Another Sunday, another epic episode of Once Upon A Time! To make matters even better, HOOK! I’m not sure about the rest of the OUAT viewers, but I was thrilled to see the addition of this character! Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories, so it’s no doubt that I loved this episode. I’ll admit, I started dozing off in the middle, but the episode soon had a turn around with that shocking ending! Captain Hook, Cora, and Charming’s biceps? Perfect.
The Fairytale World:
By now, it has become obvious that there are many other worlds in this show. One in particular, the land that Rumplestiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) son got transported to, earlier in season one. We are brought back to the days before Rumple was known as the Dark One. We get to see his wife, and even better? Hook (Colin O’Donoghue)! We come to realize just how ashamed Rumple’s wife really was of him, when she decides to leave on a ship with Hook. Rumple could have saved her, but he was too cowardly to face him. The writers have made it obvious that cowardliness is Rumple’s achilles heel, and I love how they’ve based his whole character around it. Fast forward a few some-odd years post Bae and the beanstalk. Now, Rumple is the Dark One and ready to fight with Hook, but has come to realize that his wife left him purposefully to be with her true love, Hook. This doesn’t float too well with Rumple and he ends up killing her, and leaving Hook… With a hook. It all ties together! But keeping Hook alive has fueled his anger for who knows how long. This is where it gets a tad bit confusing. Hook, and his crew, get transported to Neverland… But when the curse takes place? Hook is stuck in the Enchanted Forest, because Storybrooke rejected him? Not sure why, but having him stuck with Cora for decades cannot be good on a man’s mind.
Meanwhile in Storybrooke, we get tons of Belle (Emilie De Ravin) screentime! Well, Belrumple (not sure if that’s the official ship name for Belle and Rumple, let’s just go with it!) are having a bit of issues. Rumple’s use of magic and his lies being the main reason for it. This leads Belle to explore town a bit, have her first iced tea, and get kidnapped. She is kidnapped by an unlikely person: her father. Yet, he pulls a move that I was definitely not expecting! After her father found out that Belle had fallen in love with Rumple, he felt he had no choice but to throw her across the Storybrooke border, erasing her memory. Lucky for her, Charming (Josh Dallas), Ruby (Meghan Ory), and Rumple come to the rescue! That doesn’t let Rumple, or her father, off that easy, though! Belle makes it very clear that she doesn’t want anything to do with either of them, which is completely understandable… But after Rumple finally opens up about his past, and his reasons for bringing magic back to the town, she inevitably invites him for a hamburger. Awww. Favorite couple (Besides Snow and Charming) right there! I have to admit, although this whole ordeal was cute, and brought a new perspective to Rumple’s situation, it was a tad boring… Yet, Emilie De Ravin’s presence on screen is captivating, as well as her chemistry with Robert Carlyle.
I really enjoyed this episode! It was kind of slow in the beginning, and it was definitely missing Snow and Emma, but Once Upon A Time made up for it by introducing Hook! That was just an extraordinary addition that will for sure mix it up a bit! Plus, we come to realize that Hook, one of the big bads this season, is teaming up with Cora? The other big bad of the season? And to take down none other than Regina and Mr. Gold? I’m kind of nervous to see how this will lead, especially seeing as Mr. Gold and Regina are trying to change their dark ways… Will they be able to stand up against Hook and Cora when the time comes?
- Why did the curse reject a few people? (Hook, Cora, Mulan, etc.)
- Did Bae get transported to Neverland? Is he Peter Pan?
- Who is Dr. Whale? (I have an idea!)