Once Upon A Time: The Genie Of The Lamp!

Once Upon A Time: The Genie Of The Lamp!

Posted by Dustin on 01.30.2012 at 4:16 pm

In the latest episode of “Once Upon A Time” we got more back story on Regina/The Queen, as well as Sydney/The Mirror.

In Fairy Tale land we learned that The Mirror actually started out as a Genie, who Snow’s father The King found and freed (even giving him one of his own wishes to use). The Genie refused to use it, as all wishes turn sour on the wisher eventually. He thanked The King and served in his court. In case you missed it, this was their little nod to Aladdin, as the Genie was from Agrabah.

The Genie met The Queen, who was very unhappy and unloved. It became clear The King still loved his first dead wife, and was always praising Snow as the fairest in the land. The Genie fell for The Queen, and she for him . . . but they could never be together. Eventually The King became suspicious that another man had won The Queen’s heart, so she planned to send The Genie away. However The Genie got another idea, put in his head by The Queen’s father via the gift of a serpent. They could kill The King and make it look like an accident. In the end though, The Genie found out The Queen had used him all along, even setting him up by using a snake from his homeland. She just wanted The King dead as part of her punishment to Snow. The Genie was in love with The Queen and wished to always be with her, which is how he got trapped in the mirror.

In Storybrooke, Sydney came to Emma shamed and fired and wanting revenge against Regina. He convinced Emma that Regina had stolen 50 thousand from the town fund, apparently to build a house for herself in the woods. She had previously torn down the fort where Henry played and he would meet Emma. She claimed it was unsafe, and Henry was devastated two fold . . . because it’s also where he hid his story book. In the end Emma was left with egg on her face, as Regina had taken the money . . . only to build a new playground for the kids of the town.

At the very end we learned what became obvious, Sydney is working with Regina to get closer to Emma and ruin her. He’s never been mad at Regina and he hasn’t been shamed and fired as he claimed, it’s a set-up. We also learned who retrieved the story book before the fort was destroyed . . . The Mysterious Writer! Aha! I at least got one thing right. He is somehow connected to the book.

I loved the twists they threw at us in this episode. For half of it you really felt for the poor unloved Queen, and I thought her vengeance for Snow would be The Genie being cast out. But we learned that wasn’t it, we still don’t know what Snow did to her.




  1. So what about Emma’s ability to know when people are lying to her? Shouldn’t she have realized Sydney wasn’t being truthful?

    Good call on the writer/book Dustin!

    Comment by DNA
    01.30.2012 at 7:21 pm
  2. I think she suspected something at first, because she was hesitant to join up with him. But I think when Regina ticked her off she blindly went into it without looking for signs.

    Comment by Beth
    01.31.2012 at 8:40 am
  3. The writers got really lazy with this one. While the back story was well done, the real time story was full of holes. Emma was too easily fooled (I agree with DNA) and unless we learn she was playing along, it’s very disappointing. Who puts a playground in the middle of the forest which seems to be miles away from town where as the beach playground seemed part of the town (henry walked there) and just needed an upgrade. $50,000 for that playground??!! Maybe $5,000 at most. Breaking into the Mayor’s house? Really?

    Comment by Sean
    01.31.2012 at 3:00 pm
  4. Yes Sean, I too was wondering the town folk seemed excited to hear of a new park being built in the middle of dark forest quite a distance away, as opposed to a park in town. Plus no one seemed upset that the mayor admitted to just taking the town’s money to build this without bringing the decision to the other council members. Maybe it’s different in the US, but in Canada the mayor gets one vote – same as the other council members. He/she couldn’t just help him/herself to municipal funds to do whatever they wanted.

    Comment by DNA
    01.31.2012 at 10:56 pm
  5. I think the whole discrepancy over Emma not knowing about the lying tied in to what Mr. Gold said, that emotions make people jump to conclusions and miss stuff. She was so guided by her emotion that she ignored reason. I do hope she doesn’t trust Sidney, it is too obvious!
    i hated the short story with MM and David…but i cannot wait for the new one in two weeks!

    Comment by cheryl
    01.31.2012 at 11:02 pm
  6. One more thing. Why doesn’t Henry know about the queens magic mirror? He seems to know most everything else.

    Comment by Sean
    02.01.2012 at 11:50 am
  7. No, it was made clear a few times that Henry doesn’t know who everyone is yet. He’s only figured out a few people. For example, he didn’t know that the therapist…can’t remember his name…was Jiminy Cricket.

    Comment by Beth
    02.01.2012 at 1:26 pm
  8. I think the answer is that the magic mirror is essentially no more in Storybrooke, hence Sydney being outside the mirror. She still owns the mirror which is seen in most episodes but the power it held when Sydney/Genie was in it is gone.

    Comment by CGinCA
    02.05.2012 at 3:32 pm

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