I like the inclusion of the Wicked Witch of the West (I guess) vs. The Evil Queen but Rebecca Mader is not right for the part IMO. She just isn't menacing enough. She just seems unhinged and that just isn't coming across as scary to me. Kelly Reilly seems a better fit for this role. She has a haunted quality.
We just have different perspectives. No harm. No foul. It is just a t.v. show after all.
For me I saw that Gabe could fall for Cat during S1. The episode where he visited the her mother's grave and she saw him there. He told Cat all the things her mother had told him about Cat--the type of music she liked, that sort of thing. So in a sense he knows her. He knows things about her that he would have learned had they dated. That scene at the cemetery was rather sweet. It showed that he was in touch with his humanity. With everything Cat's mother had told him about Cat, he had been endeared with Cat for years then he eventually met her. It is only because he was so desperate to find a way to cure his beast DNA that he did not act on his feelings for her. And the way he handled Cat when he used her as bait to lure Vincent was conflicted. He just felt he had no choice but to kill Vincent. I didn't see Gabe as evil but just driven to control his beast side. He wanted a normal life and he finally has it. Now he can express what he feels about Cat to her without any fear. Hope that helps.
I initially did not like the abrupt change in story this season but this episode changed my mind. Agree with the review. Expanding the beast mythology was a great story shift.
Well as far as performances go I must say that Drew Roy's performance during the bug removal scene was exceptional. Noah Wylie is always good and well-rounded as he balances the grizzled leader, sympathetic father and psuedo husband to Anne. I was a little late coming into this series but I think it is an okay show. It is a good way to end the week.
First off I am happy to know that there will be a second season. I have watched the show from the beginning and have had my issues with characterizations and writing. Despite that I never gave up on the show and I have been impressed with the level of ambition the producers or whatever have for this story. I don't have a lot to say about the finale except that I enjoyed it. It was a classic cliffhanger with unanswered questions and I look forward to seeing how the story continues. Like how and when Cat learns about her real father and all the details of that revelation; does Gabe survive and will he continue to be after Vincent; how will Cat and Vincent maneuver through their relationship. In hindsight I think the writers have done a good job keeping up the momentum.
@osofine I was wondering about the magic beans as well and I realized somethingâ€”I hope this helps. Considering that Hook got to Neverland via the water and now Tamara and Greg are going there as well via the same gateway I guess it is safe to assume (at least for now) the portal leading to Neverland is only through water; and the beans thrown on the land seem to open portals either to the â€œreal worldâ€� or some part of the fairytale world. Bae ended up in both worlds at different times and is now back in the fairytale world again.
I thought this was a good finale. I had expected the cliffhanger to be whether or not Storybrooke would survive. To see Emma get in touch with the magic within her and help save Storybrooke was great to see. I liked that we got to see more about Hook and that he actually does have a heart. Although I liked the twist of Belle believing she was Lacey, it was good to see her return. Gold was settling for what he could get as far as the Lacey twist goes; but Belle is who he actually loves. Belle is the one who brings out his humanity. On that note it is always good to see Regina step outside her cold, black bitch persona and regress to the woman she was. I am interested to see what happens next.
This was a good episode and I agree that Gabe has become a really interesting character with lots of shadings. He is all ambition and on top of what he does then with all the info coming out about his past he has this surprising level of vulnerability and a sort of quiet dignity. It will be interesting to see where they take this character because I swear with all that he knows about Cat and how he feels about Cat's mom I see the possibility of a love triangle perhaps? That would be a surprising twist.
@Marisa1983 - Thx for clearing that up.___________________________@Rosanne : you're right, Regina had her commited without her cursed persona, but I think she always had a cursed personality created for her. For 28 years, she simply had amnesia. Now she remembers her fake identity, just like David did when he woke up from his coma. He "remembered" his life with Kathryn, even though it was all fake and he was never with her in the first place.
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