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.
I'm glad that not too much attention was given to Robin Hood. Sometimes the writers go a bit overboard with bringing in more characters instead of focusing on the ones they started off with in the first season. What happened to Cinderella? Anyway, Belle reverting to her "cursed" persona was a nice twist to the Belle/Gold love affair since we never got to see Belle as Lacey before curse was lifted. I am confused though. Wasnâ€™t Belle locked up by Regina for 28 years in a mental ward?
It will be interesting to see how Gold reconciles the issue of Henry being the cause of his "undoing" although I think Gold has the wrong idea about it. I like the show but I don't like the way Emma's character is written. She is such an annoying heroine. I knew Regina was going to eventually find out about the magic beans but why write it so that Emma indirectly gives it up by what she said to Regina. This after everything she has been through with Regina. She is so brainless.
This episode was truly satisfying. Seeing Tess make that shift to support Cat after taking in everything was great to see. I was sorry to see Evan killed but I was glad that he found out what was really going on. The scenes between him and Vincent on the subway were great because here you have the two men who know and love Catherine doing what they felt needed to be done to protect her. I like that Vincent never got drawn into Evans misguided perception of him and stayed on point with telling him what Muirfield's true intentions were. I have had my issues with the show but I am so impressed with how this show has developed.
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The writers waiting until now to show us Tess' apartment and the pics she had of her and Cat came too late. That kind of bond needed to be shown at the start of the season. The writers took more time to flesh out J.T. and Vincent's bond where I actually like J.T.'s character. He has a gruff persona too but we have seen from the start that he really cares about Vincent.
This episode fell short to me because I had always felt that Tess' character is underwritten. I have never liked the character because she is so one-dimensional. All she does is make snarky comments and rolls her eyes at everything. What is up with that?
I was angry with Tess in the scenes between she and Cat when I should have been understanding where she was coming from. The writers failed to show early on the emotional connection between Cat and Tess; the friendship. I am automatically on Cat's side because her character's story is more developed. As a result what Cat has been doing where Vincent is concerned resonates; with Tess, I feel nothing. After she called Joe to say they had the wrong guy and then ended up in a life-threatening situation I didn't care. I hoped she ended up dying so that Vincent and Cat were safe. So it is really unfortunate that Tess just looks like a bad friend and bitch.
The writers waiting until now to show us Tess' apartment and the pics of she and Cat she had came too late. That kind of bond needed to be shown at the start of the season. The writers took more time to flesh out J.T. and Vincent's bond where I actually like J.T.'s character. He has a gruff persona too but we have seen from the start that he really cares about Vincent.
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