ONCE063: Child of the Moon initial reactions

Child of the Moon-Once Upon a Time podcast first thoughts


An old nemesis becomes a threat, and a previous threat comes under control.

These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode, and we’ll share more in our upcoming full episode.

Ruby’s fear about turning into a wolf during the first curse-free Storybrooke full moon is confirmed when one of the town’s residents is viciously murdered, and Ruby is the prime suspect; Decker – aka King George – threatens to expose David as a shepherd, not a prince, and not fit to run the town as sheriff; and Leroy stumbles upon some treasure in the Storybrooke mine that could help bring Mary Margaret and Emma back into our world. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Red Riding Hood finds a kindred spirit in Anita (Annabeth Gish), a charismatic and mysterious leader of a pack of humans who, like Red, turn out to be wolves.

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Initial reactions

Some of our interesting discussion points (in no particular order):

  • Henry and Aurora are seeing each other in the nightmare, but Henry learned how to control it! They are even communicating.
  • The flames from Henry’s dream are actually burning him because the nightmares are actually another realm, between life and death.
  • Will Henry be the hero and help communicate between Present-Day Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke?
  • The dwarfs found diamonds. If they can make fairies have magic again from the fairy dust?
  • The story in Enchanted Forest seems to be one month after “Red Handed.”
  • We loved seeing Billy, also known as Gus the mouse from Disney’s Cinderella. But he was too young to die!
  • DA Spencer may have burned Jefferson’s magic hat, but what about the one Emma made in “Hat Trick”?
  • Red learned to control her powers! We expected this based on her helpfulness in previous episodes.
  • Whose sunken castle was the werewolf pack hiding in?

We gave everything a brief overview and would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • Crystal

    Just started listening to these wonderful podcasts a few weeks ago! They’re awesome. Just started listening to this one now but couldn’t wait to say something which I hope you all discuss or will discuss in your full version. The conversation Rumpy has with Henry about controlling what you fear will probably be very important in the future regarding Rumples himself. Could this be a foretelling of maybe Henry and or Emma (she does owe Rumpy a favor) controlling Rumpy with his dagger? In the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast Gaston stabs the Beast and then Belle confesses her love which saves him (Beast). Someone will have to stab Rumpy to free him thus the stabber becoming the Dark One needing someone to somehow free them of that curse as well. Just imagine a Dark One Emma or Henry. *shivers*

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      It’s funny that you call him “Rumpy.” :)

      Yes, we’ve previous discussed whether Emma’s favor would be using the dagger against him and becoming the dark one herself. It seems possible.

  • http://twitter.com/AuridelDawne TheGoldenKey

    That’s 2 Sunday’s in a row I’ve missed live chat & podcast :( Listened in this morning though. Love to hear your take on things. Jenny is right, the show is only getting better and better! :) Have to wonder though, why didn’t David take Spencer over to the town border and push him over? Problem solved!

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      Totally! But Spencer wasn’t a nice DA, either!

  • Marie

    Love this podcast, it’s got to be one of the best there is for this excellent show. I was wondering, did anybody else see a possible connection/callback to the red room of fire and the name of Baelfire? Or is this just a coincidence? Something tells me that Neal is not Baelfire, but is just Peter Pan through and through. I think we have yet to meet Baelfire, but I think he’s coming soon and will be very important.

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      I can’t see a connection with the red room and Baelfire. The red room is simply the result of the sleeping curse, as Mr. Gold explained.

  • Sarah

    Problem number 1: Hook wasn’t in it. Problem #2: Hook wasn’t in it. Problem #3: Hook wasn’t in it….

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      I’m guessing you like Hook. :)

  • Sean

    Regarding the other Wolves, I figure they just held back and hid.. subservient to the new Alpha wolf (Red).

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      Do you think those other wolves could be in Storybrooke? What little I knew about this episode before watching it, I expected Spencer had hired the wolf pack to kill Gus.

  • http://twitter.com/KatherineLn Katherine Laine

    Just wanted to note a tiny Lost Easter Egg. When Spencer showed up at the police station to threaten David, he referred to him as “Shepherd”, which was our Lost hero’s name, Jack Shephard.

    Not huge since David actually was a shepherd, but since Spencer is a former Lost actor, and David is our leading hero I figure it was done intentionally as a Lost reference.

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      Coincidental, yes. But it still could be an intentional reference. Thanks!