"The Savior" is the first episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Eagle Egilsson. It is the one-hundredth and twelfth episode of the series overall, and premiered on September 25, 2016. This episode is the sixth season premiere.
As our heroes set out to stop Hyde, Emma develops a mysterious side effect, and Storybrooke becomes a haven for refugees from the Land of Untold Stories. Meanwhile, Regina and Zelena embrace their newfound sisterhood by becoming roommates, while Rumple tries to free Belle from the sleeping Curse with the help of a stranger. In flashback, Jafar confronts an afflicted Aladdin in Agrabah, and a secret about the Savior is revealed.
In an unknown land, a man on horseback is chased by a mysterious figure on a flying carpet. His pursuer shoots magic at him, narrowly missing him several times. The rider reaches a small building, shouting, "He's coming!" and calling for help. Inside, a young woman stands over a young man. The rider pleads for help from the "Savior". The pursuer, Jafar, arrives, and dispatches the rider quickly, turning him into dust. Jafar comments that the "Savior" is hiding, and the young woman pleads with Jafar not to hurt the young man, and Jafar magically knocks her into a wall, leaving her unconscious. Jafar continues to mock the young man, Aladdin, telling him he could have escaped his fate. Aladdin tells him that, if he is going to kill him, to get it over with. Jafar declines, and reminds Aladdin that when the two first met, he was nothing but a common thief, but one with honor. He observes that becoming a hero has caused Aladdin to fall apart. He remarks that the "fate of saviors" is to give and give.. until nothing is left, and that one never hears "they lived happily ever after" about a savior. With these words, Jafar leaves. Aladdin trembles.
- The title card features Jafar flying on his carpet.
- The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on June 25, 2016.
- A few scenes of this episode and "A Bitter Draught" were filmed simultaneously.
- Several mistakes were made on the press release of this episode:
- There was also a mistake in the actual episode credits, which spelled "Dennis" rather than Deniz Akdeniz.
- While the flying version of the Oracle's bird seems to be computer-animated, the one that sits still is a cockatiel that was CGIed red.
- The Storybrooke events take place after "An Untold Story". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Land of Untold Stories events take place during "An Untold Story".
- The Agrabah events take place "many years" earlier, after Amara is turned into a Serpent Staff in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode "The Serpent", and before Jafar leaves Agrabah for Wonderland in "Down the Rabbit Hole". (For more details, see the Agrabah timeline)
- Emma and Hook make references to Emma's red leather jacket, which was first seen in "Pilot". The story behind the jacket, is revealed in "Firebird".
- Mr. Hyde's cell at the psychiatric ward is the same cell that Zelena lived in in "Mother" and "Season Five. Belle also lived in this cell during Skin Deep" and "A Land Without Magic".
- Mr. Hyde points out that Emma has been in prison; an event shown in "Tallahassee" and "The Heart of the Truest Believer".
- Belle was put under the Sleeping Curse in "Ruby Slippers".
- In Belle's dream, she drops a teacup, but Rumplestiltskin catches it and says that it's not even chipped; a reference to the scene with the Chipped Cup in "Skin Deep".
- In Belle's dream, Rumplestiltskin recreates the dance scene from their honeymoon in "A Tale of Two Sisters".
- Emma first had a vision of the future that came true in "Her Handsome Hero".
- Archie mentions the first time he met Emma, an event that took place in "Pilot".
- Rumplestiltskin says that he lost his son, an event that took place in "The Return".
- In Belle's dream, Belle and Rumplestiltskin share a True Love's kiss, which starts to transform him back into his old self, before the Darkness gains control over him again; just like what happened in "Skin Deep".
- Mary Margaret mentions the death of her mother, an event that took place in "The Queen Is Dead".
- There is a statue of an angel next to the Mills Mausoleum.
- One of the headstones in the Storybrooke Graveyard is shaped like a Celtic cross.
- In Belle's dream, she and Rumplestiltskin dance to an instrumental version of the title song from Beauty and the Beast. Belle's yellow dress is similar to the one her Disney counterpart wears in the dance scene from the movie.
- The Oracle's red bird is an allusion to Iago from the Aladdin trilogy.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story, the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz story, Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, Beauty and the Beast (who is also Rumplestiltskin from the Rumplestiltskin fairytale) from the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, Aladdin and the Sorcerer from One Thousand and One Nights, and Morpheus from Greek Mythology.
- When Zelena is moving in with Regina, a hare plush toy that was sitting by a small dinner table when young Alice returned to Victorian England in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode "Down the Rabbit Hole" can be seen in one of the moving boxes. In "And They Lived...", Alice's daughter has the same toy.
- In Belle's dream, there is a modified version of the rack, a well-known medieval instrument of torture, in the Dark Castle great hall. This rack has spiked rollers designed to slice into the skin and muscles of the victim's back, an "improvement" made by the French.
- One of the businesses across the street from the pawnshop is called Jolene's Arts & Crafts. However, when the dirigible is flying over Storybrooke, the real business name, Crafts 'n More, can be seen on the building. When Belle walks by the pawnshop at the end of the episode, the name is back to normal.
- When Mary Margaret and David are in the forest, looking for the visitors from the Land of Untold Stories, Mary Margaret receives a phone call. She says to David, "That was from Emma and Hook. No sign of Hyde or Hyde's friends on the north side." The problem is, Hyde had already been captured earlier that day, and Mary Margaret, David, Emma and Hook were all there when it happened. They wouldn't look for him.
- The scene where the people of Storybrooke watch the flying dirigible, the scene where Emma and Hook are talking in the forest, and the scene where Emma meets the Oracle, were all filmed in Burnaby's Central Park.
- A park in Steveston Village doubles as the Storybrooke Graveyard for this episode.
|French||"La Sauveuse"||"The Savior"|