Once Upon a Time Review: The Unexpected Life

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There were so many twist and turns in Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 11 that it was a bit difficult to keep up.

But in the end it was one hell of a ride that took most of our favorites back to the Fairy Tale world and left two of them out on their own.

Cowering in Fear

Peter Pan continued his reign of indifference and evil as he cast the curse. First off, he had no problem using his most loyal Lost Boy Felix. And by use, I mean ripping his heart from his chest and crumpling it to dust. Sometimes there's just no payoff in being the loyal sidekick. 

As usual Rumpel had a plan, but he needed the Black Fairy's wand to make it happen. which felt like an odd plot twist. Had we ever heard of the Black Fairy before? Unfortunately this seemed like a patched together way to bring the Blue Fairy back to life and allow Tinkerbell to play hero.

Although Tink deserved the title. The more I've seen of her this season the more I like her. I especially liked that way she cut off all of Blue's mourners at the church with her, "yeah, it's a terrible, terrible thing" because there was no time for a recap of the evils of the Black Fairy with Pan's shadow on the loose.

Tinkerbell's spunky and fun and I hope the end of the Neverland story doesn't mean we lose her for good. 

Emma and Snow had several bonding moments as they both regretted having to give up their children for the greater good. Both wished they'd had it to do over again but that wasn't meant to be…or was it?

When Henry and Peter Pan's bodies switched back, Pan once again showed how little he cared for anyone but himself. He rejoiced in making his own son cower and taunted him by trying to make him feel like the village coward once again. 

As Rumpel looked down at the band on his wrist that wouldn't allow him to use magic, I really thought he was going to cut his own hand off to defeat dear old dad. 

Instead, he called for his dagger which I'd all but forgotten about and used it to kill his father, but he had to die in the process.

Poor Belle. I truly felt for her as she fell to the ground. She'd just gotten Rumpel back. Her love made him a better man and they both knew it but this was where that result led. 

When it came time to stop the curse, it all came down to Regina. But there was a price to be paid and they all needed to know what that was.

But Hook appeared to worry that she was hesitating as he asked in this Once Upon a Time quote

Can you stop it or should we all start preparing our souls because mine's going to take some time.


Leave it to Hook to make me laugh during the show's most dramatic moments; that's why I love him. Well, that and his love for Emma.

As Regina explained that the price was that she could never see the person she loved the most ever again, everyone felt the weight of it. And Henry blamed himself for trying to break the original curse in the first place.

Regina: I cast a curse out of vengeance and I'm a villain. You heard Mr. Gold, villain's don't get happy endings.
Henry: You're not a villain. You're my Mom.

Once again, the kid was torn between his two mothers but this time would turn out differently, even if he didn't know it. 

Regina gave Emma and Henry the past they should have had, even if it was only in their minds. They'd remember a past where Emma never gave him up. It may have been a lie but their future together would be the truth.

The one year time jump surprised me. I expected the show to end with that little yellow bug driving away from the Storybrooke that was. 

Instead we see Emma and Henry living a domestic and happy life together, until a strange knock at the door revealed a pirate with a hook. 

I loved that Hook kissed her. He was hoping that true love's kiss would unlock her memories. Unfortunately it doesn't work when it's a one way street. 

But Hook's a determined man and somehow he's found a way back to the real world to save Emma's family from some grave danger. I doubt something as trifling as her lack of memory or love for him will stand in his way.  

As Mary Margaret once told Henry…

Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a powerful thing.

Mary Margaret

Well, I for one choose to believe. And as much as I enjoyed the Once Upon a Time winter finale, I can't wait for it to return this on March 9th.


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Of course Hook's kiss didn't work, and he should've known it wouldn't: you can't love someone you don't know (as Snow and Belle - sorry, Lacey - have amply proven). As for whether it could have worked otherwise... well, I'll say that this season has left me open to Captain Swan shipping (and I was a diehard Swanfire even before we actually knew Baelfire was Henry's father), but I think it's a little overstating to call Emma's feelings for Hook "love" at this point. I'm more interested in Rumple. I will be Seriously Displeased if he's actually gone from the show. (No, flashbacks would not be enough.) I would be issuing dire threats in case Emma and Henry don't get their memory back by the end of the season, but one of the things I love about this show is that it doesn't tend to draw out plotlines beyond a season finale, so I'm optimistic that the problem will be dealt with well. But Rumple... I'll take him over Blue any day of the week. Something about basic competence...

Captain swan

true love's kiss didn't work cause she doesn't know him. remember when rumple tried it too but belle lost her memory so it didn't work too

@ Captain Swan

Yeah. Don´t forget the same thing happened with Snowing in "Heart of Darkness".
OMWorld! The pararels...


Did anyone notice how. Big Mary Margery/snow white is getting?wow!!! I love this show!!! I CAN'T WAIT until March!#

@ michelle

Yes I noticed last night she is really starting to show. They will have to keep her in big clothes and hide her behind things to hide she is having a baby. Rumple is not gone. I was mad when Bell fell to the ground crying nobody helped her. Bad people! Also why wasn't Emma taken back too since she was born in the other world like the others. Also how did Neal get out to be the father of Henry but he had to go back? That made no since writers. I am so glad Pan is gone! March is way too long ---what is up the network tv now?


I pretty much lost it when Rumple died. He is one of the strongest and most well developed characters on this show and I couldn't think of this show continuing without him. I was also very worried that they were going to write Emma out of the show, at least for a while, thank god they didn't. I honestly hated Henry at the end of this episode because I just felt he was the reason for everything upsetting in this finale. He was the reason it came to the point of Rumple needing to die to defeat Pan and he was the reason Emma was having to lose her parents again. If I liked Henry's character more I wouldn't blame it on him but the love I had for Henry in season 1 is gone. I remember not being able to imagine him dying in season 1 and my heart breaking when he almost did, but now, meh, it wouldn't have made me shed a tear, except maybe for Regina/Emma for their lost. I think Neal and Hook fans are both going to interpret that ending very differently but as a Hook fan I will admit I don't think that kiss proved anything. True love's kiss only works to an extent. Emma is under a variation of the curse that everyone else used to be under. When Charming and Snow were under the curse they kissed many times and it never brought back their memories. Rumple kissed Belle and it didn't bring back hers. It is the simple fact that without the memory of them, true love's kiss isn't true love's kiss. I think honestly the kiss was just to show us that Hook thinks Emma is his true love, and to give us a funny moment of Emma fending him off. If Neal fans try to argue that it means that Hook isn't her true love Neal is, then I would have to point out, if the kiss not working means it isn't true love, then that means that her true love was Graham. When Graham and her kissed it broke the curse for him so if Neal fans want to use that logic then it means that Graham is her true love not either of them. Not saying that I think that is true, believe me I think her true love is Hook or Neal, but just felt the need to point that out. I have to say I was kind of hoping when she walked back into her apartment it would all come flooding back so I was a little sad when it didn't but I still have hopes, especially after their goodbye vs her and Neal's. I definitely squealed like a little girl when Hook said he would think of her every day and she said good. I am wondering what this new curse means for things that have happened on the show. Right now the curse is very ambiguous. Did everything that happened in Storybrook never occur? Did none of the deaths happen (ie. Graham, Rumple, Pan)? I know that all the other characters have their memories of what happened so obviously things occurred but I just feel like it is really unclear right now what exactly the curse did other than sending them back and the writers are definitely going to use that to their advantage in some cases (like Rumple and Pan) but not others (Graham). I hope they also explain how Hook was able to come back seeing as Regina said they would NEVER be able to. I was very upset with the show when there was about 8 min left but the show definitely got me excited again when they made sure Emma and Henry would be brought back in right away when the show returns. It also means there will be plenty of flashbacks because of them having that 1 year time jump. I know it won't be long ago flashbacks like we have gotten before but regardless I feel like the writers are always on their A game when they have to write flashbacks rather than the current time.


I feel for Emma, but i always do Regina and Henry awww... Hook found Emma, he came back, he would find her
And yes a true love kiss has to work both ways, and i think for Emma its still a very much a journey for her to get there, her pov, her mindset will have to get there... so it wont work until she gets there and so on

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Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 11 Quotes

Blue Fairy: Have faith.
Snow: That's easy to say when you have magic wings and a wand.

Felix: Outwitting the Evil Queen in less than a day. That's impressive.
Peter Pan: She loves the boy. That makes her weak.