If you found the timing in the 2-hour finale awkward ("one year later"), it's because it was filmed as a separate Christmas installment for the UK. They just tacked it on to the US broadcast and made it the US season finale. Notice that even the opening credits were different.
I liked the contrast between life at Duneagle & life at Downton. Separating the family from the staff, and being in new surroundings, made them all seem to appreciate each other more. Wasn't O'Brien's counterpart at Duneagle positively creepy? And the horrid relationship between Rose's parents shocked even the Dowager. It will be interesting to see where season 4 picks up. I personally hope that Edith stops settling for scraps of a relationship when she deserves so much more. It's puzzling that Fellowes is writing such an intelligent character as stupid in this area. IMO, someone like Edith would have moved in with her Aunt Rosamund in London after being dumped to get away from Downton for a bit. She would have seen what other possibilities were out there. Sybil did it in the war, and usually sisters inspire each other.
I don't mean for to take up so much room. But, some final thoughts:
- Barbara Hershey/Cora in modern clothes looks 20 years younger. Hot mama!
- Leaving Hook unconscious in a corner - that's cold, Cora.
- I agree w/TFV168 - Gold's scarf is an anomaly if it's magic is protecting him yet isn't supposed to work in the land without magic.
- The "outsider" storyline is getting boring with me. I don't care about that man or who he is communicating with. Either go somewhere with it fast, or end it.
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...Rumple finds his son, and the first words out of his mouth are, "I'll use magic to change you back to a tween." YEAH, GODS MAN! Have you learned NOTHING in the past HUNDREDS of years?!?! Rumple is worse than Regina. He still hasn't accepted his responsibility for losing Bae, and I don't mean letting go of the kid's hand. He really lost Bae long before that moment. Which brings me to one of the *best* moments in the whole episode IMO - Neal's speech. We knew it wouldn't be a warm & fuzzy reunion. But, his bitterness about living in a world alone after being abandoned by his father was so AWESOME! It was consistent with all the hurt this family has passed down for generations. It's understandable. And, for someone who has caused as much pain as Rumple, it's karmic payback. Finding Bae was just the beginning. You don't get your happy ending, Rumple, without working long and HARD, and actually *deserving* it. BRAVO, OUAT!
@Jason - I agree with you about the Seer's prophecy. What is so ironic about them is that the character of the person hearing it affects what they hear. Mr. Gold/Rumple is so used to being the underdog that he automatically assumes the worst from every prophecy. He didn't even consider other interpretations of the Seer's words. "The boy will be your undoing," for Rumple meant that the kid will lead him to his death. Does he even think it could mean that if he voluntarily gives up magic & his manipulative ways, he'll finally get that loving family he's always wanted? Of course not, because as we saw, Rumple still doesn't see how magic & power has corrupted him...CONTINUED ABOVE
"So Rumple left Baelfire, who took off on Emma, who gave up Henry. That's quite the family history of abandonment issues." - Perfectly phrased, Christine!
What was great about this episode for me is that the reveal of Bae would have been the cliffhanger in most tv series, and then having Henry find out his real dad would have taken another 6 episodes. But, OUAT put it right in the first 5 minutes and then stepped on the storytelling gas, making the repercussions fly in all directions. Bae didn't just discover Henry's existence. Henry found out his mom lied, he has another grandfather (which led to the nights 2nd great quote from Snow), and the audience is now farther along than most of the main characters because we know about the seer's prediction & Cora's plot. Well done!
@DeAnn - The witch is played by Amy Aquino. I couldn't remember where I have seen her before until I looked it up. She recurs on THE MENTALIST as a judge helping Teresa Lisbon.
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...4) SUE ELLEN wakes up! For someone in business with the Ewings, Elena isn't a very good businessperson. Did she think Sue Ellen loaned her a lot of money to let the well sit there? I'm glad this deal wasn't forgotten. Elena should pay back the money if she doesn't want JRoss' mama in her face. But, calling her a "bitch" because her attention has been diverted to her fiance-of-the-month's clean energy cause isn't professional. Elena is the one who dropped the ball and didn't keep up her end of the deal.
5) WHERE IS CLIFF? - I think the show would have the character on more if the actor was in better health.
6) "Pamela" vs. "Rebecca" - When the other Rebecca is on the same episode, I think "Pamela" is used just to differentiate the two women. JR is definitely calling her "Pamela" to put her in the same basket as the original Pam.
1) HOLY COW! Annie shot Ryland! Mitch Pileggi's portrayal has sure erased any residual goodwill I felt from his Skinner days on THE X-FILES. I can't blame her. But, talk about burning bridges - any possible chance with her daughter was just shot to hell.
2) Judith Light is soooo good all the time! Evil, good, or usually the gray area in between, she never disappoints.
3) Sneaky secretaries - it's a continuation from the original DALLAS. From the first episode, J.R.'s assistant worked to get the lowdown on everyone in the Ewing Oil offices. It shows that while life goes on, some things remain the same, and sometimes the secretary can tell you more about what is going down than any technological do-dad.
Now, this is why I come to the reviews! Thank you for all the background information. I had no idea I was seeing a remake of an original episode. I watched the original 5-0 in reruns when I was child, although I can't remember if I saw this one. There were so many. I agree that the way they are playing around with the episode format this season is very interesting. I like it. One little tidbit that wasn't mentioned in the review is that Peter Weller (Hookman) directed this episode. Don't have time to peruse 4 pages of comments. So, someone else may have pointed it out prior. Thanks for a well-researched review that gives average viewers (like me) information they probably don't know.
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...similarity isn't just a coincidence. It's a sly reference that Lady G has been down that road before.
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