Run: October 23, 2011-Present
Created by: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Prod. Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman, David H. Goodman
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery
Starring:Ginner Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared S. Gilmore, Michael Socha, Robert Carlyle, Sean Maguire, Georgina Haig, Elizabeth Lail, Elizabeth Mitchell, Scott Michael Foster, Kristen Bauer van Straten, Lee Arenberg, Beverley Elliott, Patrick Fischler, Timothy Webber, Victoria Smurfit, Merrin Dungey, Faustino Di Bauda, Christie Laing, Rebecca Mader, Raphael Alejandro, Eion Bailey, Abby Ross
First time reviewing/recapping an episode of Once Upon a Time! I had wanted to review OUAT for a while, but I fell behind a couple episodes and I didn’t want every show I review to start more than half way through the season. However, I like reviewing season finales to get a taste of the show and get an idea of what you all think and then hopefully I can start reviewing next season from the beginning.
So, Once Upon a Time has a history for having some crazy season finales and they definitely did not disappoint last night. This episode, oh boy, it was a rollercoaster from beginning to end. First, The Author changed the entire story.
Everything was backwards! Snow and Charming were evil, Hook wasn’t the captain, Gold was a brave knight and was married to Belle, and Robin and Regina were both thieves competing with one another, while he was set to marry Zelena.
However, as grim as it looked at some points, this is Once Upon a Time! Good always wins, Henry’s been saying that since season one. And he was right, they defeated The Author and things went back to normal. When The Author changed the story and gave himself a happy ending, he broke the rules and was no longer “The Author”. It turns out, Henry is the new Author and was able to use his magic to restore Storybrooke to how it was supposed to be.
But this is a Once Upon a Time season finale, and in true OUAT style, things turned horribly, horribly wrong in the last five minutes. As everyone is celebrating their return to normal (which includes Lily staying in Storybrooke and Robin and Regina going for an adorable moonlit walk), Belle bursts in a says that Rumple’s heart is almost gone and when that happens all that will remain in The Dark One. Of course that’s all that will remain. And of course it happens now. This show is supposed to have happy endings!
They remove the darkness from his heart and put a spell on him to make sure he doesn’t die before they can figure out how to help him. However, the darkness cannot be contained and escapes. While Snow and Charming run after it, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice tells Emma and Hook that the only way to defeat the darkness is by finding the sorcerer, Merlin (I’ll get to my reaction on that in just a second).
As the darkness tries to surround Regina, Emma says she has waited too long to get her happy ending and binds the darkness to herself using the dagger. In the last scene we see the dagger now contains the name ‘Emma Swan’.
Alright, where do I start? The whole thing where the characters were reversed in the alternate world? Loved it! That was so fun to watch and I can only imagine how fun it was to be the actors and actresses suddenly getting to switch roles. I also loved the bit with Henry becoming the next Author and how he snapped the pen. I know a lot of people felt he was kind of useless this season and, despite not being as involved this season, I have to disagree. Henry spent the first three seasons being a pivotal character (especially during the Peter Pan arc), I thought it was about time to give the kid a bit of a break and focus on some other things. Besides, with his mother now The Dark One, imagine the arc he’s going to have in season five!
But those last ten minutes… oh man…
The thing I love about Once Upon a Time is that it can be cheesy and predictable, but it does it in a way that works. When Emma decided to let the darkness take her and Killian ran over, everyone watching knew she was going to tell him she loved him. She hadn’t said it, she had evaded those very words only a few minutes prior. But I didn’t feel like it was wasted. I didn’t feel like it was cheesy or overdone. It worked, as these things typically do on this show.
As I was watching it I was just sitting back going, “Of course! Of course this has to happen! A season focused on happy ending cannot have a happy ending!” She just forgave her parents, and Henry was happy, and she was getting along with Regina, and she told Hook she loved him! And now she’s The Dark One.
Now, I can’t end this review without talking about Merlin. I was a little confuse at first, but I’ve learned to just role with the unexpected on this show. And, while unexpected, Merlin is a welcome addition. I love Arthurian/Merlin legends and will watch/read pretty much anything I can get my hands on that involves this stuff so I am definitely excited to see what is going to happen with that in the next season.
Honestly, I loved the season finale. I was definitely left with a lot of questions though. Where did Emma go? What’s going to happen to Hook now? What are they going to tell Henry? Will Robin and Regina get a happy ending? What about Zelena?
So many questions and so many months to wait until season five
What did you think of “Operation Mongoose”? What do you think is going to happen in season five? Thoughts on Merlin?
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