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.
***PRIOR COMMENT CONTINUED*** 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.
--COMMENT CONTINUED-- RoseAnne @Ben: Thanks for that link. That did provide a lot of information that helped to clear up a lot of my questions for this episode.
I have watched OUAT from the start and I love the concept of making fairytale characters real as well as bringing them into the real world. But I have to say that I became a bit frustrated with the introduction of new characters like Captain Hook, Mulan, and Princess Aurora with the start of the new season. Particularly when the storyline with Mary Margaret suspected of killing David's "wife" Kathryn (a/k/a Abigail/King Midas' daughter) was dropped after she was found alive. Did she reunite with her true love Frederick? There has been no mention of that. I wish they would stay within the initial group of characters and how their stories interconnect because it gets really confusing after awhile. I must say that learning that magic had found its way into the real world before the curse was lifted is really intriguing. I am interested in finding out what occurred that allowed its entry and if Rumpelstiltskin or even Cora had something to do with that. @Ben: Thanks for that link. That did provide a lot of information that helped to clear up a lot of my questions.
- prior comment continued - And even Gold did not want Cora coming to Storybrooke in an earlier episode. Now unless Mary Margaret/Snow enjoyed the little piece of power she dabbled with (as Regina did when she banished her mother to some other dimension) that is the only way she can go dark in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Can't believe there is only one comment here. I'm very late with this but I love this show. What puzzled me about this episode is the concept that Mary Margaret/Snow is going dark. I feel it goes against who she is. She isn't like Regina and Mr. Gold. She has experienced real love, they haven't. She had the love of her mother and father. She found "true" love with Charming. She isn't a selfish, self-serving monster. She has been solid in her convictions for doing what is right. The only reason she made the choice she did was to protect her family. Regina and Cora can not be reasoned with and I was glad that Snow woke up to that. They will stop at nothing to get what they want. They have no conscience. If she had not done what she did not only would she and her family had suffered but Storybrooke as a whole. It was simply a matter of having to choose between the lesser of two evils; Gold or Cora. And even Gold did not want Cora coming to Storybrooke in an earlier episode. Now unless Mary Margaret/Snow enjoyed the little piece of power she dabbled with (as Regina did when she banished her mother to some other dimension) that is the only way she can go dark in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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