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Posted by Pablozky at Wednesday, October 09, 2013 22 CommentsOnce Upon A Time Reviews
Aside from that, this week’s episode was fun. We start with Rumple hiding his dagger from everyone, including himself which is a smart move; I have to mention that the shadow he summed looked a lot like the one Peter Pan uses to kidnap children, coincidence? There must be a story there that we don’t know yet.
Meanwhile our heroes venturing around the island; Hook leads the way as he knows the place the best, while Charming and Snow try to cheer Emma up who has been noticeably anxious about finding Henry and quite insecure about her own skills. She, of course, doesn’t buy her parents’ optimism. It’s nice territory to explore and the episode makes sure to cover that ground in depth.
Regina gets anxious, and she decides to take matters on her own hands and cast a location spell in the map so that they can find Peter (and hopefully Henry), but they end up being surrounded by Lost Boys. This leads to a fight scene which, although not perfectly executed, it was really fun to watch. Our heroes hold their feet quite well (with Regina being a total badass wiping out some of those boys with her magic) and Emma is about to reach Peter, but before that she ends up fighting another boy and when she has the chance to kill him (or at least take him as hostage) she just stops: she looks on the boy’s eyes and she freezes as she sees something in him that reminds her of what she is. Long story short, the boys retreat, Charming gets (probably lethally ) wounded, but acts as nothing happened, and our main party is back to square one.
Snow and Emma share a good moment as Snow pushed her daughter to admit why she didn’t kill the boy, and Emma confess that it’s because the look on the boy’s eyes is the one of an orphan, and she was an orphan herself, and that’s a part of her that will never banish, even after finding her parents. It’s a strong moment, and just as last week’s scene with Henry’s birth, I’ve been constantly surprised with Morrison’s performance so far; last season I thought she lost some focus, but as right now I think she is having her best season acting wise. We’ll have to see how it plays out in the following episodes.
Finally, after accepting who she is, the map shows Henry’s location and Emma has yet another encounter with Peter, who tells her that even if she finds Henry he won’t go back to her as he hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him. This could be really interesting; aside from Peter messing with Emma’s head, if we actually see Henry being turned around against his mothers (yes, against Regina too) the show might actually give Henry proper use, something it has always struggled with.
The good moments came whenever we were in Never Land, with Hook leading out party through the island, Regina being anxious, Emma being insecure, and Snow and Charming trying to keep Emma’s spirit up. Those moments showed us the real tension that is generated through this whole situation that is Henry’s rescue and there are some good character moments. But when we spend time in the flashback it just tells us, once again, information we already know. If they are going to show us the past, I recommend that they actually reveal something we don’t know about the character. We didn’t learn anything new about Regina, Rumple, Charming or Snow, we merely were told that Snow went through a process of finding herself and that’s it; it took it about 15 or 20 minutes that could been spent more wisely. I hope the show doesn’t do something like that again.
Flashback aside, the episode was mostly good, entertaining, though not really memorable, it was a good time killer, but I’m still waiting for an episode that makes me think “this is great television”, because I know OUAT can do that, it just needs more focus.
-Hook: “On those stories, what I was like? Other than a villain and handsome”.
Emma: “If wax, mustaches and perms are your thing”.
Hook: “I take it by your tone, perms are bad”.
I love when the writers make scenes with these two.
-Charming: “I agree with the pirate”.
Hook: “I’m winning you over, I can tell that”
I rephrase my sentence above; you just gotta love Hook.
-Things we actually learnt in the flashback: there was this one time when the dwarfs thought Charming was a gold digging. It was worth a laugh or two.
-I almost forgot to mention it: Charming got badly hurt in the fight with the Lost Boys! I doubt his life is in true danger, but it’s interesting to ponder how intense OUAT would get if they actually pulled the trigger on this.
-Next Week: Tinkerbell comes to the show, and she has a face off with Regina! I loved Regina centric episodes last season, so let’s see how this plays out.
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