The Halloween themed episode revealed finally who Dr. Whale was, and it was exactly as I suspected and was hoping against. The episode was mainly about Regina and her lost love Daniel being brought back to life by Whale, both in Storybrook and in the past of Fairytale Land.
Regina had been training to take hearts with Rumple, but she was unable to truly kill yet. She also wanted to use magic to bring back the dead . . . specifically Daniel. Jefferson showed up with his inter-dimensional hat and had a solution. Jackson has heard of a man in another dimension who is a wizard and can bring back the dead . . . . Whale was brought in, and referred to at first only as Baron. He was a man of science, not magic, and felt science was greater than magic. He used one of the magic hearts to try and bring Daniel back, but failed. Regina was devastated. Later we learned it seems the Baron didn’t really try, he faked it. Rumple “had made his monster” and for his payment the Baron got a heart to take back to his land to make his own monster . . . . Jefferson took the Baron back to his black and white world where we learned his name was Victor . . . . Yup he’s Frankenstein!
In Storybrook, Whale wants to go home, but learns Regina doesn’t have the power to send him there. She’s seeing Jimminy with her issues of not using magic, which she promised Henry she wouldn’t do in order to win him back. Meanwhile Whale used one of Regina’s hearts from her stash and apparently found where she was hiding Daniel, who seemed to be in a glass coffin. He brought him back to life, but Daniel became a monster and ripped off Whale’s arm! Daniel goes to the stables, having memories of Regina. Henry and Charming are there as Charming was going to teach Henry to ride. The monster attacks, but Regina shows up and tries to reason with her lost love. However he’s truly gone, and she’s forced to use magic to save her life from him and do away with Daniel. Elsewhere Victor goes to Rumple for help . . . he admits he needs magic to save his arm. Rumple gives it back, but we know it will come at a price!
In current day Fairytale lane, Emma, Mulan, Aurora/Sleeping Beauty and Snow learn their whole refuge camp has been wiped out save for one guy, Hook! He told them that Cora was trying to get back to Storybrook to her family. He lead them on a chase of her, which was to the beanstalk where Cora was looking for a magic compass . . . so Hook says at least.
My Thoughts . . .
I was disappointing that Whale was Frankenstein. I was hoping to be really surprised by who he was. At the same time, there are only so many Disney and fairytale characters they can use before they start running out . . . so the idea of Jefferson being able to go to other literary worlds open up possibilities.
The next episode will clearly be about the beanstalk and what is up there. We know the giant is. Not sure about Jack.
If magic can repair an arm like that . . . why can’t it bring back the dead?