Once Upon a Time Review: No Escape

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Once Upon a Time continued its best season yet by proving that it's hard to escape our "Nasty Habits" and that most of us feel lost sooner or later.

Rumpelstiltskin conjured another vision of Belle as he prepared to do battle with Peter Pan. She brought up an pleasant point of truth for the Dark One in this Once Upon a Time quote

A lifetime of craven self interest is a nasty habit that you've never been able to break. | permalink

But the truth was that Belle wasn't doing the talking, that's simply the voice in Rumpel's head. The one that tells him that one day his beloved Belle will leave him just as Neal did. Just as Mila did. Just like his father.

Peter Pan's New Plan

Yes, Rumpelstiltskin is indeed a lost boy in his own right and apparently his history with Peter goes back farther than anyone would have guessed. 

It was great to see Neal finally make his way to Neverland, but I found his first interaction with the Lost Boys frustrating.

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Unfortunately, he might not be the smartest man either. Why didn't he take that rope and tie an unconscious Felix up before running off, especially when he knew the primary Lost Boy would run to tell Pan the moment he woke up?

When Rumpel assumed his son was nothing more than a vision, it was Neal's "please Papa" that broke through the haze and broke my heart a little too. It felt as though everyone on Neverland has been more than a little wounded. Too bad that Pan's more than willing to take advantage of their vulnerabilities.

Which was exactly what happened when he told Neal of the prophecy. It would have been nice if Neal had believed in his father, but I could understand why he made the decision he did. As a parent, your first priority is to protect your child from anyone who could be a threat and the past has made Neal wary of his father.

It took Pan using the memory of Henry's "lost" parents to begin to turn the boy. Henry believes his father is dead and that he may never see his mothers again. Enough time has passed for him to be feeling a little lost without his family. 

I hated that Henry could finally hear the pipe music. I've always felt the Pied Piper was one of the scarier fairy tales. Linking Pan to the tale was an inspired twist. 

We didn't get much of Regina, except to deliver her brand of sarcastic humor. I hope that no matter what happens to the Evil Queen in the future she never loses that trait. It's far too much fun.

And poor Emma struggled to come up with a plan to find her son and get everyone out of Neverland... all the while mourning Neal. How sad that she only now allowed herself to admit that she's always loved him. 

I guess that won't help Hook's cause of winning over Miss Swan but as he told Charming…

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As usual, I liked how he stuck by Emma's side no matter what and that he's keeping quiet for Charming while still prompting him to be honest with his family. Despite his pirate ways, Hook seems to have developed a soft spot for Emma and her family.

So will Charming live or die? Will Hook make headway with Emma before she runs into Neal? And will Rumpel's history with Pan allow him to finally take the boy down on the next Once Upon a Time.


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Spindae 2o

I´m honestly not a fan of Pan but everything around him happening is awesome. The Rumple/Neal scenes were amazing. I really hoped Neal would trust his Dad. But that would be the easy way out. Either way it was a stupid decision to walk away from Rumple. The Charming stuff is boring as always, they are always missing give him right progress. Always the Prince never the Hero. I can´t wait for the Hook hookup it´s long overdue. And how will the next episode transfer to the Ariel, will Hook fall down the hill and be saved by her? This Season is OMG!


this one show was so good. i love how they are making pan so dark and evil
i hope they let us see the back story of peter pan and how he get to neverland
and how he and tinker bell saw each other and how he gotten so dark and evil


HAHA!! Awesome.. Who would of thought that Peter Pan would be the master manipulator, sociopathic antagonist? Brilliant decision to link him to the Pied Piper... one of the creepiest fairy tales EVER


I was actually quite annoyed by the fact that all it took to turn Henry was a bit of sleep and hearing Neal's voice. Seriously? Shouldn't the one with the heart of the truest believer be a bit more confident when it comes to his parents? On the other side, Neal acted like an idiot. He didn't tie Felix up. He somehow forgot he could never make it through the jungle on his own when Pan is on his heals. He wasn't even able to think straight - if Rumple wanted Henry dead, he would've killed him right on the spot. AND after all these years he spent in Neverland, he of all people should know how Pan manipulates people.


I feel really bad for snow because charming hasn't told her the truth and she can't be there for emma! Oh and charming will live because know if they kill him this show is doomed


I think that Charming should get a second chance to live. I think that Neal would be too late to win Enma back. I also think that Runplr would take down 1 of the lost boys( Felix).


I like that Rumple and Peter Pan story goes back further but I was hoping that they could have done a bigger twist and state they are brothers. I am glad that Henry is turning into a lost boy because it will make him more interesting. I am glad that Tinkle told them that before they can save Henry that they need an exit plan. I cannot wait for the Captain Swan kiss next week and it looks like David wants to ruin it.

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Once Upon a Time Quotes

True love isn't easy but it must be fought for because once you find it, it can never be replaced.

Prince Charming

Be careful. Love is a weapon, Deary. The most dangerous weapon of all which means the pain you should worry about isn't the kind inflicted by a broken sword but the kind that comes from a broken heart.