Didn't it show the clock stuck at 8:15 again...
not stuck. the clock hit 8:15, bringing the season full circle as the whole deal of curse breaking started at 8:15. THis episode had a lot of book-end moments (henry waking up with a kiss just like show started with snow and charming, emma throwing a sword to maleficent just like charming did in pilot, etc).
I don't think Regina loves Henry - because she can't. If she did, then she could have kissed Henry and broken the curse, but she didn't even approach him.
For the kiss to work, the love must be mutual. Henry does not feel that way about regina, thus it would NOT work.
Some people just keep bringing up that "Emma believed too fast".
Emma's belief was gradual. She started the show in disbelief on all of these things and through the show we saw those glimpses of her going "what the hell" at stuff. By the 1x21 she was not disbelieving, she was actively trying to deny it all because of her own personality.
Henry's situation forced her to face up to it all because she had no choice of sitting around - because henry, the responsibility she is trying to take, became part of the responsibility she was trying to deny.
In a sense that is a parallel to Regina. Regina in a way chose Henry over the curse, working with Emma, etc. Emma, chose Henry over her own peace of mind, accepting the responsibilities she was running away from.
Also, I agree I would have liked the happy family reunion (Charming, Snow, Emma and Henry). I hope next season catches up exactly right where we left off.
Frankly I doubt it will be that happy. There are bound to be issues and awkwardness between them all. Emma is their daughter they never saw growing up and they are her parents she never got chance to have.
Lots of issues to be worked out.
and I am not sure why Rumple would WANT to bring magic back if it's going to benefit Regina as well
rumple is older, wiser, stronger and way way more powerful. He does not see Regina as a threat, especially now when he seemingly holds all the cards.
am very curious to find out next season WHY they weren't transported back...
Because no one said that curse breaking would do that? Rumple never said that curse breaking would result in them all returning to their world.
However, I think that Emma came around kind of quickly...
It was something that was built upon every episode. She went from disbelieving to actively trying to deny the belief as shown in 1x21. Henry's situation was just that final pebble that broke down the entire dam.
Will Regina redeem herself? That smile at the end wasn't a good sign though. That, I'm not sure I understood, because she didn't want the curse to be broken in the first place. Now it is and she seems pleased?!
The way I see it, Regina is getting pushed back form her position as main villain into more of smaller villain role as Emma's FOIL. I can clearly see her and Emma having those frienemies moments like in this episode and Regina eventually starting to get better as a person.
Regina was happy because that smoke is magic coming back - hence she gets her powers, hence she has a fighting chance instead of having nothing.
Also, Pinocchio's deal was to help Emma break the curse. Not to help her believe. Till curse broke in the eyes of the magic that crated him, he WAS dishonorable.
Why did Pinocchio transform? Not only was he honorable, but Emma finally believed. If his purpose was fulfilled then why did he turn to wood? And why did his face turn so fast while it took weeks for his leg to do so?
His magic ran out.
I can go on with the multitude of discrepancies, contradictions and plotholes this show keeps throwing at us every episode.
Then please go on and list the actual things. So far all you managed to list are "baww, I did not understand how it works" cases.
And why is the river even in Storybrooke? The rivers of fairytale world were also transported through the curse? Does that mean the whole landscape of fairytale world was transported? The multitude of kingdoms? Foreign lands like the genie's Aggrabah? The infinite forrest?
Yes to all of that.
According to Regina, Storybrooke is bigger on the inside than on the outside. The town houses entire world.
Why did the river still have its magic in the first place? Shouldn't all magic have disappeared? It should be a normal river by now.
There's leftovers magic everywhere in storybrooke. Its just leftovers from FTL and most of stuff that could be used has run out during those 28 years. The river might have had magical nature in it, but it grew weaker over time. Gold used the potion to "reignite" it there and the effects of the well did the rest then.
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