Once Upon a Time Gave Us Two Hours, One Big Reveal and a Love Triangle
When a present all of the sudden presents a two-hour episode, it often means one thing large. Both it’s a climactic second within the story, a season finale or another occasion. Even when it’s not fairly as large as that, there’s often a clear motive for a two-hour present. Prior to now, Once Upon a Time has used its double-episode nights to maneuver the story ahead with one and inform a longer standalone fairy story with the opposite, like they did with the Mulan and Merida story from season 5. Final evening’s two-hour OUAT didn’t do any of that. There didn’t appear to be any motive to pair these two episodes collectively. Certain, one adopted instantly from the opposite, however not more than every other two episodes of this present. It felt extra prefer it was necessitated by ABCs scheduling than by the story. Like they didn’t know what to do with the 9 p.m. timeslot now that Inhumans is completed however Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t began but. So OUAT is caught with an ungainly three week break proper on the finish of the autumn season and has to make up for it with two episodes as an alternative of 1.
I’m not saying both of those have been dangerous. They didn’t blow anybody away, however they maintained the impressively prime quality of the brand new season. I can’t complain all that a lot in regards to the pairing as a result of each episodes have been pleasing to look at and moved the story ahead and an considerable tempo. It’s simply bizarre to see two normal episodes paired collectively in a single evening like this. The scheduling signaled a greater occasion than it really was. And the pairing of those two particular episodes meant that the most important reveal of the 2 hours got here midway by means of. At the very least it didn’t depart us with a gigantic cliffhanger. These are all the time annoying earlier than a lengthy break.
The primary hour was the rather more important of the 2, bringing an finish to Hook’s Eloise Gardner thriller. After all, in doing so, he unknowingly performed proper into Drizella’s fingers. After Weaver tries a little too exhausting to get Rogers off the case of the lacking woman, proper after he discovered a lifeless physique, Rogers spends all of his spare time trying to find her. At Henry’s suggestion, he reaches out to Alice for info. She comes again with a web page ostensibly torn from Gardner’s journal, claiming that the woman died. Depressed and feeling like a failure, Rogers is about to dive headfirst into a bottle of rum when a spilled drop reveals the web page is a pretend. Realizing Weaver put Alice as much as the lie, Rogers figures out fast that Victoria Belfrey doesn’t need the woman discovered.
This primary episode is exceptionally well-paced, leaping again and forth between the current day and flashback scenes. In actual fact, the flashbacks instructed such an fascinating story, I used to be nearly upset to return to Hyperion Heights. We lastly received to know this model of Hook, and what his life was like earlier than he stumbled on Hook Prime within the season’s second episode. When the Evil Queen’s curse didn’t work within the Want Realm, Hook went searching for another type of magic to get his revenge on the Darkish One. Listening to of a witch in a tall tower, he and Smee set off searching for her. That is how the season brings Tangled into all of this, and it has a actual fascinating twist on the story (with some foundation within the authentic Rapunzel fairy story.) Hook finds the tower, climbs it, and finds Rapunzel inside. She says she’s trapped within the tower by a spell and wants the witch’s magic flower to flee. Hook finds the flower, which entails a foolish however actually enjoyable battle with a big backyard gnome. He considers taking the magic for himself, however even this Hook is a higher man than that. Although he in all probability shouldn’t have been. He returns to the tower, the place Rapunzel instantly seduces him. You’d assume that may tip him off that one thing could be very unsuitable, however the days at sea get lonely I assume.
Within the morning, Rapunzel seems to have been the witch Gothel the entire time. She used magic to hurry by means of being pregnant and childbirth in a single evening. Fortunately, the present spared us the main points on that bit. Rapunzel, she says, trapped her within the tower years in the past. To get out, she wants to go away behind somebody who shares her genes. So she had a child simply to desert it in a tower. Even by fairy story requirements that’s F’ed Up. Fortunately, Hook is a higher particular person than she is, offers up his ship to Smee and stays behind to boost his daughter. It’s the sweetest factor we’ve ever seen. Once Upon a Time nonetheless is aware of tips on how to tug at your coronary heart. Right here comes the massive reveal, although. He names her Alice. That’s proper, Alice is his daughter. Realizing all this makes it all of the tougher when Rogers follows Belfrey to search out Gardner within the current. Should you hadn’t guessed by now, Gardner isn’t some poor lacking woman. She’s Gothel, the identical witch Belfrey (however actually Drizella) had been protecting in her tower. The tower! Oh man, it’s so apparent, I don’t know why we didn’t catch onto that earlier than. Effectively performed, Once Upon a Time.
The second hour was a lot lighter on large reveals, but it surely moved the story alongside properly. Within the flashbacks, we received to return to Wonderland, which was significantly better now that it’s in the principle present and not a dangerous, short-lived spin-off. Alice and Hook have a temporary, touching reunion within the resistance camp, however as quickly as she touches him, he collapses. She runs off to Wonderland, and Cinderella convinces Henry to comply with, figuring out that’s the place her mom disappeared to years in the past. She needs to know why her mom left her and her father. OK, that’s sort of an fascinating wrinkle within the story. Ultimately, we discover out that Hook received harm when he and his daughter touched as a result of Alice’s coronary heart was poisoned. Drizella had instructed Alice that she eliminated the poison, however that was a lie. The entire thing was an elaborate plot by Drizella to poison Henry’s coronary heart. That’s how she intends to hero-proof her personal Darkish Curse: Make it unattainable for Cinderella and Henry to share True Love’s kiss. Thankfully, Cinderella saves him, realizing that Henry is her real love. Henry’s coronary heart clearly isn’t poisoned but, as a result of they share a kiss and no person will get harm. Hey, Lucy needed to occur one way or the other.
I don’t essentially purchase Drizella’s plan right here. It’s convoluted to the purpose the place she would have needed to know precisely how everybody was going to behave At that time, it feels extra like a plot comfort than it does a villainous victory. However hey, now we all know what Drizella’s holding over Roni’s head and why she has to maintain Henry and Jacinda aside. Sooner or later, Drizella poisoned Henry’s coronary heart. Regina, now awake, has to guard her son’s life by protecting him from the girl he loves. Now, that’s the sort of emotional torment I come to Once Upon a Time for. Oh, additionally it seems Cinderella’s mother left as a result of her coronary heart was additionally poisoned. She joined up with Alice and died preventing a jabberwock. Okay, positive. That was a little too conveniently wrapped up, however no matter. It’s not just like the present spent sufficient time on Cinderella’s relationship together with her mom to make that matter.
The current day bits spent most of their time placing a damper on the entire Henry and Jacinda romance. I assume whenever you’re two romantic leads are already married once they first meet it’s important to pump the breaks on their relationship one way or the other. The primary episode of the evening noticed Regina painfully convincing Jacinda to blow off a deliberate date with Henry. With Belfrey in jail, custody of Lucy is up within the air as soon as extra. Regina tells Jacinda that social companies wouldn’t look too kindly on a new, unstable relationship. The second episode units up the love triangle that may in all probability carry by means of a good chunk of the season. Lucy’s father, Nick, has cleaned up since Jacinda left him. Now, he’s a lawyer and he’s serving to Jacinda get custody of Lucy again. There appears to be a reigniting of some outdated emotions on Jacinda’s half as nicely. Henry takes Nick’s look as a signal that he isn’t meant to be Lucy’s dad and spends the episode alternately brooding and attempting to win Jacinda’s coronary heart by fixing up her truck. Lucy is satisfied that Nick is a diversion, identical to Kathryn Nolan was in Henry’s e-book/Season One. Henry means that possibly he’s Kathryn Nolan and that’d be OK. The one motive I’m mentioning all that is that it results in my favourite line of the entire two hours. “No one needs to be Kathryn Nolan.” Alright, Lucy’s my new favourite OUAT child.
The place this will get fascinating although, is that it isn’t as clear reduce as season one was. Within the flashback, it’s revealed that Nick is definitely Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk). He and Henry have been pals earlier than he met Cinderella. They fought giants collectively and Henry instructed Jack all about Star Wars. He exhibits up within the resistance camp and there are some speedy sparks between him and Cinderella. It appears like their relationship isn’t as pretend as Lucy believes. That makes the love triangle extra than simply a diversion. It means one thing. Perhaps Henry actually is the Kathryn Nolan. Perhaps this received’t finish the best way we predict it can. May the True Love’s Kiss that ends the curse be one Drizella didn’t rely on? May it’s between Jacinda and Nick? Realizing this present, I don’t assume so, however simply the truth that it’s a risk is fascinating. Particularly in a season constructed on us flipping our expectations round on us. The 2-episode evening might not have felt as crucial or particular as they’ve previously, however they every took the story in new fascinating instructions. That’s sufficient to maintain me hooked for the following three weeks.