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Once Upon a Time Review: True Love's Kiss

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"A Land Without Magic" showed us the truth behind true love's kiss and it was nothing that I predicted. And it wasn't only the magic that was full of surprises in Storybrooke, as love also popped up where I least expected it.

There were so many dramatic components to the Once Upon a Time season finale that it's difficult to know where to start - but I'll begin with my favorite dynamic duo.

A Land Without Magic Scene

No, it isn't Snow and Charming, it's Emma and Regina. For as much as they loathed one another I loved watching as they were forced to work together. Two such powerful women, compelled to strive together to save their son made for some great TV, especially since they'd rather kill one another.

As was evident in this Once Upon a Time quote, even when Emma was suddenly thrust into a world where a true love potion existed, she never lost her straight to the point approach:

Mr. Gold: I saved some for a rainy day.
Emma: Well it's storming like a bitch. Where is it? | permalink

So, Rumplestiltskin not only used some of his true love potion as a curse fail safe, he hid the rest in the dragon. That was a twist I didn't see coming. It also led to an awesome elevator. Honestly, the steampunk looking contraption was more interesting to me than all of the dragon footage combined. 

Emma did two things that seemed downright silly:

  1. Putting down the sword. Did she really think a few measly bullets could take down a dragon? A grenade launcher maybe, but a handgun. I don't think so. Plus, that was her father's sword. There had to be some significance in using it but perhaps that symbolism alluded her at that moment.
  2. She threw the egg up to Rumplestiltskin. Hadn't she been in Storybrooke long enough to learn that the two least trust worthy people were Regina and Mr. Gold? I know shoving it inside her leather jacket and climbing out wouldn't have been easy but it seemed like the better choice.

But as we learned with her trust in Sidney, there are times Emma can be naive.

It was wonderful to see some long lost characters come back to visit. The Huntsman (aka Graham) was a sight for sore eyes. Having him and Charming share the screen was simply a lovely dose of fairy tale eye candy that didn't last nearly long enough.

Finally, Regina's treatment of Jefferson came back to haunt her. There are only so many times you can pull the rug out from under someone before they retaliate. Jefferson might not have been able to do the deed himself but he knew who could and he knew the trigger to pull to make it happen.

Which led us to Belle. Who knew it would be so easy to spring her from her hospital prison? I did wish there had been a little more build up to her meeting with Rumplestiltskin. I had hoped he'd be the one to go and find her instead of Belle being sprung on him at such an odd moment.

Admittedly, they had me worried that Henry might actually be killed off. There would have been a twist. But in the end, true love's kiss was the purest of all.  I always thought it would have to do with Snow and Charming but I was happy to be wrong. It was a mother's love for her son. When Emma kissed Henry the curse was broken... sort of.

Although everyone remembered their past, no one was transported back to it. 

Which did give us the joy of not only watching Charming save Snow in the fairy tale world but also getting to witness David and Mary Margaret realize the truth of their love. The latter happened in the nick of time as I wondered what would happen to David as he attempted to drive out of town. 

The saddest moment of the entire episode was when Regina told Henry the following:

No matter what you think, no matter what anyone tells you, I do love you. | permalink

I felt for Regina because, in her own way, I believe that's true. No matter what her motives or methods, she loves Henry.

So with the end of the season most of our heroes have found true love while Regina has lost hers and in perhaps the scariest turn of events, Rumplestiltskin has brought magic to Storybrooke. Unpredictable, powerful, magic. And Regina is smiling. This just can't be good.

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Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

Yes. and its quite interesting that Blue Fairy just conveniently failed to mention that other way of breaking Dark One curse to Bae :)

Queenbee94

actually what i meant was that any other curse that was performed back in fairytale land, such as rumple becoming the dark one for example, would be able to be broken by a kiss from a parent or child of the subject of this curse. emma was linked to this one so naturally she was the one to break it. but that would mean all it takes to break any curse is just a kiss from a parent to their child.

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

also, i wonder, if true love's kiss can also be a kiss from a parent to their child or vice versa, wouldn't that mean that any fairytale character could have broken a curse by being kissed by their parent or child?
It had to be emma, since she is directly connected to the curse. IT also explains why we have seen Huntsman/Graham regain his memories when they kissed. What happened in this episode was already starting then, but Graham died way before it could escalate, reverting Emma to more denial with his death.

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

he really must have predicted it, like he was said to be able to in the pilot. but even then, how did he not see belle?
Because just like it is in most of cases in fairytales and myths and etc, he most likely CAN'T see his own future or those close to him. Thus Bae and Belle were shielded from his powers of seeing into future. And yeh, everything seemed to be pre-planned, down to the cellphones ringing just as Regina and Emma are about to chase down Gold.

Aurelia101

I have not read all the comments in detail, but it seems as if I'm (pretty much) alone in disliking the season finale. Everything happened so fast, with too many storylines so that each individual storyline didn't get the time it deserved. The Rumpelle reunion could have waited until next season. I was really looking forward to that, and having it thrown in with everything else going on gave me a feeling of anticlimax. And a dragon in Storybrooke? And Emma killing it by throwning a sword at it? It was just too much. I get that they had to throw in something dramatic like that, but it was just too weird.

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Continuing since I got cut off...doesn't say how much I can type...anyway Have to say seeing Rumple's plan come to pass was a credit to his genius. He entered the world where his son is and he brought his magic too...he got his cake and got to eat it too and in an unexpected twist he got icing on the cake...by getting Belle back. Why do I get the feeling that being locked up by Regina so long may have changed Belle a little bit...let's face it...her true love is the Dark One. I can see future episodes of Belle going after Regina for keeping her locked up...then again maybe I'm just remembering the drastic character change in Claire on Lost...crazy lady...lol. Oh and have to say...love Jefferson...mad hatter and total wild card. Now someone needs to go check on August!

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This was awesome. I did have a hunch that Emma herself would bring back Henry...I just got the way wrong...they've kept saying that Emma had magic in her...I thought her tears might bring him back but it was with a kiss. And it was evident that Rumple was banking on it as he told Belle she would remember him. One thing I've got to give this show...applause for getting it right...they wrapped up almost everything...Emma believed...the curse was broken...everyone remembered and at the same time set it up for a huge second season with magic entering our world. My biggest question going right now is whether this just means magic will be returned or if the citizens of Storybrooke will start reverting to their true forms...as in Jiminy Cricket actually being a cricket again etc...hope not...I like things the way they are as in the characters actually being human. Have to say seeing Rumple's plan come to pass was a credit to his genius. He entered the world where his son is and he brought his magic too...he got his cake and got to eat it too and in an unexpected twist he got icing on the cake...by getting Belle back. Why do I get the feeling that being locked up by Regina so long may have changed Belle a little bit...let's face it...her true love is the Dark One. I can see future episodes of Belle going after Regina for keeping her locked up...then again maybe I'm just remembering the drastic character change in Claire on Lost...crazy lady...lol. Oh and have to say...love Jefferson...mad hatter and total wild card. Now someone needs to go check on August!

Queenbee94

also, i wonder, if true love's kiss can also be a kiss from a parent to their child or vice versa, wouldn't that mean that any fairytale character could have broken a curse by being kissed by their parent or child? What easier way to get rid of Rumpelstiltskin's curse than a kiss from Bae then? Whether or not anybody knew this is a different question, although you would think the blue fairy could have told Baelfire this. The dragon may have been horribly animated but it didn't even bother me, because the plot was so intriguing. Also, since when is Sidney Glass in the mental hospital? Did i miss that?

Queenbee94

Loved the episode, but I was a little disappointed in the end - i thought we would get to see a glimpse of what's ahead in season 2... how storybrooke will be like now that rumpel released magic! will it transport everyone back to fairytale land or just give the characters their magical powers in their mortal form? or maybe something different altogether? if gold actually planned all of it he truly is a genius - knowing emma would come to town, jefferson would help regina, regina would try to poison her with an apple from fairytale land, henry would take it out of her hands at the right moment exactly and eat it instead, and that he would die just when emma and regina would go after gold - that seems a bit far-fetched for a man to know. he really must have predicted it, like he was said to be able to in the pilot. but even then, how did he not see belle?

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Such a amazing finale...Two of my favorites...(which is so hard to choose since I love every minute of this show)...Bella reuniting with Rumplestiltskin...Was so happy to see this and hope this will mean a lot of screen time for Emily DeRavin (sp?) next season...The other being shouldn't "true loves" kiss be between a Mother and Child? Of course and how appropriate the season finale was on Mothers Day!!!! Kudos to all involved in this wondrous piece of television...:)

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