Once Upon a Time Review: Keeping the NIghtmares Away

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Who knew that the thought of making it to "Tallahassee" could make someone so happy?

For the first time in her life, Emma Swan thought she would have a real home, made with a person she loved. Instead, she ended up with a broken heart, a prison record and a baby she didn't know what to do with. Emma went from expecting the dream to living a nightmare.

Swan Diving

It was such a shame. Emma and Neal has some nice chemistry as thieves on the run. Of course, with a price on Neal's head, starting a new life in Tallahassee would have been almost impossible.

But it did leave me with some questions. What was in the box that August showed Neal? The book wouldn't have shocked him into submission like that. Why was it necessary to send Emma to prison to make her destiny come true and how did August know that was the path on which he should send her? Could he see the future?

Knowing that this story would end with a prison term for Emma made her happiness as the more painful to watch.

Over in the present day fairy tale world, Emma was on to another adventure: climbing the beanstalk with Hook. 

Emma's first priority was Henry. If she didn't make it back down, she wanted to make sure that Snow made it back to Storybrooke to take care of her grandson.  Certainly a noble instinct, but Snow wasn't about to leave without her daughter, even if she had to climb that beanstalk and fight a giant herself.

The big question for Emma was whether Hook should be trusted. I didn't blame her for distrusting him. First, he's a mercenary pirate, most likely to go with whomever will pay him the most and I'm sure Cora won't make it easy to turn her down.

Second, Emma doesn't trust her own instincts. She was in love with Neal. She trusted him and not only did he leave her, he set her up to go to prison. It's no wonder Emma's heart is so wounded.

Jorge Garcia made quite the giant. He was equal parts ominous and sympathetic. We can only hope he didn't get hungry and make a snack out of Hook.

Leaving Hook behind in the lair of the giant, even for 10 hours, may have made him a dangerous enemy instead of an ally. I can't imagine that won't come back to haunt her some time soon.

Speaking of haunting, that's one scary dream that's going around. That Aurora has it as a side effect of her sleeping sickness is one thing - but Henry having the same dream bodes of something far darker.

So who do you think the scary eyes behind the curtains of fire in the enclosed red room belong to and why are they watching? What further nightmares are about to descend on Once Upon a Time?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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I really want to see more of Neal. When does he get to Storybrooke. I like the chemistry between Hook and Emma but who can respect a man that flirts with mother and daughter. I truly hope that Neal is Baelfire. My cousin and I are dying to see what happens when Neal finds out he has a son. Also, when will Pinocchio and his father reunite?


I'm a Hook fan too. Ever since he appeared in his first episode I was sold over and I hope he gets his revenge on the dark one. For me Regina and Rumple are totally unredeemable. I don't care how sympathetically the writers try to portray them; but back to Hook, I agree he and Emma together is intriguing. I didn't like Emma's boyfriend. He looks kinda dirty like he didn't shower for a while.


I love Hook and Emma together!!! Would love to see more of these two and hopefully he can be a romantic interest for Emma!


i m so hooked with hook and swan..
in the end i was just craving for them more. don't know but i really dont like Neal and never liked August. after this episode i don't think i will ever like him again


enjoying all the comments, thanks everyone...............still not sold on the Neal - Bael thought though. I going with Peter Pan etc........... It's been mentioned a few times that possibly it was Rump's dagger that was in the box...not sure how that would happen .... Rump has always been in possesion of the dagger, he had it in Storybook and Storybrooke....remember he dug it up with August when he mistakenly thought August was Bael...he told August he had buried it as he was afraid 'someone' (Regina) might find it in his shop....is the speculation that August stole the dagger from Rump and then put it back after?
I love how the writers minds work.........I envy them completely!!! Love the show.


theories galore. lets not forget that henry ate the poisoned apple which is based on the same sleeping curse as the one used on aurora. they obviously are looking at each other but what does the room represent? the only thing that we have seen so far that comes to mind is the room with all the portals that jefferson and regina enter through the hat in "hat trick". i think neal is either peter pan or baelfire but im leaning towards baelfire for now. that would be a twist if henry turned out to be gold's grandson. gold and regina would be related lol, delicious! if neal is a fairyland person then the book would be all he needs to convince him of who emma is, especially if he is rumple's son. but why did august keep the money? the kid really has conscience issues. why didnt they just cut down the beanstalk so hook couldnt follow them? major mistake on the girls part. it was interesting to watch this episode. i didnt know how an episode without storybrooke would work but it did. one of my favorite episodes and i am rooting for the happier emma to come back. she needs to smile more


I think when Henry was relating to Charming his nightmare, he had heard it before, like when Snow asked Aurora what her nightmare was, she had a strange expression, which made me think that she had the same nightmare. Anyway, awesome episode! Answered a LOT of questions and opened new ones... makes you watch more.


The nightmare was kinda creepy, Aurora said that 'HE was looking right at me' while Henry said 'SHE was looking right at me' could they be looking at EACH OTHER? It's the only thing that makes sense to me at this point. Maybe the red room is some kind of portal or something? I don't know, just speculating. . .


Tinkerbell was in the box? Small, makes you believe in magic. Neal being Peter Pan would fit in nicely then. And makes the Charmings in-laws with Gold if he's also Rumple's son.


Neal as Baelfire wouldn't be very old IF he was also Peter Pan. Emma asked about Neverland when they were in the motel room brainstorming where to move, which might make sense if Neal spent time there and then told stories to Emma about it as if they were just stories. Neal as Peter Pan would nicely relate to Emma as a "lost girl". Could it be a magic bean in the box? Or that drawing of the dagger?

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