twitter @othersideONCE!

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