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Once Upon a Time Review: A Strange Reunion

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Our intrepid crew from Neverland returned to Storybrooke and everyone celebrated Henry's return on Once Upon a Time this week.

Unfortunately, they weren't actually celebrating it with Henry.

Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 10 gave us many reunions, but not all were what I expected.

Welcome Back to Storybrooke

Let's start with the best:

Belle was finally reunited with Mr. Gold and it wasn't an illusion or a dream. It was the real thing, as she told Gold in this Once Upon a Time quote

Belle: I told you I'd see you again.
Mr. Gold: That's the last time I don't listen to you.

Well, that's a step in the right direction. Hopefully we get to see a lot more of these two together now that they're back in Storybrooke. 

Even Regina had her moment when Mary Margaret made sure the town knew that they couldn't have saved Henry and made it back without her. 

But that's where some of the strangeness began. Emma was quick to pick up on something being off with Henry, especially when he had no reaction to his prized storybook that brought them together. 

However, it was easy for anyone to write off Henry snubbing his biological mom. He'd been through such a trauma that being with the mother who raised him made perfect sense…and unfortunately Regina needed his love so much that she fell for all of it. 

I was still left with several questions. Why did Pan have the Shadow kill the Blue Fairy? Not that I minded. She was pretty darn cold with Tinkerbell. But was her death simply a way to rile everyone up and get into Regina's vault or was there another reason he targeted her? 

I did like that Regina tried to help Tinkerbell. It appears she really is trying do the right thing. We'll see how long it lasts.

I didn't expect Emma to give Neal the cold shoulder as much as she did, although I don't really blame her. When a guy lets you do prison time for his crimes, that can be hard to get over no matter what the reason. 

And Hook took the high road once again as he decided to step aside and let Henry's parents have a chance at a reconciliation…

For the sake of the boy, I'll let his parents have a fair shot without a devilishly handsome pirate standing in the way.

Hook
 

Of course, trying to drown his sorrows with a roll in the hay with Tink may have tarnished my esteem a bit, but for a devilishly handsome pirate I suppose it's understandable. And I am happy that he hasn't given up on Emma completely. It sounds more as though he's simply biding his time to make sure she's done with Neal. 

The most disappointing reunion of the night was Ariel and Eric. Not that I had a lot invested in their relationship but it felt as though it was thrown in just to tie up a loose thread in the story and was dropped just as quickly. 

Jumping back to the fairy tale past for just a moment, I don't always like these flashbacks but I enjoyed this one. 

First off, it reminded me just how spunky Snow White can be. I'm afraid we don't always see that side of her in Mary Margaret. 

Charming took their excursion to grab Medusa's head on their honeymoon better than I expected. 

I fell in love with you on a troll bridge after you robbed me and hit me over the head with a rock. I knew what I was getting myself into.

Charming

Thankfully, Snow figured out that she was ruining her own happiness far more than Regina could. I was also grateful to see her defeat Medusa as I've always found her to be one of the scarier monsters in mythology. 

But back to Storybrooke....

I was shocked to find out that Peter Pan was after the original curse. Can he pull it off on his own? And without the caveat of true love thrown in can anyone break it this time?

With the winter finale looming, Once Upon a Time Season 3 has left us with a lot more questions than answers. 

Review

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I am so glad they are off the island now if they would only get rid of Pan!

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Did anyone else wonder why the heck Regina trusted Henry to take him to the vault? If you remember, the real Henry knew about her vault & where it was, so Henry even ASKING should have sent out warning sirens!

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I like the actor who plays Pan, he is so cute in playing Henry, better than Henry actor! I think Neal deserves worse than a cold shoulder...I am so team Hook ;-)

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Just found this site randomly...I was looking for a fan place to put my questions about the show. I'm loving the suspense of this season. What I thought was hysterical in this show was how everyone (after the Pan/Henry switch was revealed) didn't hesitate to embrace "Henry", despite the fact that he looked like the guy they had been fighting for quite some time...that was something. Anyhoo, my question is -- what happened to Pan's heart? His actual heart...I have a theory that he must have lost it or took it out of himself (a la Cora) b/c that would explain why the evil took over him and why he would have this empty space just waiting for centuries for Henry's heart. Any ideas?

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@ Kimariyan

Great point about Pan's own heart, Kimariyan! You're right that there was obviously an empty space in him so Henry's heart could fit right in. We've seen characters exist without hearts (Sheriff Graham, Aurora, Cora). But, as far as we know, it's not possible to cram two into one space. So...where is Pan's original heart, and why hasn't Regina caught on that this is the only way he can be killed?

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After I watched the trailer for next episode, I guess Regina will do a similiar protection spell (for some inhabitants) as Cora did back in the EF. I actually hate the idea of a total memory loss for all characters... it's like first season all over again.

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Honestly, I just want this Peter Pan arc to be over ! It's bad enough that he followed them to SB, now he has to cast the curse AGAIN ! Hell no ! Funny thing is, I liked the actor better when he played Henry.. No idea why ! Also, I still cannot stand Henry, worse now that he is Pan.
I liked the fact that Mary Margaret told the others that Regina helped them, that was very nice. Also, loved Snow and Charming in the EF.
I agree that the Ariel/Eric reunion felt rushed ! The girl stood him up (wasn't her fault but still) and next thing you know, with no explanations whatsoever, they just kiss ! Nah, rushed and not well executed at all.
Hook, nicely done, stepping aside like that. I hope it all works out.
Why kill the Blue Fairy ? I don't get it... especially when minutes before I was noticing that she is always with the dwarfs and granny when Mary Margaret and David are there. So weird.
Again, they underestimated Emma's instinct ! She felt that something was off, not even Regina could do it, too eager to get Henry back. Also, I can't believe Regina kept the curse in the crypt, just like that !
Rumple and Belle are reunited, now that felt good ! I liked when he gave the elixir to David almost for free lol. Aye, the man is trying hard !
When Pan casts the curse, what is going to happen to everybody ? Are they going back to the EF ? Will they still remember who they are ? Will Emma and Henry follow? Too many questions.

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Felix i think will lose his heart if remember from before. The prohecy for rumple might come true if he saw henry. Henry with pan inside.

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I really hope they do a Pan and Wendy backstory as well. Like how he found her and trapped her in a cage. I also am kind of hoping they make Wendy and Pan a couple like in the books. Maybe she can be the good in him and lead him to redemption.

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For me Hook stepped aside, just backed off NOT given up! Is for Henry, as he knows Henry comes first for Emma, and he giving them a chance So as he says he is putting Henry's needs first but also Emma's because its whatever Emma needs from that, she will have to see... its still Emma's choice I am glad that angle Hook put out there, so for once and all, Hook did give that chance to them, to Emma if she wants it Hook was hurting, pretty much guessed he stayed up all night drinking when he bumped into Tink (he didnt go and look for any random woman but just bumped into one) and Tink knew what he was doing concerning Emma, she told him and the audience

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@ Len1

Vampire diaries.klaus used he is your true love but i will be your last.

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It was an solid episode. I loved the flashbacks.and the overall development and pace.
The Medusa story was interesting, I love the Charmings chemistry in the forest as well.
Mr. Gold's line about them all being family was nice. But I was happy the dream shade storyline was over. The Emma-Charming talk was nice, they finally started on screen bounding.
The Tinker-Hook moment was interesting, and Emma's reaction was worth the awkwardness. That is the biggest plot issue with me. Why there wasn't shown any Hook-Tinker back story. When did they meet? Why aren't Tinker and Pan BFF's? Etc, etc.
Jared as Pan was a nice change, his voice strangely/suddenly changed, he hadn't that much lines in S3 but this was an extreme change. But him chosing the right potion to send off Regina to sleep was just to easy and I really hope there is a Blue Fairy connection and it wasn't random as it seems .
Robbie Kay is the most adorable thing ever. I'm greateful he played the emotional scenes and not J.Gilmore. I just love him and want him to stay on the cast.
The Midseason final seems to be really great, even though we know none of the main characters will get hurt.

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@ Spindae 2.0

I think flashbacks will be coming, i dont think the show will not tell us the Hook angle in Neverland with Pan, and also Tink's story