Victoria Smurfit was fantastically cast as Cruella de Ville, rivalling Glenn Close’s portrayal with ease. This week was her turn to shine as her back story was revealed to include the author, gin and dalmatians. Alongside this, Rumplestiltskin’s plan to change the endings of villains is in motion.
In her past life, young Cruella was locked away by her mother, who is indicated to have killed her husbands. A Cinderella tale with a black widow twist, or so we thought… Her favourite song in the 1920s inspired realm is the Charleston version of ‘Cruella de Ville’ appearing in the original Disney classic. The Author took an interest in the mysterious blonde and used his writing skills to help her escape. But it was at this point suspicions arose because the Author decided to overshare. Essentially on his first date the scene went as follows: by the way I’m an author. The Author. There is only one and I am it. It’s all about my magic pen.
Following these events the Author changed Cruella’s story so that she could not harm another. Unfortunately, this was unknown to Emma who took dramatic measures to protect those she loved. Rumplestiltskin’s plan to turn Emma dark was started by the unveiling of her parents’ lies and will gather speed from her actions this episode.
All in all a rather sombre episode, but it emphasised an important split between the types of villains out there. There are those who are born bad, prime examples being Cruella and Zelina, and those who have ‘badness’ thrust upon them through injustice, betrayal and a need for revenge. In to what category will Maleficent’s daughter Lily fall into? And was the Author’s experience with Cruella the reason he changes stories so much with a clear definition between heroes and villains? As the season continues, we are sure to find out.