Once Upon a Time Review: Start With Hope

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Hope is where happy endings begin, but that doesn't guarantee everyone will find theirs.

Such was the message on Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 6.

Ariel finally arrived on the scene when she rescued Snow White from drowning as she tried to escape the Evil Queen's men many years ago. The little mermaid was beautiful... and magical... and naive. And much like the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, she would not find her happy ending - but at least in this version she survives to continue to hope.

Ariel Looks Happy

Once again, the Evil Queen continued to impress me with her wickedness. Much as Snow told Ariel that even if Eric rejected her at least she'd know she tried, her nemesis took that knowledge away with her voice. Ariel would never be able to tell Eric she loved him and that may be the cruelest revenge.

Of course, leave it to Regina to call on Ariel the moment she needed something, despite what she'd inflicted on the mermaid.

But let's review the rest of the Neverland group first.

How much fun was it to watch Regina try to teach Emma how to control her magic? Hopefully Emma's right and there's another path to access her powers, but no one can deny that dark side actually works.

Peter Pan believed that the secrets the gang was hiding would be their undoing, so he placed Neal in a cave where only sharing their darkest secrets would save him. The deeper the lie the more truth in it's echo. And it turned out that everyone had something to share.

Starting with Hook who confessed to Emma that their kiss meant a lot more to him than it did to her. He hasn't felt anything like that since he lost Mila and he didn't think he'd ever feel it again. Until he met Emma Swan.

But before anyone had the chance to react to that heartfelt confession, Snow told Charming how disappointed she was that they missed Emma's life. Although it won't bring back all that they lost, she wants another baby with him.

Which left Charming with one of the bigger secrets to share. He finally told Snow about the Dreamshade and that taking the cure meant he can't leave Neverland. So if she wants another child, it most likely won't be with him.

Finally, Emma reached Neal but it took her own confession to set him free. Hers may have been the saddest of them all as she told him in this Once Upon a Time quote

I love you. I probably always will. But my secret is that I was hoping this was a trick. I was hoping you were dead because it would be easier to put you behind me than to face all the pain that we went through all over again.


Even when she set him free, Emma still appeared completely guarded and unsure. She's not ready to expose herself to that kind of hurt once again. The problem is that without making herself vulnerable, she'll have no hope of finding her happy ending.

Some of my favorite scenes were between Regina and Rumpelstiltskin. I loved that she was the one to show Rumpel he was getting played by Pan. If anyone knows about evil manipulation, it's Regina.

And Regina's right. If the Dark One and the Evil Queen can't take down a smug teenager, there is no hope. Plus, beating Pan doesn't have to mean killing him. There are fates worse than death, and these two are adept at finding them.

Which led Regina to call on Ariel. They needed to get something from Mr. Gold's shop and mermaids can jump realms. And how much fun were Regina's quips about calamri and Rumpel asking why she called on this particular mermaid.

Regina: We have history together.
Rumpelstiltskin: That would explain the distrustful look on her face.

So it looks like we're finally heading back to Storybrooke.

Have you missed it? Do you think Hook will fight for Emma or bow out gracefully? And do you doubt that Snow will find a way to make a baby with Charming on Once Upon a Time season 3?


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I disagree with most people who seem to think that Snow and Charming need to be parents to Emma before they 'try again' with a new baby. I think they need to realize they aren't parents to Emma, that ship sailed and she doesn't need parents, but they can be her friends (like before the curse was broken).


Why was my comment not added? Ok, one more try... After this episode, I really wonder if you can still call someone your true love when you wish him to die. Because you're to afraid to trust him.
Ariel was boring, so I hope we won't see much more of her OR she gets more interesting in the future.
Loved Regina and Rumple, as always. Their scenes have brought me a lot of fun since Season 1, so I'm really looking forward to their newest "project" ;-)


I was not that fond of the Ariel flashback but I also did not have high hopes for it only because Ariel is not in my top five favorite Disney princesses. I love Regina and Rumple scenes because I think they, along with Emma, powers can take down Peter Pan. I love Hooks confession the most and after that I do not think that Snow is on Swantheif anymore because she do not know how Neal hurt Emma. There was speculation going around about Snow confession long before this but I think that they should right their wrongs with their daughter before thinking about having another child and I think that they had cheated themselves about why they could not see her grow. I am finally glad that David secret is out and I think that the writers are rooting more for Captain Swan because we did not see Neal face or if he heard Hook confession but we seen Hook face on Emma confession. After that episode, I am sure that Neal will not be the love of her life because she wish he was dead. I also think that Peter Pan sees Rumple, Hook, and Emma as a threat to his grand plan because he ask Rumple and Hook to go home and take Emma with them.

Spindae 2o

It was a really rushed episode. A lot of things happened and I´m not happy how Ariel´s story developt. Joanna did a solid job but I think it could´ve been handled better. Ariel Petrova was used as an easy plot device, to move the story around and back to storybrooke. The delight of the episode was Regina´s and Rumple´s interaction. She really kicked his as*. The Echo cave was just a push over to make great impact and curve the stories along and move relationships. And I´m still routing for Captain Swan. Poor Hook. 1 Question unanswered : Where the Heck is Tinker? 1 ep missing okay but 2??


Not too sure how I feel about the whole Snow and Charming "trying" again. It feels as if they ARE wanting to erase Emma. Although Emma is grown up and they DID miss out on all of her growing up, she still needs parental figures and support. With Snow and Charming having another child, it will sway away from them mending all the hurt that has been caused by this curse. Having another child will not fix anything, it will only increase the tension. Plus, why do I want to see Snow and Charming be parents to a baby, when Emma is right there?? We haven't gotten much parenting and guidance from the the two of them towards Emma, and she's needed it. She's so closed off because of her past. The only way she'll be able to mend all of that and move on is if she and her parents begin to be a family--which they aren't. They might SAY they're family, but there hasn't been many (if any) scenes showing that. We've seen Emma being a mother to Henry, Neal being a father to him as well, and Charming and Snow being his grandparents, but between the four of them there's no relationships.
Can we focus on THESE relationships first?? Can we see actual mother-daughter scenes and father-daughter moments before bringing in another personality into the mix???

@ Adri

Dude I totally agree with you! Emma will feel replaced and even more hurt if her parents have another baby.


Killian's confession broke my heart. Neal's "I'm never going to stop fighting for you" made me laugh because two seconds ago, he was ready to move on with Tamara and the moment he realizes she's crazy, Emma all of a sudden becomes his"happy ending"? I find it really hard to understand or even feel for him when Hook has been trying so hard to do the right thing, including giving up his revenge and letting his mortal enemy on his ship to go to a land he had no desire to ever step foot in all for a woman he thinks will never love him.

@ kat

YES. A million yesses to this. How was Neal never going to stop fighting for her when he's never fought for her to begin with?
I almost shed a tear for Hook, realizing how vulnerable he was at that moment, and how much he's given up for Emma. Your comment is bang-on.

@ kat

After this episode I'm actually wondering if you can still call someone your true love when you wish him to die. Because you're too afraid of him to trust him (yet).
Ariel was kinda boring to me. So I hope she won't get much more screentime or gets more interesting in the future. Right now she seems to be a lame plot device. (Hey, we need someone who's able to travel between realms...)
LOVED Regina and Rumple together, as always. From season 1, these two and their various interactions brought me a lot of fun. Really looking forword to their new "project" ;-)


yes OUAT is bringing it my god

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Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

He has his reasons but it's a sure bet they're not good ones.


Regina: You're such a pathetic waste of ability.
Emma: And you're a monster.