Once Upon a Time- Episode 3.08 "Think Lovely Thoughts" Review- Take Henry out and you get the best episode of the season
Posted by Pablozky at Friday, November 22, 2013 9 Comments
The episode has two main stories: Rumple flashback and our heroes getting to Henry.
The flashback is great; to be honest I didn’t have much expectations to begin with, as I thought that when Rumple’s father leaves him with the old ladies that would be his abandonment story, but there was way more to it than I initially thought: the ladies give Rumple a magic bean so he and his father can go somewhere else, where they could start over. This echoes to what Baelfire tried to do with Rumple and so there is a nice theme of story being repeated; usually, repetition can hurt a show a lot, but when done right it’s a great theme, and here is one of those times.
Rumple’s father was kind of a gambling addict, so instead of working he would always leave his son behind to play; Rumple, with his magic bean, convinces his father to start a new life somewhere else, and his dad knows exactly where he wants to start over: Neverland.
The great thing about watching Rumple and his father on Neverland is that somehow you know that everything is going to fall apart; Rumple’s father acts just as if his son doesn’t exist, and he is so desperate to experience Neverland the same way as he did as a kid that he outright ditches his son, who is sent back to the Enchanted Forest, so he could become a kid again, an ageless kid. And that’s how Peter Pan was born. But wait! There’s more! Neverland has rules; there’s only so much time Pan can spend on Neverland because it’s a place that should only be visited in dreams, so when the hourglass on Skull Rock drops the last bits of sand Peter Pan will die unless he gets the heart of the truest believer, where Henry comes in.
The fact that Peter Pan ditched his own son, that he kept his grandson on Neverland for so long and that he is willing to take his great grandson’s life for his own benefit just shows us what kind of nasty character this is, and that’s how he is supposed to feel, so everything here works right.
Rumple has a confrontation with his parent which is one hell of a scene. The pain on Rumple feels real and earned, which makes this scene all the more hurtful, as he didn’t fall for his dad’s tricks, but he didn’t get to trap him on the box, instead he gets trapped himself.
That’s a really good cliffhanger and it sets up what could be a really intense episode, but it feels wrong that I can be so tempted with the idea of Henry dying for good; I’m supposed to care for the character, but both Jared S. Gilmore and the writers have made sure that he is so annoying that I don’t really care if he lives or not. He will live, for sure, but I can’t stop thinking about how cool it would be if he wasn’t saved and how that would affect our main characters. Sadly, there’s only about 1% chance of that happen (even less chances considering next episode title is ‘Save Henry’) and it’s even more sad that a character so relevant to the show just annoys me so much. Oh well, at least we will always have Hook, Regina and Rumple to compensate.
-Charming and Snow go to look for some water to keep Charming alive long enough in their trip back to Storybrooke so he can last enough to be healed by Rumple; the episode benefits from having limited amount of screen time for both as they haven’t been on their best form in this arc. The sad part: Hook stays behind with them.
- Henry : “Heroes have to make sacrifices all the time. My family taught me that.”
Please, no more goofy lines like that for Henry, Jared doesn’t know how to deliver them.
-I found it hilarious when Rumple’s father believed he could fly and he falls in the sand. He was so convinced he was going to make it that it made the fall all the more funny.
-Wendy is essentially saved, right? Is she going back to Storybrooke with our gang? Why do I feel the show will so desperately try to pair her with Henry?
-If all that Pan needed was Henry's heart, why didn't he outright took it out when they first met? Did he need Henry to believe him to get it to work?
-Next epido: I feel a lot of Regina badassery coming in their way to defeat Peter Pan. I’m glad the arc is coming to an end; these last episodes have been really great, but it feels like the right time to end it.
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