Once Upon a Time Season 4 Episode 16 Review: Poor Unfortunate Soul

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The villains struggled to find their own happy endings on Once Upon a Time Season 4 Episode 16 but while some still searched, one had actual already found his own. Now he had to fight the fear of losing it. 

Once again we took a walk, or should I say a swim, down memory lane to see how a mermaid with a beautiful singing voice became Ursula the dreaded sea witch.

I can’t say it was all that captivating but it did fill in the necessary details of Hook and Ursula’s past relationship. 

Hook always had a temper and was fixated on getting revenge on the Dark One for over a century so perhaps his split second decision to turn on Ursula shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

But the appearance of Ariel and Poseidon back in Storybrooke felt a little too quick to be believable. Then again, we’re talking about magic so it’s all about how much you’re willing to believe. 

The Jolly Rodger being turned into a miniature ship in a bottle was a cute touch and I loved Hook’s response to Will’s ribbing in this Once Upon a Time quote

Careful, mate. It's unwise to insult the size of a pirate's ship.


The most touching part of the entire hour was when Hook told Emma that she was his happy ending. She appeared completely taken aback. 

So it’s true, former villains can get their happy endings but keeping them may be even more difficult. 

I was a little surprised that David and Mary Margaret got judgmental about Hook saying he’d like to drive that dagger through the Dark One’s heart. How was he suppose to feel? The guy used his identity to blindside Belle. I think Hook had the right to be angry. 

Speaking of Gold, I loved that he made August’s nose grow once again. It was a kitschy and yet a great use of fairy tale history. 

Regina did a wonderful job of playing the double agent. She walked that line brilliantly and her magical message through Mary Margaret was equal parts fascinating and frightening. Don't underestimate Regina's magic.

So now we know that the Dark One plans to fill the Savior’s heart with darkness and the author is trapped inside his own book. Both lay the foundation for great intrigue for the rest of Once Upon a Time Season 4.

Check back next week for our review of Once Upon a Time Season 4 Episode 17 and if you can’t wait another minute for the magic, you can always watch Once Upon a Time online now here at TV Fanatic. 

Poor Unfortunate Soul Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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C. Orlando was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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