Emotionally, this episode was a triumph: There were some supremely satisfying moments and a few genuine surprises.
This delightful sour candy of an episode volleyed between extremely wrought, bitter moments between Mary and Frances and truly sweet stuff happening everywhere else.
This episode was so packed with revelations that I felt queasy by the end of it.
"The Jolly Roger" was so great! It was fun, it was entertaining, it paid off on Emma being the savior in ways we very rarely see, and it kept the plot relatively small yet emotionally potentjust the way I like…
One of the many reasons I adore Reign is episodes like “Liege Lord,” which took a break from teen romance to focus on a plot steeped in Tudor politics and nuanced statecraft.
There’s an element of redundancy going on—the repetition of the abandoning parents, the long-lost relations, the mysterious cloud of smoke—that’s going to swiftly move OUAT from “enjoyably ludicrous” to “come on guys, it’s fantasy; surprise us, maybe?" territory.
Wonderland's finale was as slapdash, needlessly complicated, and confounding as the rest of the season... in a great way.
This time, death is presumably for realsies, you guys.
Why, why OUAT did you (A) center this thread so much on Charming when you had such a lovely guest star, and (B) turn Rapunzel into a confused allegory for overcoming self doubt?!?!
When this show is good, it is very very good.