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Old January 21 2013, 05:29 PM   #334
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Re: Once Upon A Time - Season 2 Thread

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Her whole "Living Lie Detector" was always more just her trying to psych out people rather than a real skill she had.
I wish a number of fans would get that. I keep reading comments with people bitching about how dumb Emma is because she can't always tell when people are lying. It's fairly obvious that her lie detector powers aren't real. Or at least they don't work consistently.
Emma's suppposed ability to detect a lie was what led her to stay in Storybrooke after returning Henry. She asked Regina if she loved Henry and got a negative. That's why it was in one sense a surprise when Regina tried to reform for Henry. Of course, later on her behavior also didn't make any sense if she didn't really care, but there you are. Villains rarely need to make sense. But the heroes do, and Emma staying to save Henry from "mother" who doesn't love him is a powerful motive for heroism. On the other hand, Emma kidding herself because she just deep down already wants to get into a custody dispute she would lose? Not so much. This was hugely important to the entire first season.

Also, to clarify about the last episode: Anybody should have been able to tell that the new guy was lying! Unless this was really the ninth dwarf, Twitchy.
For the first season to work, Emma's 'lie detector' ability has to be real and functional. But it seems somewhat unreliable now. Maybe it was a magical ability that Emma had but was never understood, and functioned somewhat on instinct. And now that Gold has brought magic into this world, it's messed up and she has to actually learn how to use it now.

That is just my stupid theory, and the actual reason why it didn't work is because the writer needed it to not work for his story to work.
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