Once Upon a Time Review: The Fear of Love

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Once Upon a Time has hit its most magical season yet, weaving captivating characters into a spellbinding story. 

"Quite a Common Fairy" turned out to be anything but, as Tinker Bell flew into the Enchanted Forest and offered Regina a second chance at true love. Unfortunately, the Evil Queen was too terrified to take it. 

Regina and Tinker Bell

I truly felt sorry for Regina throughout most of this episode. In the fairy tale past she looked almost innocent. Maybe it was that dress. We don't see her in white very often. She was just so sad and alone. Of course that didn't mean she wasn't angry. As she explained to Tinker Bell in this Once Upon a Time quote, she had no question about who was to blame…

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When Regina ran from her soulmate, I had to wonder if her terror was over the chance of losing true love once again or if she was afraid to lose the power she was working so hard to gain. Probably a combination of both. 

Unfortunately her fear led to Tinker Bell losing her happy ending as well, not to mention her wings. 

Did anyone else think the Blue Fairy had a serious attitude or was it just me? I suppose there's plenty of back story between her and Tinker Bell but her reactions still seemed harsh. If they all make it back to Storybrooke these two ladies should have an interesting reunion. 

Fast forward to Neverland and the past came back to haunt Regina once again. Lucky for her, Tink wasn't blood thirsty enough to crush her heart, literally. But Regina looked as though she'd given up. As if Henry's well being was all that mattered to her. I especially liked her conversation with Emma when she decided to stay behind. She made it clear that getting Henry away from Peter Pan was her first priority, no matter who made it happen. 

Apparently Charming believed in pixie dust or, as he called it, nuclear fairy dust. He's hoping it's the dream shade poison cure but if Tinker Bell's no longer a fairy, how will he find any of it?

Back in the Enchanted Forest, Neal was desperate to get to Neverland. So much so that he was willing to use another man's toddler as bait. Very scary. 

Mulan just couldn't catch a break. Last season she'd fallen for Philip only to have him wake up his true love. Now it looks like she has feelings for Aurora only to have her end up pregnant with Philip's child. Maybe Mulan will have better luck with the Merry Men.

But some of my favorite moments were between Henry and Peter Pan. First, I was so proud of Henry when he fired the poison arrow at Pan. No, I never expected it to be that easy but I was happy he had the guts to take the chance. 

Second, Pan explained how Henry came from the lineage of the greatest light (Snow White) and the greatest darkness (Rumpelstitskin). I'd never quite thought of it in those terms. Suddenly his obsession with Henry made perfect sense. 

And is Pan right, is simply bringing Henry into the world what makes Emma the savior?  

So do you think Neal will appear just as Emma and Hook get cozy? What are the odds of Charming finding that pixie dust? Are you hoping for a Regina / Robin Hood hook up or should he move on with Mulan? And are you surprised we haven't seen any of Storybrooke yet on Once Upon a Time season 3?

Quite a Common Fairy Review

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Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 3 Quotes

Emma is trapped in Neverland with Peter Pan who is hands down the nastiest person I've ever met.


Henry: I don't like apples.
Peter Pan: Who doesn't like apples?
Henry: It's a family thing.