Once Upon a Time Season 2 Finale Review: Straight on 'Til Season 3

Once Upon a Time S02E24: "And Straight On 'Til Morning"

I am a wreck right now. I should be jogging down by the beach, then coming home for a sensible meal and checkin’ my stocks or whatever grown-ups do. Instead I am a hot mess hunched up in a blanket, unable to sleep due to fitful, OUAT-themed nightmares after a night spent screaming about magic beans to the consternation of my neighbors and their infant. That finale was intense! It also made very little sense and featured not just a macguffin but a deus ex machina and TWO pencil sketches that were cherishingly gazed at. No wonder I feel so shaky this morning.

So everyone we’re interested in on OUAT is now on the same cozy little ship together, bound for an islanded studded with emo teen dreamboats.The Lost Ones! A team of Abercrombie & Fitch models who will stop at nothing until they find HENRY!

Which is good, because Henry could use some male peer companionship. There was something desperately sad about Henry on the tire swing in the very beginning of the episode, something about how he was both too old and too large for it (seriously I thought the rope was breaking on its own at first and Mr. Gold was just not saying anything about it), not to mention he was totally stone-faced, like swinging on a tire was a chore he had to finish. What are his options? Another 500 swings on the tire while Granny stares at you with a shotgun in her lap or go make ANOTHER birdhouse with your schoolteacher/grandma. Yeah, a team of rowdy adolescent boys giving him noogies at a forever summer camp is just what the doctor ordered for ol’ Jared Gilmore.

So the fact Greg and Tamara absconded with him is actually pretty cool, except I do not need to see those two lunkheads Season 3. Not with some of the shit that came out of their mouths this episode. “So you don’t know who you work for?” “We’re not like you Hook. We’re not characters grounded in a backstory with plausible motives for our actions. We’re plot coupons.”


They “activated” the macguffin diamond with a pickaxe and then took off because they are totally willing to die to cleanse the world of magic but would rather not actually die, thanks. Also these proud magic-haters needed to kidnap Henry and take him to a magical realm, using magic? Go home, OUAT writers, you’re drunk. Or at least they needed to fill about one more cocktail napkin with brainstorming on Greg and Tamara’s character arcs. But whatever, even if the diamond was ridiculous, at least it got us to where we wanted to be at the end of this season: with the Charmings embracing Regina (literally) as a hero.

Yes, last night Snow basically was #TeamRegina so hard and I loved it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be nodding in agreement with Snow while watching a conversation between her and Emma, but Snow took her daughter to SCHOOL last night. She read Emma Swan like a bill of rights and then served her a diploma. After a heart-rending goodbye with Regina in the mines…


Emma came on over to Granny’s like, “Okay guys, this show better hit the road! Let's all 1200 of us get ready to jump in a portal! *cough* Regina’s sacrificing her life for the town! *cough*”


Henry, in an unprecedented moment for the show, actually objected to his single mother of 10 years being left to die and referred to her as his mom about three times in a row.  Then Snow argued that Emma must do the right thing by going back into a mine and throwing the diamond into a portal, where it would presumably explode another reality (sucks to be you, HalloweenLand or whatever).

 And to seal the deal, Archie gave his approval. Hey Archie!




Appreciate the support, Archie. Now sit down, the grown-ups  are talking.

At no point in all this did anyone mention the Blue Fairy, who I assume was marathoning CSI: SVU on the nunnery flatscreen. That’s right, the entire town was willing to risk their lives for Regina rather than appeal to the Blue Fairy for help, because all of the BF's magic comes at the price of a long, arbitrary moralistic speech/getting your ass reverted to age 9. Real talk: The Blue Fairy just kind of sucks at magic and everyone in Storybrooke knows it.


A reluctant Emma and her entire family made their way down to the mines, where Regina was bravely yet barely holding it together and Emma realized that Hook still had the magic bean in his OTHER little clutch purse. (The one David had tried to awkwardly finger earlier and they acted like he had taken the bean but there was no way he took the bean and it was weird.)

So after flirting with the idea of just dying in her parents' arms (and like, how awesome was it when Henry left the Charming family hug to join Regina, who was over like S.T. Rugglin' to keep them all alive? That hug was all I ever needed)...

... it finally dawned on Emma that waaait a minute, she has innate magical powers too! Maybe she should, like, stand across from Regina and make that diamond BOUNCE.








A couple things about this: A.) In all fairness they should have been holding hands, since they did open the portal in the hat in the season premiere only after they touched. B.) You don’t have to be a women's studies major to see the subtextual lesbian implications on this one, something that much like Archie I approve of (let’s take them from sub to text though, Season 3!) C.) THAT’S ALL IT TOOK?! That’s really all it took. Three seconds of Emma and Regina teaming up. They saved Storybrooke in less time than it takes to microwave a burrito. Like damn. 

So after a very awkward “Oh heeey… we’re ALL heroes now haha that wasn't a metaphor for anything btw” moment came the TRULY awkward realization that Snow and Charming had misplaced Henry. Now we know why Emma and Regina get Granny to watch him at the playground and why they’re always so grateful to see him alive and well, because his grandparents are TERRIBLE BABYSITTERS. Snow and Charming are great people, but they are nonsense parents. They just can’t hold onto a child. Can’t do it! A baby, to them, is like a greased watermelon to you or me.


So now, thanks to a change of heart that was actually pretty well grounded by the FTL flashbacks, Hook returned to help out the Storybrookers. Without a doubt, the Peter Pan as a horror story has been the most successful conceit of this entire season, and the looming fear of the shadowy pan, the threatening Lost Ones raiding the pirate ship, and the adult pirates actually being sort of a refuge—it was all fantastic world-building and made Hook’s heroic turn at the end feel earned (unlike the deus ex machine memory drink which… whatever. Got to pick my battles).


It also makes me excited that basically all the fan-favorite characters are on the ship, except for Belle, who Mr. Gold hilariously barred from tagging along even though he expects to die on this voyage and Belle is supposed to be his like raison d’etre. But God forbid they enjoy a simple burger together, no, Belle has to stay behind and cast a cloaking spell on Storybrooke, because we all know the Blue Fairy can’t be trusted with that. Once again, Mr. Gold seems to want to have a relationship with Belle all by himself. He loves her, he just doesn’t seem to want to be around her, ever. I think he actually may have been more into Lacey. (MISS U LACEY.)




Storybrooke, the drabbest towne in all of Maine, is safe once more. Neal is in Fairy-Tale Land with Aurora, Mulan, and PHILIP?  Was this some sort of time warp, or did Aurora and Mulan somehow free Philip’s soul, reunite it with his decaying body, and re-animate him? And if so, WTF! Maybe the portal Neal actually fell into was to the Land of OUAT Characters Who the Writers Don't Have Time to Come Up With a Storyline For Right Now Sorry.


So there you have it: Another season of twists and turns got to their twistiest and turniest and now we’re all headed for Neverland (and a few of us are a lot better at mannin' ye riggin' than I expected—Regina is just toiling away on those small sails up on deck and you know she's wearing heels).

Were you entertained? Intrigued? Are you angry that the next episode is so far away, or will it give you time to recover OR are you swearing this show off for good? Let’s discuss.

QUESTIONS:

… Did it sort of take Emma way too long to attempt magic?

… How much of Season 3 do you predict will be spent in Neverland?

… Why do the Lost Ones want Henry? Is Henry missing a shadow, has anyone noticed?

… The Blue Fairy: Why does she never lend a hand in times of trouble?

... Are you angry that Mr. Gold left Belle behind, or just relieved she's not Lacey?

… Tamara and Greg: Have these plot coupons expired, or will “HQ” beam  them some new storylines for Neverland?

… What did you think of the finale and the season overall?

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can't wait for neverland
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I will come back for season 3 just for the sake of Lily's reviews, so hilarious. I found this on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5iib2HrzhQ&list=FLKCgXW4LyPjHOuUbl_EgZLg&index=1 (I didn't make it, jess9191 did) that is like a Lily review of OUAT season 2. I love that this 'drama' translates so well into a comedy. See if you enjoy laughing at characters you love.
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Okay, so I went to rewatch the part of Henry on the swing, to see if he has a shadow, and he didnt while he was swinging, but when the Charming posse arrived and started talking to Gold/Rumpy, Emma looks at Henry on the swing, slowing down, and you can see a shadow. So idt thats going to be why the shadow thing wants him.

I'm interested to see how next season is going to go, I would like to believe that the villains (especially Hook), give up on continuously double crossing everyone, and new enemies come into the plot.

Also the Charming's need to decide once and for all how they feel about Regina, they are just fucking with her emotions now.
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I love love LOVE your reviews! They are freaking hilarious and you hit a home run every time! I can't wait to read them the second after I watch the episode! Please keep writing :)
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Why must everything have a lesbian overtone? I just do NOT see it?
The diamond being destroyed by Emma and Regina was quick because how boring to watch them stand and do that for ever. The writers only use the actors that are available. We did not see the mirrormirror Genie cause he is on Revolution...Blue Fairy is off somewhere..Next season Ruby will not show up much either. Give the writers a break thehy cant keep the actors tied to the show if all they need them for is one scene every few weeks..
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Can't stop laughing at all the photos!!! So, so funny!
And you are absolutely spot on in everything you wrote. Really, WTF happened to the Blue Fairy? lol
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When it looked like Regina was going to die, I paused it, turned to my wife and said "If they kill the Evil Queen, I'm done watching this show. Lana Parrilla is the only reason I'm still watching"! This season has been a train-wreck. I only look forward to hot red lipstick and sassy evil queen outfits anymore.
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The Swan Queen in this episode was fantastic. Of course then they showed Neal alive and he's apparently set to be a series regular so YAWN the writers will inevitably go with the "he knocked her up (in a stolen hotel room or car)? Must be true love!" plot line instead.

I was pretty baffled by the fact that our lame ass villains grabbed Henry and jumped into the portal and that they actually managed to grab him. Okay then? I am happy all the characters I actually like (let's keep Hook on this non-creeper path guys!) are on a boat together for the start of next season... Not so much that our lame ass villains will be returning.

I'm going to miss Lacey too. At least she had some agency.
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My husband and i both feel that tamara and greg are working for peter pan whether they know it or not
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Well, I put OUAT in the category of shows that can be watched but balance out the good, serious, thought-provoking shows. Breaking Bad needs a Breaking Stupid, hence: OUAT!
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I'm hoping Robin Williams as Peter Pan..
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Hahahah I love these reviews way more than I like the show :') Liked the whole Peter Pan as badass tho, and also that everyone else in the town is 'safe' now and they don't have to sacrifice their lives anymore for any.. cricket or mouse or whatever. Now they're all together (friends and foes) and they have another 'big bad' they are up against so glad to see they will be working together. All that intrigue within the group was annoying at one point, and backstabbing each other etc. Just as earth needs a big bad (aliens) to unite, this group needed that as well. Hope to see a more cohesive season next time. (oh and whut, philip? really, writers? well at least he has his threesome, at least SOMEONE's happy at FTland).
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oh and when the blonde "model" with the cape said rrrrrrrrrip, I kinda REALLY laughed.
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Awesome review lol, this ep was a mess! And you described everything so beautifully, I really don't get why Rumple let belle go, it was like this "Go cast a spell gtg bye" and she was like "WHAT" And he was like 'ok bye now' wtf out of chara much?
And I really liked Neal, but why did he got drift to the plot or something that they already covered? Why do they keep tearing this family apart?! And did nobody noticed that Henry doesn't go to school anymore?!
* I really don't get the Regina/everyoneelseship, I mean, what? Do they like her? hate her? WHAT DO THEY EVEN THINK ABOUT HER?!
And did Emma thought about using magic but she just felt like letting Regina die, and then she felt bad cause Henry didn't want her to die and she decided to help her out cause of Henry?
* What are they going to do on the ship? All of them? Fight? Kill each other? I mean SRSLY they wouldn't last a day together!
* The part when Rumple found out about the blue fairy was really funny, he was like "WTF DO YOU MEAN SHE FOUND IT NOW?! WHY DID I WORK SO HARD TO MAKE LACEY LIKE ME NO I LIKE LACEY I DON'T LIKE BELLE ANYMORE GOD, AND WHY DID SHE FOUND OUT IN THE FUCKING MIDDLE OF THE FINALE EPISODE?!?! I HATE THAT FAIRY GOD!"
* And when they lost Henry was it really weird, I mean, one minute he was with them and the second later he was gone, they didn't realized he was being kidnapped right next to them?!?!?!

That episode really made no sense, but I'll keep watching that anyway lol
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Yeah...During the half second the explosion lasted, Greg and Tamara managed to get into the tunnels and kidnap Henry - who was kicking and screaming - and nobody noticed. I guess it was almost...magic :p. Yeah...Sucks.
Anyways, I think that "Rumple's Spell" to Belle is more like "instructions to find the dagger if I die". Too bad?
And please...They only had Blue Fairy with a honestly-why? potion coz they needed to carry on the plot in Neverland, and it wouldn't fit if Belle was still Lacey.
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I actually liked this review!
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This review was HEEE-LARIOUS(!) and, actually, made me like this episode much more. Have to admit, though, that in two seasons--this was the first episode I liked from beginning to end, despite it being crazy and completely inconsistent.
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Gee this show can sure find lame/easy ways to progress the story..what a letdown!
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and how it's possibile for the shadows in 1880 look for Henry who will be born in 2K!?
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Yeah this was something that made me wonder where they're going with Henry. Either a "seer" knew what he was going to look like (enough to make a dramatically accurate rendering) but did not know the era in which he would exist, or he already existed in the 1800s at his current age in the real world (since the shadow was looking for a boy in the real world) and somehow was reincarnated in Emma's womb in 2001. We know he was a baby when Gold found him because Regina talks about "changing every diaper", so it's not like he appeared at his current age in Storybrooke through a portal. I really hope they're trying to make Emma's vag another magical portal just so I can read the review of that episode.
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A third possibility: Neverland doesn't have time as we know it? It is Neverland, after all. For all we know, maybe Bae entered Neverland in the 1800s, and escaped after less than a year and just happened to come out in the 1990s on Earth, when it could just as easily have been 200 B.C. Maybe the drawing was made in the 2000s, but when Pan comes to Earth, it's at a random point in time, so he's effectively a time-traveler, even though technically it's really Neverland that has no relation to Earth's time.
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I figured The Dark One/Seer knew what the kid looked like (it looked a lot like Rumplestiltskin's drawing style- remember picture of Baelfire?)- but not necessarily where or when he was. At the time he's "gifted" with the prophecy of the boy being his downfall, our glittery goblin has no idea that this troublesome lad is actually his grandson.

When Henry starts growing up enough to look like his vision, Mr Gold's keeping an eye on him- maybe he can eliminate his downfall and destroy Regina all at once? Nice twofer. (Adds a bit of irony to Gold's speech to Emma about the walkie-talkies, doesn't it?) Maybe it was a win-win for him during last season's finale- if Emma brings the kid back, the Curse is broken; if she doesn't, Rumple's safe from his "doom". (If anyone could predict Regina's poisoning a turnover, it would be Gold).

If you're right about that portal, will Emma's next kid be Daniel?
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sorry to say this, but... writer how about a little plausibility?!!!!!!!!!! How could it be possible to see Bae as a kid with Hook already in his 30's.. and today Neil with Hook both as a men in theyr 30's?? Ever worse, how Bae could travel through time and land in 1880 London as a kid and then in 2013 as a man in his 30's????? That's ridiculuos!!!!!!
Like Emma usig magic like that, snap of a finger.. c'mon!!!
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Bae said to Emma that he really should be 200 years old... He was born and aged normal in "Snowwhite Land" Then he went through the portal and in Never never land he does not age.. we do not know how long he is there for BUT he must come to Earth again in later 1900s and has been ageing normal ever since. As for Hook. Again ageing seems to be suspended or at the very least slows down.. then Cora put a spell on them to stop ageing. I mean Storeybrook people have not been ageing either. Look at Snow and Emma not the most usual mother daughter pair.
Emma was born with magic in her. She just never learned to use it so does not think about using it until desparate times calls for desparate measures.
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1) It was already explained that in Neverland, people do not age. So we don't know how long he was there.
2) Cora told Hook that the curse would freeze time in the enchanted forest, so neither of them aged for 28 years.
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I have unsound theories on a lot of what's going in with this show but I am almost entirely confident that the shadow wants Henry because Bae/Neal gave himself to the shadow, escaped and was never captured. Bae/Neal is now an adult so the shadow (who fancies little boys) wants Henry, his son. I think it's as simple as that, most likely no other darker reasoning.
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That would make sense except that they showed that the lost boys did capture the boy?(more of a young adult) Bae/Neal and they dismissed him for not being Henry. Maybe it's because Henry can see the truth about the magic world before anyone else? He knew about it since the very first episode. Or another theory is that maybe Peter Pan is looking for his real parents and Henry is the only boy who can find them because of his "ability" to read into storybooks.
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Or maybe he wants Henry because he is supposed to be the undoing of the dark one and allow Peter Pan to get his powers

Or maybe if Emma has magic then so does Henry

Or most likely like anything else in this show - The writers have no idea yet and they'll just wing it as they go along.
Best example: August showing the note to Neal.
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Phillip was the beast on fire from season 2 episode 11. Belle and Mulan were supposed to kill it but Belle poured water on the beast then saw him writing 'save me' and she threw fairy dust on him and he became Phillip again. So yes, he did get saved by the time he showed up again in this last episode.
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That was a flashback from before the curse, shortly after Rumple banished Belle from his castle. . After Belle cured Phillip from THAT, he went with Mulan to find and cure Aurora while Cpra captured Belle. At which point they got frozen by Cora for 28 yearswhen she sealed the entire island. Until Emma broke the Storybrooke curse and the people on the island awoke to a darker FTL.

THEN Phillip and Mulan freed Autora, only to have Pihillip cursed again. So Mulan and Aurora went off to free him after Snow and Emma returned home.

So now that all 3 found Bae it seems that Mulan and Aurora were successful after all
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Emma's non-use of magic was understandable. She's always been cautious, nervous and even a bit scared of her own possible magical abilities and I think the show did a great job of showcasing Emma's reluctance and bravery.

I expect at least half of next season to be in Neverland. Belle using the spell to cloak Storybrooke should not be difficult (who's the threat of Storybrooke now?). I am very much looking forward to Season 3 because now we have so much Neverland and Fairy Tale Land on the way, as well as more flashbacks!

I have no idea why the lost ones want Henry. The show purposely made that revelation the last moments of the show because it seems as though Henry is pretty much just an ordinary boy (but secretly has magical powers). A funny (and outrageous) turn would be if Peter Pan and Regina or Peter Pan and the Dark One have worked together, and this is just part of Regina or Fairy Tale Land Rumple/The Dark One's plans! Thankfully, I doubt that will be the case but it would be so ridiculous and funny if that was the case. I think Peter Pan wants Henry for some reason. Here's my question, though: why would Peter Pan want to destroy all magic? I don't think we've been able to see Henry have a shadow or not (due to lighting and camera angles).

The Blue Fairy is just plain irresponsible. She made Pinocchio into a young boy (she did have a look of "oops" upon the change). She had a way to make a potion that changes people's memories and never thought to bring that up before now? The Blue Fairy *can* do magic, but as the review states, she's just not very skilled at it (and can make mistakes). I find that to be a somewhat interesting take on the blue fairy. It is, quite frankly, hilarious (intentional or not).

I was sad about Gold leaving Belle, but it was a very touching departure, and I'm sure we'll see more of Belle in Season 3 (somewhere). Seeing what Belle has been through, I think it's great that Gold has given her freedom back, as well as a pretty huge responsibility to the people of Storybrooke, so that's special. I think it was right for Belle to stay behind. The Blue Fairy did something right.......that she should have done at the beginning of the season (what's she thinking?).

Tamara and Greg are finished. They have brought Henry to Neverland where Peter Pan resides, but I'm strongly hoping that their story is over. It will be interesting to see what happens in Neverland, but I think they were there only for plot purposes. The magic bean thing was just a means for them to escape with Henry (if they failed to destroy all magic in Storybrooke). They didn't want to say "we failed at Peter Pan's plan" so they made it look (to Henry) as though abducting Henry was their plan all along. They remind me a bit of Jessie and James from Pokemon in how they awesomely failed. The beans were just an escape for them. While still a tiny bit of a stretch/a bit too convenient, it makes sense and worked.

The finale was one of the best episodes of the season, with plenty of much needed heart, emotion and change of pace. I was surprised at how delighted I was to see Emma and company finally embrace Regina. The episode also showed different sides to Hook and Peter Pan (though now I say "no don't follow him!" whenever I see the New FantasyLand commercials). The creators and producers behind Once have made the different worlds vibrant, beautiful and engrossing. Neverland promises to be even more fantastical and memorable. It will be interesting to see how Bael deals with the shadow compared to how Henry deals with the shadow.

The second season, overall, did not jump the shark, despite having a few poorly written episodes. Fairy Tale Land kept things intelligible when modern day Storybrooke became boring, nonsensical or a bit convoluted. The writers gave us deeper glimpses into the characters' minds and pasts, the actors gave exceptional performances, and the technical effects continue to improve. I'm still intrigued and curious about what Rumple is after the most (though by now it may just be his son). I will be purchasing this season on blu ray!

Lastly, I hope to see more of Mulan, Aurora, Philip and the Fairy Tale World. I almost started to think we'd never see them again! Once they get Henry back, I wonder what Regina and Gold will do? On one hand, we have a lot to look forward to with Season 3. On the other hand, I am uncertain where the show will go once Henry is back. I guess we'll have to see! Great job writers of Once Upon A Time, even though at times you made us stretch our suspension of disbelief to new heights! We haven't even seen Peter Pan, yet, and I'll already never look at Peter Pan the same again!
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Even Jessie and James had better writing to work with than Greg and Tamera!

I theorize that the Dark One hired Peter Pan to find "the boy"- which makes me wonder: how did Bae feel when he found out his father wasn't looking for him, but some other kid?

Did he think he'd been forgotten or discarded? Bae knows nothing of the prophecy; and Peter's statement "Lucky boy- you get to live" wouldn't make me want to go back home...
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I agree that Jessie and James had MUCH better writing to work with, I was just pointing out the similarity of how man and woman partnering together to capture a small person and fail in their original mission (only similarities). I like your theory about the Dark One hiring Peter Pan, but The Dark One didn't know about Henry then. The Dark One only knew what Henry looked like in Storybrooke. Neal had no idea his dad wasn't looking for him, but Henry, and only we the audience, Regina and Rumple know that he is after Henry. I'm thinking Henry has a lot more magic and powers than we've seen thus far.
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Best recap ever!

Overall, I'm getting tired of these short ended plots that go nowhere.
The Lacey\Belle plot had potential but they just trimmed it after 2 seconds.
Same for owen and what not.

The fact that Emma took so long to do her thing with Regina was silly. Yes, they should have talked to the blue fairy, heck, are you telling me there are no more magic users in town? shouldn't Amy Acker's character have magic too? SHE WAS ALSO A FAIRY!

Also, when they talked about the wraith, I assumed they'll drop the diamond via the hat...
How was the hat not mentioned at all?

So basically season 3 is split between 3 parts, Neal, Emma and Storybrook.
Meh

And how stupid was it to wait to the last second to mention Peter Pan?!?
I mean come on... Give me a break.


Extremely disapointing season. Such a huge potential season 1 but terrible following.
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The hat doesn't exist anymore (it was burned and couldn't be restored).
Emma not helping made sense to the point that she would possibly die if they were not able to stop the diamond (but just delay it), the same way Regina would die.
Hence, there was no reason for her to sacrifice herself at the moment that she had a chance to leave Storybrooke with her family. When she released that they would all die, no matter what she did, she decided to give it a try (you can blame her for not helping 2mins earlier, but not for not helping at the start of the episode).

We should not forget the Cora storyline, which I think was awesome, and took place at season 2. Yeah, the episodes after it were not great, but season 2 had many good moments albeit it can't be compared to s1. At least the last episode gives us hope for s3. Assuming they don't mess things up, it could have some really interesting episodes.
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Couldn't agree more.
I just think the writers forget their own characters.
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I don't think the writers even watch the show. Each episode seems to be written by a different team of capuchin monkeys. This metaphor, sadly, is an insult to monkeys.
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… Did it sort of take Emma way too long to attempt magic?

Yes. She should have been magicking it up all season.

… How much of Season 3 do you predict will be spent in Neverland?

The first half, with half of each episode following Bae's adventures in WhereverLand. We probably won't see Storybrooke again, at least not for a long time. No one's left to care about except Belle, and they can pull her in some other way. As another poster mentioned, several other character actors have already dropped out, so going back to Storybrooke = pointless.

… Why do the Lost Ones want Henry? Is Henry missing a shadow, has anyone noticed?

Does it matter? I'll bet the writers don't even know yet.

… The Blue Fairy: Why does she never lend a hand in times of trouble?

Because plot hole.

... Are you angry that Mr. Gold left Belle behind, or just relieved she's not Lacey?

Both.

… Tamara and Greg: Have these plot coupons expired, or will “HQ” beam them some new storylines for Neverland?

New storylines, although one or both is expendable now that their paper-thin backstories have been exhausted.

… What did you think of the finale and the season overall?

I enjoyed the plot pacing more than season 1, but that same pacing revealed the slipshod nature of the writing. Also missed Giancarlo Esposito, although I didn't care much for his Genie persona.

And magic = sex metaphor: I sure hope not, or else the scene where the Blue Fairy magically heals and reverts Pinocchio to a little boy is really, really creepy.
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Will you review ONCE UPON A TIME (WONDERLAND) when it premiers? It will come on in the fall during the hiatus' and is suppose to be it's own thing. Here is the official trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-ir6JhV2Zs
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Thanks for posting the link! Some of the music in the middle sounded familiar. I want to say Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack (first movie), but I'm not sure. Anybody know?
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In Neverland...there are MERMAIDS!!! Mermaids=ARIEL! All I care about for season 3. Oh, and Oz. The road of yellow bricks and that city of Emerald's is all I need to see!
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Hey...Do you think there is a chance for Oz being the one behind this "Office" Greg and Tamara work for? Very alike Wicked?
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Works for me!
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They called me crazy when I predicted it, but series regular actors are starting to bail. Meghan Ory is out for lack of screen time. And for those wondering why the Blue Fairy wasn't invited on the little Neverland journey, it's because Keegan Connor Tracy has jumped ship as well. Both are moving on to other shows where hopefully they will be appreciated instead of dumped on.

(I can't post a link here but Meghan's description of her departure on TVGuide dot com really ticked me off... apparently she was promised some extensive storylines this season, then had to approach the creators herself after not being included in several consecutive episodes to see if she still had a job or what was going on. They basically told her she was free to look elsewhere because their brilliant Neverland storyline -- which was concocted well into the season I might add for all of you who think they plan these things months in advance -- could not be interrupted to include any of the planned Red stories. What a couple of douches!)

Anyway, good for them. I suspect other regulars will follow suit, and probably a major player by Season 4 if they aren't locked in for multiple years.
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How many more stories could they actually get out of Red being a wolf? Not too many I suspect anyway. I'm excited for the Neverland storyline; but I do think they are doing too much. Like Gold being Rumple and the dark one and the crocodile, etc.
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I believe they could have gotten some more story out of Red. Or at least had the decency not to promote an actor to regular status and then not let them know that their plans for her character had fallen through. Like some kind of show gods who want people to have to come to them and beg.

But even if you do believe she was played out, that's almost worse. She didn't have a whole hell of a lot to do with the progress of Season 1, so promoting her to series regular for Season 2 and then not having any stories for her is more proof of ineptitude. I don't claim to know a lot about the industry, but even in a town rumored to be as full of shitty people as Hollywood, this just seems unprofessional and disrespectful.
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Gotta agree here- Red could have been utilised more effectively than she was. I'd rather have seen her than Greg and Tamera!

Makes me want to smack HoroKitz"s heads together- it might even have made the Greg/Tamera plotline more interesting if they'd dragged it out a little longer (or at least spread out the stupid!)
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How many more stories could they have for Charmings to "always find each other", again? How many stories could they have for the Saviour that has already saved them all when broke the curse? Ah, yes sorry. There's the whole "does Kate love Jack, or Sawyer" thing that they'll drag through S3, between Emma and Neil (a regular now, we can only hope he'll be as "regular" as Meghan was, but alas) and Hook? If so, I'm SO off this ship.
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Yeah...But it's not only Red. I miss the Mad Hatter and Wonderland plot as well. I would kinda like there was an Alice, someone who fought Cora while she was the Queen of Hearts in a before-the-curse story.
And August was just left in the woods.
It's all a mess, but the neverland plot
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Looks like there will be!
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Lily, that was a tremendous review/recap. It was an alright finale, and i'm interested in next season, but i'm doubtful it will get any better, even with all of our faves together on #TeamSaveHenry. Hopefully they'll surprise me and get these characters back to be the strong people they were originally. I'm hoping for tighter stories, better (actual) character growth, and looking forward to an evil Peter Pan.

It's amazing that no matter how bad the show is for me, simple explanations like the one Snow gave about not choosing the hard way makes me forget about literally episodes where all she did was cry, mope, and otherwise stray from character. Maybe I was just happy someone addressed what she did and told her it was justified, and she didn't cry about it again. I dunno.

Yes, it seems it's taken Emma awhile to warm up to trying magic, but she should have plenty of opportunity to hone her skills in Neverland. Regina and Gold as instructors. Sounds fun. By leaving Belle behind, I hope they intend to move forward with more action oriented/magic themed plots. The love stuff has run it's course. Tamara and Greg are just plot devices, and i'm hoping Pan was the one tugging there strings all along. I like irony.

Overall, the season was pretty lame, and the bar was set quite low, but as this show does so well, I'm interested in seeing what happens next. If only to get my 3-5 minutes of what makes this show worth coming back to (which mostly this season consisted of Regina's continued badassery).
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Why is the blue ferry never around?

Cuz she is too busy trying to help young Norman on Bates ;) She's got a LOT of work to do over there haha
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Totally dislike Greg and Tamara and whole HQ thing because it's crazy to have "Hardcore no-magic extremists jumping into a *magic* portal" - G & T & Henry are the only three people in town not born in FTL and likely to survive the magic diamond. On the other hand, if Gold and Regina are now provisionally "good" or at least allies, we have to have someone to be the villain(s) in S3. But if HQ is in another land, how has Tamara been communicating with them? Maybe Henry will destroy all magic, everywhere, which is why HQ is sending him to another land?

Just because someone in Neverland wants Henry (a century before he's born), why assume G&T, or the pirate ship, are going to Neverland? What if they end up in FTL or some other land? Not that I really want to see more of Phillip, Aurora or Mulan.

Notice that Bae and Hook (and Smee) all escaped Neverland. It can be done.

I don't think Emma and Neal belong together. But Hook is scum, no matter how cute the actor.

What are Emma's magical powers, and what is the price she has to pay for them? The "sex is magic" framework has been suggested by SciFi authors.



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Yeah...I think there is a chance for Greg and Tamara making sense.

So...we have this "office", well informed about magic and ruled by god, judging Rumple's words. We know they want to erradicate magic...
The thing is...What if they know about the shadow of neverland? The shadow that has been capturing boys for centuries. Is it more important to stop the shadow than to stop the magic of storybrooke? And...if this "office" knows that Henry is the boy the shadow is looking for? Well, so maybe Greg and Tamara allow themselves to enjoy a little bit of magic in order to stop it, right? Blergh. What do you guys, think?

Okay...You know what would be nice? That the useless camuflage spell wasn't only a camuflage spell, but the instructions to find the damned dagger. It seems the sort of thing Rumple would do as he thinks he is going to die, and Bae is dead. Bad idea? They suck as a pair, true, but that would be interesting.

On Henry's plot. Okay. He is still annoying, just for the record. Anyway, I bet Henry's going to turn the good Peter Pan, and defeat the evil shadow and is going to free the lost kids. Whatever more lame crap. The only thing they do in OUAT is to increase Henry's importance. Henry is already sort of heir to the "Enchanted Forest throne", to the "Evil Queen" and to the "Dark One", and even Hook is already all cheesy, coz he is son of Neal. Honestly, Blergh to Henry. Emma and Neal are so cool, but he clearly took after his grandparents Snow and Charming. Blergh, again
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Two snogging scenes between Belle and Gold?! Damn near lost my dinner! Also the greased watermelon comment had me lol-ing for several minutes (in the actual sense of the phrase as opposed to a small smile).
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Great review Lily! Not going to echo most of the stuff that as already been said here, but I agree that this season has been pretty WTF, which is sad because I have seen so many plot openings that sadly haven't been used....yet, at least. Let's hope Season 3 puts some of them to use. Here's something that's been bothering me, on the other hand: Hook's ship. No way in hell is that even a plausible pirate ship, it's all too small, tidy and brightly colored. OUAT need to sit down with the Pirates of the Caribbean prop and set crew before season 3. Oh, and speaking of PotC: Hook adressing Emma as "Miss Swan" is funny and I'm almost certain the writers are keeping it onboard as a nod to the movies (being Disney and all).
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Oh and i believe Emma stopped the trigger so fast because she is pure magic, she has the most powerful type of magic in her. Go Emma!!!!
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I love this season as much as the first one and i definitely love this season finale, it´s like a bomb of new stories coming up it was so entertainment and heartwarming episode with so much good stuff on it every second was so worth it to watch and is so exciting that our favorite characters are aboard and heading to Neverland all together to save Henry, Tamara and Greg don´t know what Henry´s family is willing to do to save him. Kidnapped Henry = Worst Idea Ever!!!!

1.- Is understandable for her and her situation with accepting she has magic and she can used willingly.
2.- I think half or more...
3.- He has a shadow so i have no idea why they want him but i perceived that they considerer Henry as a threat. Remember what the seer say about him " He is more than it appears to be". oh oh....
4.- She is a secundary character.
5.- I´m glad she is not Lacey anymore, but he kind of left her in charge :)
6.- they are gatting part of a big plot i think.
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most hilarious review ever. love it!
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Great review, as usual. Keep them coming next season, will you?
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I thought this finale was an epic failure! In my opinion, it had a LOT of WTF moments:
- Emma's idea to use magic came completely out of nowhere since they barely talked about her powers all season long. It was like "oh, didn't I have powers or something that nobody knew what it was?? Oh ok maybe I can give the most powerful witch of the world a hand" --> seriously???
- Neil wasn't dead after all, yeah I kinda figured that out since he "died" in that dumb portal. Oh and he's rescued by Mulan and Aurora, Fairy Tale Land is reeeeally small apparently!
- the love scenes between Belle and Gold were completely emotionless, I didn't feel a thing when they finally brought back Belle or when they had to leave each other for good. Bad acting guys
- the whole thing around Henry was kinda good but not finale cliffhanger worthy and I hate how they travel back and forth between dimensions like that, it kinda felt like a disappearing-island-Lost-moment
- Greg and Tamara were the worst villains ever
- Where the hell was Ruby????? and Gorge Garcia???
- Those special effects where the forest eats Storybrooke were veeery bad, even for OUAT!!
- Are we even gonna see Storybrooke next year? Since all the important characters went to get Henry

This season was really disappointing for me, the first half with Cora was good but the second part with Neil's comeback and Tamara was basically a mess.
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Oh, and I forgot to say, about Philip - I don't think there was any time warping involved, unless I'm totally missing something here. The last time we saw them, didn't Mulan and Aurora say something about how they'd figured out a way to get Philip back, or something? I kind of just assumed that they, well, did.
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Phillip was that beast on fire that Cora turned him into to wander the land setting fires. Episode 11 of season 2 where Mulan and Belle go to kill the beast but Belle ends up pouring water on him and he turns back into Phillip.
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Yeah, I know, but that was in a flashback. In the current time - I think it was just after Emma and Snow went back to Storybrooke - they said something about finding a way to get Philip back from being all wraith-i-fied.
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Please, please let us be done with Greg and Tamara. Then I think Season 3 could very well be awesome. It has potential to be awesome, anyway, if the writers manage to not screw it up.

There seemed to be some implication that Greg and Tamara are actually working for Pan and just don't know it - which would maybe mean that there is no magic-hating organization (unless Pan hates magic, which seems weird) and they're just being manipulated. I would be totally okay with that - it's certainly better than ACTUALLY having some magic-hating initiative. I just don't want Greg and Tamara hanging around in tandem with that. At all. Maybe they can get killed in the S3 premiere, as soon as they hand Henry over and it's revealed they're really working for Pan.

I would be totally okay with spending a ton of S3 in Neverland. Creepy Pan, Hook/Gold/Regina/the Charmings working together, all of Hook's history there, and scary mermaids! Maybe we will run into Ariel the man-eating mermaid!

I was kind of disappointed that Belle got left behind in Storybrooke, because otherwise, we could've just sworn off Storybrooke altogether for S3. Unfortunately, leaving her behind makes me think the writers will try to do stuff with Storybrooke in S3, and I just can't see what they could have going on there right now that would be at all interesting. The only people there I'm even vaguely interested in are Belle, Archie, and Ruby, and let's be honest, none of those characters have great track records when it comes to generating interesting storyline on their own.

Honestly, I feel like they could come up with better stuff in FTL with Aurora, Neal, Philip, and Mulan. (Maybe Neal could hook up with one of them and we can forget about his and Emma's supposed true-forever love?) Seriously tho, didn't they set up some interesting stuff about what's going on in FTL back in the early part of S2? Like it's all messed up now or something because of the curse? Am I making that up/is it just wishful thinking? Because that's a route they could go for them.

Overall, it was actually a pretty exciting finale, considering what most of this season has been like. I loved Hook's back story with Bae. Let's have more flashbacks with child Bae next season, please, that kid is awesome. I'm definitely excited for next season, which is surprising, given how I felt just a few episodes ago. Lost had some crappy early seasons and then regrouped and pull it together, hopefully OUAT can do that here too.
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Maybe Pan's pissed about the whole shadow thing?
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Best Review Ever, Lilly! Clapclapclapclapclapclapclap!
Regarding #4: I think the Blue Fairy has a mean streak. Even though she's supposed to be a 'good' character, I always feel like she gets a kick out of relaying bad news to the other characters. Like a high school meangirl who gets a rush from quietly messing with people's heads. My take is that she CAN lend a hand in times of trouble, but just doesn't feel like it. :)
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After watching the finale again I have a theory that Henry is Peter Pan, and the Peter's shadow is just looking for his body. Perhaps time works very differently in Neverland as they have alluded to before, because that would certainly make things interesting
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Then why would the Lost Guy say in the end "Peter pan never fails"?
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I don't know, it's just a crackpot idea. Perhaps he refers to the shadow as Peter even though he is only a shadow.
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Hmm, interesting. That would make sense, because in the original story, isn't Pan's shadow very trouble-making on his own? So the shadow of Pan might be evil because he's separated from Pan himself. Or something.
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Totally what I was thinking, because Henry is so "good" and the shadow "evil". They might even each other out you never know
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I think the writers forgot all about the Blue Fairy and just left the least important character behind, Belle. I'm also pretty excited about Season 3 right now and I didn't even like Season 2 so much. But that finale was really good. I wish they'd put so much effort into every episode.
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I was looking forward to your review more than the actual episode, and the only thing that would have changed it were Henry hugging Regina and some Emma/Regina interaction....well hello finale - I got both :-D !
That said your review is amazing and entertain as always...you ask the questions that need asking and point out the things that need pointing out.
Answers:
1) yes, I would have liked if Emma suggested she try and help Regina but she's human and it was great to see Snow being pro-Regina so I can live with it.
4) Honestly, I have no idea...I would like to see her help.
5) I'm not a Rumbelle shipper but I'm guessing they would want them to be together as much as we want SwanQueen to be so, for them, I would have liked to see her go along.
6) I had no intention of watching season 3 until the Henry hugging Regina & the Emma and Regina scenes happened. I'm not making the mistake of buying into anything any writer hits at or implies ever again...every season 3 episode will be determining if I watch the next.
Even it I don't watch I will be keeping an eye on your reviews though ;)
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Okay, The finale was epic, it's always epic and will probably always be epic, because the writers save everything for the last episode. LOL! Anywho, in answer to Lily's review questions...

Did it sort of take Emma way too long to attempt magic?

Probably, but the writers needed an ace up their sleeve for the finale. Come on, Emma and Regina working together and actually becoming friends seems like a cool idea.

How much of Season 3 do you predict will be spent in Neverland?

At least half of it. Probably the Little Mermaid lives in Neverland. Remember what Hook said about the Mermaid's songs taking Sailors? But what the hey, let's be concerned that the Peter Pan shadow is collecting children for a paedophile sex ring or something. I'm very concerned about these poor kids.

Why do the Lost Ones want Henry? Is Henry missing a shadow, has anyone noticed?

Maybe Henry can put Peter Pan's shadow back and that's why they want to kill him. They said Baelfire wasn't the boy they were looking for so he gets to live. So they want to kill Henry. But come on, the Lost ones are just so Emo, it'll be fun them attacking the Charmings, Hook, Rumple and Regina with emo music and depressing clothes.

The Blue Fairy: Why does she never lend a hand in times of trouble?

She's pure lazy? Come on, she could have done her delivering herself, but Grumpy had to bring the potion? Also, she got her magic reputation already so she's just like "I'll just kick back and ride the magical kudos I've already got. I don't need to do anything else"

Are you angry that Mr. Gold left Belle behind, or just relieved she's not Lacey?

I'm extremely glad that Bell is no longer Lacey, but I do get the feeling that she's going to start figuring out exactly how she was acting as Lacey, and probably need therapy with Archie until Rumple gets back. LOL! But I do wish she had gone with them. I mean Belle doesn't know any magic, how is she supposed to cast this spell again?

Tamara and Greg: Have these plot coupons expired, or will “HQ” beam them some new storylines for Neverland?

I wish their plot coupons would expire, but I get the feeling they're gonna get some storylines next season, and that they're here to stay.

What did you think of the finale and the season overall?

It wasn't SOOO bad. Some of it was frustrating. But the finale made up for it. However now I'll have to wait until.... next year for the next season? I think? I can't think when it came out last year. But we get more Hook. Gotta love his guyliner. More Rumple, gotta love him period. Hopefully more charming family/Regina friendship which I'm totally down with. Possible Baelifire, because while Neal has generally been a douche, I like Baelfire, the guy that's willing to risk everything to do the right thing.
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I loved Hook in season 2! Always had a soft spot for him, and lets face it...he is yummy...
I really, really, REALLY hated Tamara and co. Getting a bit irritated with Charming and Snow at this stage. LOVED the Neverland plot and thank goodness because it saved the show! (last three episodes before the finale really sucked)
Looking forward to our six favorites on their way to scary mermaids and hot lost boys. I thinking Emma might look in Hooks direction next season....the looooove boat. (:
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Reasons i STILL watch OUAT:
- Lara Parrilla is one of the best actresses in tv. Regina/the Evil queen is the only great character in this story
- HOOK! (not because of the story, not because of his acting skills, just because! LOL)
- the hope that someday snow notices how "so-not.interesting-and-dumb" charming is, and leave him!
- And now because of the peter pan plot! Its really dark and might become really interesting!
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Maybe we'll get to watch Hook flirt with Snow and Emma while Charming glowers? Regina could be the cruise director. But would Gold play Isaac the bartender or Bernie the doctor? Hmm...
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Don't even joke about that Lily. The destruction of HalloweenLand would be a terrible tragedy. Also how annoying did Snow look sailing away on that ship Charming was trying to sail and there she was clinging to him with all her might. Obviously Snow has some phobia of the water, someone should have told this to Regina when she was still trying to kill her. Another also whats the bet next season in Neverland we will meet Ariel?
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This sophomore season was not that great but it has really good ideas (Emma and Snow on the Fairytale land; Cora's arc; August and Bae return; the Manhattan episode; the darker iteration of Neverland). I really like that last episode for humanizazing the Hook's character and the ending is promising actually.
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The sophomore season, to me, was sort of wobbly in terms of solid progressing storylines. We had to suspend our disbelief A LOT, which I usually excel at but this season had more downs than ups and it was difficult to keep watching every week. I mean, August being turned into a kid, the Blue Fairy being shit at her job (glad I'm not the only one seeing this), the push and pull of Regina's personality (seriously, writers, make up your mind), and the dropping of Mulan and co for like half a season after they served their purpose, Belle being hurt time and time again only to get to Rumple (she deserves better!!)... one can only take so many "conveniences". Also, I hope Tamara and Greg were dropped off into the ocean when they jumped through that portal, and drowned. I'm pretty sure HQ is imaginary and they're just two hallucinating psychos. For something that's supposed to be secret, they sure talk about it ad nauseam. However, the addition of Hook and the flashbacks of Bae were a joy to behold. I'm really intrigued by this version of Peter Pan! Though I'm not sure whether I like Neal (I can't help but like only his past self) and Emma's present storyline... that "I <3 U" seemed way too forced on Emma's behalf. Besides, he left her, again. Why don't you let her make her own choices, dude? Stop making them for her! I need some Captain Swan bonding next season. Contrary to Neal, their chemistry is so good! (also: the bean being the starting point and Emma stealing it from him and Hook then giving it back to her to save all of Storybrooke - but let's be real, Emma - was so well done. Also: eyesex) But anyways, besides those last episodes, I really liked Cora's arc and Snow's potential for darkness. Not as well-executed as I'd hoped but good nevertheless. Overall, looking back on it now, there were some great moments and plot twists in season 2 in hindsight but I don't think I'll be rushing to the store to buy the dvd box and watch it another time.
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Yeah, I'm all for Emma and Hook. Besides, how awesomely awkward would that be when Neal finds out? Oh, yes, I stole your mother away from your father...and now I'm stealing Emma from you. Ha.
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And he would fit right into that crazy family! If Neal were to find out, he'd see Hook as his wannabe stepfather :p
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I would hope one have to suspend ones belief when watching this show. Its a show about fairy tales not the Civil War.
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Yeah but I mean in the sense of how unlikely things are going. I mean, I have noticed that it's a show that deals with magic :p It's just that sometimes the writers' decisions don't make sense at all and the plot holes are hard to look past.
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As much as I hated Hook becoming one of the good guys, which was plain to see all season, Peter Pan as a villain is such an awesome idea!! Too bad this episode was still as boring and cheesy as the rest of the season. Think I am done with this show. Like Heroes, Prison Break and Lost before it, this show is going to be a Great First Season! type of show. Well, if they do play into the Regina-Emma sexual lesbian lovers story, I will totally be back.
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